In Memoriam: My Dinner with Walker

PAUL D. CHAPMAN 1953-2017 It was 1973 and I was a junior at Rice enrolled in Geoff Winningham’s Introduction to Photography class. In October we took a field trip to Austin to hear Walker Evans speak at the University of Texas. It was a weeknight and I had an economics exam the next day, but … Continued

Spotlight: 2018 Fellowship Winners

CAROLYN DRAKE 2018 HCP FELLOWSHIP WINNER INTERNAT Carolyn Drake’s Internat project centers on her long-term engagement with girls – now young women – interred in a former Soviet orphanage in the Ukraine. When Drake returned to the region in 2014, she found that the young women had not graduated to independent living but remained in their isolated … Continued

A Dangerous Nostalgia

When Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas created For Freedoms in 2016, no one could have been prepared for the magnitude of the political upheavals we have been experiencing. Since its formation, For Freedoms has become an increasingly visible challenger of political agendas that infringe on human rights and democratic ideals. As they pass their … Continued

Traveling Through the Dark

I met Curran in a dark bar in Manhattan after a talk he gave at Higher Pictures in 2015. I was in the unsteady midst of my grad school experience. We knew of each other and our photographs. The conversation was brief, but we’ve remained in contact ever since. Two years later, we were invited … Continued

Ange Ong: Hong Kong Café

Ange Ong’s Hong Kong Cafe explores the specific cultural exchange that occurred as a result of British colonialism in her native country. Growing up, Ange was a regular of Hong Kong’s British-influenced colonial-era cafes. When Ange left Hong Kong, she found these cafes in immigrant communities across North America that sought to recreate these familiar … Continued

Three Parts: An Interview by Leah Dyjak

David and I met when I was a student at Massachusetts College of Art in 2004. Years later, I went to his lectures in Provincetown hoping to reconnect. In the summer of 2010, he asked me to assist on one of his shoots photographing a young man in a parking lot. David made a picture … Continued

The Uncovering of Hidden Histories: An Interview by Obafemi Ogunleye

This interview is a continuation of a recent conversation between myself and Juliana Kasumu conducted in 2016, prior to the release of From Moussor To Tignon (FMTT). The original interview, which can be found in the Houston Center for Photography library, touched on her creative process while producing the collection, expectations for the body of … Continued

Creating Community: An Interview by Paula Kupfer

A precise definition of “community” is elusive: sure, it refers to a group of people bound by something, but that something is ever-shifting. It can refer to ideology, place, a shared history, or idiosyncratic allegiance. Capturing a community through photographs—and distilling that which binds its members—can be equally, if not more, nebulous, especially if the … Continued

From the Editor

If you’re on our mailing list, you’ve likely received a little green envelope with the words “Community through Photography” on it. As a community-based organization, HCP prides ourselves on our ability to bring people together from around the world through this art and practice. Both our local and global communities are growing and changing daily, … Continued