Trinity University Press

Books about Photography

Alamo to Espada: A Vintage Postcard Profile of San Antonio’s Spanish Missions

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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San Antonio's five Spanish missions, including the Alamo, were being pulled from the brink of destruction at the start of the twentieth century, just as picture postcards were coming into vogue. Alamo to Espada profiles the dramatic transformation with more than 150 illustrations and a chapter for each mission. A special section features postcard images showing the variety of ways the Alamo has been remembered—in...

Hometown Texas

Joe Holley (author), Peter Brown (photographs)

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Peter Brown and Joe Holley are interested in place and what makes people who they are. With particular interest in how people take the hand they’ve been dealt—fate, family, circumstance, luck—and craft a life for themselves, the authors celebrate the grit and gumption of these Texas originals. Introducing quirky characters and tenacious spirits, Holley’s stories seek out the personality of the small town while Brown’s...

Land and Light in the American West

Becky Duval Reese (foreword), William R. Thompson (introduction), John Ward (photographs)

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Ranging in scale from tree bark to the vast emptiness of the desert Southwest, the photographs in Land and Light in the American West provide a visual integration of landscape and ruin, transcendence and decay, that speaks to the powerful forces of nature and culture at work in the West. Inspired by the photography of Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams and their dedication to the natural world, John Ward has been...

It is an inspiration from cover to cover!Apogee

The Luck Archive: Exploring Belief, Superstition, and Tradition

Mark Menjivar (author), Harrell Fletcher (foreword)

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Artist Mark Menjivar was in an antique bookshop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, when he found 4 four-leaf clovers pressed between the yellowed pages of an aged copy of 1000 Facts Worth Knowing. Their discovery piqued Menjivar's curiosity so much that he began a multiyear exploration into the concept of luck and its intersections with belief, culture, superstition, and tradition in people’s lives. Menjivar tells the story...

Menjivar’s project opens up the possibility, if only for a moment, to reflect on our own beliefs and traditions. And more importantly, it opens the potential to connect,... — Glasstire

Name Them—They Fly Better: Pat Hammond’s Theory of Aerodynamics

Christopher Ornelas (author), Naomi Shihab Nye (foreword)

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Pat Hammond is not your ordinary artist. In fact, she doesn’t even consider herself an artist. She takes everyday objects, such as spinning tops and jars of cicada shells, and infuses them with new meaning and hope. Through humor and personalization, she uses insignificant and unconventional objects to illuminate a “grand truth” about the world, and even about herself. Author Christopher Ornelas found out about...

Photography on the South Texas Frontier: Images from the Witte Museum Collection

Bruce M. Shackelford (author)

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The images in Photography on the South Texas Frontier catch South Texans through more than 150 years of formal and informal moments in studios, at home, at work, and at play. The photographs, most published for the first time, are from the top-ranked collection of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  The illustrations were scanned in color, yielding a range of tones that otherwise disappear when historic images...

These rare photographs, edited with such great affection, insight, and skill, provide a unique window into our region’s past and deserve an honored place on the bookshelf... — San Antonio Express-News

Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens

Hilton Als (foreword), Lowry Pei (introduction), Vaughn Sills (photographs)

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Places for the Spirit is a stunning collection of more than eighty fine art photographs of African American folk gardens—and their creators—in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Through her patient search up and down small-town streets and dusty rural roads, award-winning photographer Vaughn Sills has unearthed an important element of American landscape that is quickly...

Every once in a while, a unique and wonderful book appears. [This] is one of those extraordinary books.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Power of Trees

Gretchen C. Daily (author), Charles J. Katz Jr. (photographs)

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Intimate in size yet quietly breathtaking in scope, this graceful gift book will forever change how you think, and how you feel, about trees. In poetically charged scientific observations, renowned conservation biologist Gretchen Daily narrates the evolution, impact, and natural wonder of trees. Charles Katz’s twenty-six duotone black and white photographs illustrate the development of trees: how trunks were formed,...

As Daily points out, trees come in at least 60,000 varieties. Over their some 400 million year history, they have staked their claim in nearly every terrestrial...Shelflife

Ranch Gates of the Southwest

Lucy R. Lippard (introduction), Daniel M. Olsen (photographs), Henk van Assen (photographs), Kenneth I. Helphand (contributor)

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In the wide open landscapes of the Southwest, ranch gates stand out as singular icons of a way of life common to the region. Not only symbols of ranching culture, they also offer insight into the design, landscape, and cultural history of the Southwest. Ranch Gates of the Southwest explores in images and text how these entryways lead to an understanding of the people and the land across a territory that covers...

Ranch Gates is consummate myth-making, implying a kind of lost-Eden sense of abandonment, a quixotic relationship between people and the place they’ve settled. — Su Casa Magazine

River Walk: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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River Walk untangles the story of the evolution of San Antonio's river into a travel destination for 5 million visitors each year. Of the 230 illustrations, many in color, dozens are historical images never before published. They help document how the river was revived from the sluggish trickle of a century ago to a world-renowned model for river development. Included is the most complete account—dramatically...

Lewis Fisher gets it right . . . a solidly researched text eloquently presented with detailed footnotes and illustrated with historic photographs and architectural drawings.Texas Architect

San Antonio Portrait

T. R. Fehrenbach (foreword), Mike Osborne (photographs)

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In San Antonio Portrait, Mike Osborne’s camera captures the architectural and festive spirits of Spain and Mexico that have pervaded the city for nearly three centuries, as he takes a fresh look at treasured historic landmarks and at exciting contemporary additions to the scene. Many of the city’s favorite places, and some of its most festive events, will be recognized quickly. Others may take a bit longer. A foreword...

The Spirit of Tequila

Joel Salcido (author), Paul Salopek (foreword), Chantal Martineau (introduction)

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Agave dates back to the Aztec civilization as an important crop in Mexico. Since the 1600s the people of western Mexico have cultivated blue agave from the red volcanic soil that blankets the region to make what we know as tequila. The Spirit of Tequila celebrates the tradition and culture of this iconic drink. Joel Salcido traveled across the state of Jalisco capturing images of distilleries and artisanal tequileras,...

Yosemite in Time: Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers

Rebecca Solnit (author), Mark Klett (photographs), Byron Wolfe (photographs)

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Yosemite is a world-famous location that has attracted photographic greats like Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams, along with environmentalists, mountaineers, and countless tourists. Yosemite in Time puts this landscape and its history in a new perspective, with Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe’s original photographs and panoramas, together with rephotographs of some of the most enduring images taken at...

Lovely and important.San Francisco Chronicle