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The Face of Texas: Portraits of Texans (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juni 2003

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Hearing the word 'Texas' conjures images of a state as diverse as it is large, and this book captures the array of people - from common folks 'done well', such as Willie Nelson, to a couple who have gone to Washington to lead the nation and reside in the White House, yet still have Texas branded deep in their hearts and souls. The well-visualised and executed photographs pair with the penned portraits of the subjects, giving the reader a complete panoramic vision of Texas, expanding the horizon and confirming that there are many worlds in Texas.

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Michael O'Brien began his career as a staff photographer for the Miami News and now shoots portraits for a living. Some of his photographs are part of the permanent collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, the Wittliff Collection of Southwestern & Mexican Photography at Southwest Texas State University, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography in New York. He lives in Austin, Texas. Elizabeth O'Brien is a former newspaper editor and Life Magazine reporter.

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Outstanding!! 20. Juni 2003
Von Megan Langley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Face of Texas stands out within the array of Texas books that have been published in recent years. The photographs by Michael O'Brien--portraits of Texans, both famous and ordinary--are stunning; and the subjects themselves, from celebrities like Earl Campbell and Lady Bird Johnson to regular folks like painter Ran Horn of Van Horn, TX, the self-described "Van Gogh of Van Horn," and Ila Johnston, the beloved, retired Spur, TX high school teacher who just renewed her Texas driver's license at the age of 97, are fascinating individuals. The pictures in The Face of Texas are accompanied by well-written, plainspoken stories by Elizabeth O'Brien about each subject. The text and photographs combine to create a substantial picture of each person that transcends the visual; both writer and photographer treat their subjects with warmth and respect. The book is not meant to be a definitive portrait of Texas; as photographer Michael O'Brien says in his introduction, it is simply a collection of his favorite portraits taken over the years on assignment, primarily for various magazines. Bravo for O'Brien--what a phenomenal photographic journey!
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Truly a Masterpiece of Photography 12. Juni 2003
Von Brian Lanker - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is simply one of the finest books of portraiture you will ever find. If you are a Texan it is a must. If you love photography and the ability of the camera to probe the lives of others and in return tell us more about ourselves you won't want to miss this.
Under the sensitive vision and the caring heart of Michael O'Brien the rich, the famous and the common folk come together in this extraordinary look at Texans and indeed all of humanity. Though his photographs span a wide cross section of various ethnic and socio-economic groups, Michael shows us that we have more in common with each other than we realize. We are more alike as humans than we are different.
He is an artist as well as an anthropologist who happens to use a camera. We are so much the better for his work.
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Stunningly Beautiful, Moving Portraits Capture Texans 25. Juni 2003
Von Debby Schadt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a beautifully photographed coffee table book picturing Texans from small towns and large cities all over the state. Photographed by Michael O'Brien, a photographer with a background in photojournalism, the book spotlights Texans as diverse as Willie Nelson, Lady Bird Johnson, ZZ Top, small town chearleaders, ranch families, and Laura and George Bush. Michael's wife, Elizabeth O'Brien, a writer, captures each person in a sensitive, personal interview which describes each Texan in that moment in time. The Face of Texas would be a wonderful gift for anyone who lives in the state of Texas or has friends or relatives there, or for anyone who appreciates beautiful photography or Americana.
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Wonderful portraits of Texans 16. Juni 2003
Von "juliecoburn" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a beautiful and expressive collection of portraits of a wide variety of Texans, from the famous to unknown, real Texans. O'Brien has a great sense of light and clearly connects with his subjects, who are often pictured in their environment, so that you get a real feeling for the place as well as the people. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in photography or Texas.
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"Faces of Texas" --The Perfect Gift. 14. Juni 2003
Von roberta preston - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Face of Texas is a beautiful book which I believe any Texan, particularly those living away from Texas and homesick for the Lonestar state would be proud to own. Micheal O'Brian's photographs portray famous Texans (Lady Bird, Pres. and Laura Bush, George Strait) along with little-known individuals from varied ethnic backgrounds. O'Brian manages to capture the essence of his subjects in a sympathetic and very artistic manner. I loved the portrait of Destiny's Child, shot in black and white, with a luminosity shining from their beautiful faces. Who wouldn't be stopped dead by the photograph of 2 members of ZZ Top in leopard print tuxedos, cowboy hats and shades flanking the third guy sitting in a barber chair, chin covered with shaving cream. The text by Elizabeth O'Brian brings the photographs to life. In a page of text on each subject, she manages to combine cogent biographical information along with funny tidbits of background. "...neither Gibbons nor Hill (from ZZ Top)has had a close encounter with scissors since 1979."
I love this book and it will be top on my list for birthday presents.
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