'Black and White and Read All Over': They got the shots

'The Austin Chronicle' pays tribute to the often-unsung shutterbugs who have added so much to our pages with the exhibit 'Black and White and Read All Over: 'Austin Chronicle' Photographers Celebrate 25 Years'

Nathan Jensen
Nathan Jensen (Photo By Minh Carrico)

Words eat up the lion's share of the ink in this publication and have for the full 25 years that it's been around. But some of the most significant contributions to the paper, the contributions that have genuinely chronicled Austin over the past quarter of a century, have come from our photographers. They got the shots that told the story: of a young upstart guitarist named Stevie Ray, of a living legend named John Henry, of citizens raising hell at City Hall and gutter punks barely getting by on the streets, of a few bands that made history and many more that faded away, of where we went and what we ate and who we were. As the Chronicle marks this milestone in its history, it seemed fitting to pay tribute to the frequently unsung shutterbugs who have added so much to our pages. So the paper, in partnership with the Austin Museum of Art, is opening the exhibit "Black and White and Read All Over: Austin Chronicle Photographers Celebrate 25 Years." Staff photographer John Anderson spent three months combing through every issue of the past two-and-a-half decades, tracked down every photographer he could, and assembled this show of images that they considered their best.Ê"After 25 years, Austin finally gets to see the Chronicle's photography presented as real art," he says. "Without the cramped layout or the muddy filter of newspaper reproduction, these photos breathe with new life as big and beautiful images." Worth seeing? Well, I could expend a lot more ink trying to persuade you of that, but as you can see from the image above or those in our anniversary insert, these are images worth 10,000 words each.

"Black and White and Read All Over: Austin Chronicle Photographers Celebrate 25 Years" is on display Sept. 8-24 in the Community Room at AMOA-Downtown, 823 Congress. Admission is free, and as a special thank-you to our readers, the Chronicle and AMOA are hosting three free community receptions at AMOA-Downtown:

Friday, Sept. 8, 5-7:30pm: free Mexican food & margaritas

Saturday, Sept. 9, 5-7:30pm: free food from 219 West & Shiner beer

Sunday, Sept. 10, 5-7:30pm: free food from Central Market & Fisheye Wine

All food and beverages will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan (Photo By Susan Grady)

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