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The Face of Texas: Photographs by Michael O'Brien

The Face of Texas by Michael O'Brien (book cover)

JANUARY 12 – MAY 15, 2015
      Portraits by MICHAEL O'BRIEN
      Stories by ELIZABETH O'BRIEN 

The Wittliff Collections are proud to present our first solo exhibition of images by one of America’s premier portrait photographers. In this series, based on his latest book from the University of Texas Press, MICHAEL O'BRIEN celebrates the individuality and independent spirit of Texans—from ordinary folk to the rich and famous, including those born here and those who eventually made Texas home. For his new edition of The Face of Texas, O’Brien has added portraits and updated photographs of people from the first edition. Writer and former Life reporter ELIZABETH O'BRIEN offers insightful verbal vignettes for the new portraits and also brings us up-to-date with the lives of the rest of the subjects. Each of the 48 portraits in this exhibition are accompanied by her narrative about the person. This winning combination of images and stories about a fascinating, eclectic mix of Texans is a fitting homage to our unique state.

JANUARY 25 the Wittliff Collections will host an exhibition reception, free public program, and book signing with Michael and Elizabeth O'Brien. The Face of Texas (University of Texas Press) will be available for purchase at the event. See the Events page for more information.

[above] O'Brien's The Face of Texas cover features his latest portrait of Willie Nelson, © 1999, which is on view in the exhibition.