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From Uncertain to Blue | Keith Carter

Paradise, © 1988, by Keith Carter

JULY 6 – SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
FROM UNCERTAIN TO BLUE: Photographs by Keith Carter
Alkek Library / First Floor — open regular library hours

In the 1980s, Keith Carter and his wife, Patricia, visited over 100 small Texas towns with intriguing names like Diddy Waw Diddy, Paradise, and Mount Calm. Keith’s method was simple and practical: one town, one photograph. Although he would take several rolls of film in each place, Keith selected only one representative image to print then titled the photographs with the names of the small towns. Thirteen images from this series—plus the road map the Carters used to chart their project — are on display from the Wittliff Collections’ major holding of Keith Carter’s work. Texas Monthly Press published From Uncertain to Blue in 1988, and 23 years later the University of Texas Press published a new version with field notes from Patricia Carter. Pat’s notes are included in this exhibition, which is installed on the first floor of Texas State’s Alkek Library.

[above] Paradise, 1988, by Keith Carter