New Book about Denison
in Photography: Denison, Texas, 1872-1999, by Mavis Anne Bryant
Price: $19.95 plus tax. Paperback, 6x9 inches,
187 pgs. No illustrations.
Photographers were among the colorful characters who
populated the American West and documented its history. The small North
Texas town of Denison was a crossroads where several railroads met, a place
where travelers and settlers found adventure, made fortunes?and had their
Founded in 1872, Denison was the "Gate City"
to Texas, carved out of the prairie just south of Indian Territory. The
town grew and prospered, changing from a railhead for cattle drives into
a shipping mecca for agricultural riches. The newly affluent citizens erected
large buildings and impressive homes. By the end of the twentieth century,
Denison was a mature city. In every decade, camera artists came and went,
recording the shifting social and physical scene.
This book tells the stories of some 125 photographers
who worked in Denison. Many of them also took pictures elsewhere in the
West and the Great Plains. Complementing the classic reference works that
inventory photographers in large regions or states, this volume focuses
on the place of photographers in a single community over time.
Based on extensive research in genealogical
sources and local newspapers, city directories, and other documents, "Lives
in Photography" identifies dynasties of studio owners, women active in
the profession, and career trajectories of individual photographers.
The book will also help family historians date
particular images, based on the years when a given photographer was active
in a locality.
DR. MAVIS ANNE BRYANT is a fifth-generation resident
of Grayson County, Texas. She has lifelong experience as a professional
writer, editor, and clinical psychologist. A graduate of Stanford University,
she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. With Donna
Hord Hunt, she also authored a pictorial history, "Denison" (Arcadia, 2011),
and "Two Schools on Main Street: The Pride of Denison, Texas, 1873-2007"
(Gate City, 2009).
To get your copies of Lives in Photography:
* Order NOW at https://www.createspace.com/3930812
* Purchase copies at Main Street Mall, 500 West Main,
Denison; or at the Denison Chamber of Commerce, 313 West Woodard.
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