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Ben Aqua, From the series Business Deals in the New Future, 2007
Courtesy of the artist


Rebecca S. Carter, Selections from My Own Backyard, 2007
Courtesy of the artist

FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography

New Images by Texas Artists

November 6, 2008 - January 10, 2009


FotoFest Headquarters
Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat noon - 5pm

Houston Center for Photography
Wed & Fri 11am - 5pm, Thur 11am - 9pm,
Sat & Sun noon - 6pm


Photography and its inherent properties (light, lens, image) is the primary medium of some artists. Others use photography as a tool, picking up a camera when it suits the conceptual and material needs of their ideas. The images included tell us as much about the medium of photography—its role in our lives and the possibilities it presents for art-making — as they tell us about the people, objects and moments they represent.
Risa Puleo, Curator


FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography (HCP) join together in a first-ever exhibition collaboration to commission and present a new show of emerging Texas photographic artists. The organizations have commissioned Arturo Palacios (Director, Art Palace, Austin) and Risa Puleo (Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin) to co-curate the exhibit, the third the Talent in Texas series. The exhibit is presented in both spaces – FotoFest Headquarters Downtown and Houston Center for Photography in the Museum District.

VIEWFINDER explores the wide scope of photographic art practice today from traditional film-based still photography to video and installation work and features 15 artists from 11 Texas cities - from Beaumont to El Paso and Lubbock to Laredo:

Ben Aqua (Austin)
Rebecca S. Carter (Dallas)
Piotr Chizinski (Lubbock)
Beau Comeaux (Dallas)
Emilie Duval (Beaumont)
Robin Dru Germany (Slaton)
Buster Graybill (Huntsville)
Anna Krachey (Austin)
  Ivan Lozano (Austin)
Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Plano)
Justin Parr (San Antonio)
Zeque Peña (El Paso)
Eduardo Garcia (Laredo)
Ansen Seale (San Antonio)
David Waddell (Houston)


Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6 - 9pm
FotoFest Headquarters at Vine Street Studios
with Emergency Soundcast System

(Eduardo Garcia and Alex Rodriguez)
Friday, November 7, 2008 6 - 9pm
Houston Center for Photography
with DJ Zeque Peña

Refreshments provided by Tito's Handmade Vodka and Saint Arnold Brewing Company


>> Press Release

FotoFest programming is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 8, 2008, 2pm
Saturday Matinee Artist Talk at HCP
with Rebecca Carter, Piotr Chizinski, Emilie Duval, Anna Krachey, Zeque Peña , and Lupita Murillo Tinnen

Saturday, December 6, 2008, 2pm
Saturday Matinee Artist Talk at FotoFest
with Ben Aqua, Beau Comeaux, Robin Dru Germany, Ivan Lozano, Justin Parr, and Ansen Seale

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 11am

Curator Walk and Talk

with curators Arturo Palacios and Risa Puleo and artist David Waddell
The gallery walk through begins at FotoFest and is followed by a discussion over lunch
at an area restaurant with the curators. After lunch the tour resumes at Houston Center for Photography

Please call for details and reservations:
FF: 713.223.5522 ext 19 or HCP: 713.529.4755


FotoFest's 2008-2009 Interbiennial Exhibits are sponsored by:
Houston Endowment, Inc.
The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston
Houston Arts Alliance
The Wortham Foundation
Vine Street Studios
FotoFest Board of Directors
iLand Internet Solutions
The Houston Press

Houston Center for Photography is supported by its Members and in part, by:
Texas Commission on the Arts, a partner agency of National Endowment for the Arts
Houston Arts Alliance
Houston Endowment, Inc.
Cemo Family Foundation
Clayton Dabney Foundation
Charles Butt
James Edward Maloney

David McClain and Jane Schmitt
Drs. Patricia Eifel and James Bell
Joan Morgenstern
Mike Plank
Antonio Manega, Gazer Design Group
Pia Puno
QUE Imaging

  VIEWFINDER is supported in part by:
Cemo Family Foundation, Southern Union Company, Robert Abbinanti, Jay Munisteri, Kerry F. Inman, Tito's Handmade Vodka Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Under the Volcano, Sharp Egg, Sicardi Gallery, QUE Imaging, and Mary Magsamen and Stephan Hillerbrand


FotoFest offers free guided tours to groups of all sizes and ages, both students and adults.

To schedule an adult or college tour please contact Jennifer Ward, Exhibitions Coordinator at or 713.223.5522 ext. 18

To schedule an primary or secondary school tour please contact Emily Neal, Literacy Through Photography Director at or 713.223.5522 ext. 11