Item description for Rough Beauty by Anne Wilkes Tucker...
"This book's title, Rough Beauty, conveys Anderson's conviction that the hard scrabble lives of most of the residents of Vidor, Texas, are worthy of our attention, but it also conveys that he does not seek to beautify their lives by removing the crude edges." -- Anne Wilkes Tucker
A powerful photographic documentation of the people and places a poor and isolated town in rural southeast Texas, most known for its long history as a KKK town.
Begun in fall 2003 and completed in early 2006 (after fifty trips), Rough Beauty explores the character and burden -- and the resilience and off-kilter beauty -- of a community branded by its history. Vidor is reviled for its history of Klan activities, but behind this stereotype lingers a town filled with people who have not been able to lift themselves up and a crushing poverty sometimes reminiscent of the Great Depression. Anderson's images show a hidden beauty that lies dormant even in the roughest places.
Winner of the Santa Fe Center for Photography 2005 Project Competition. Exhibition tour begins fall 2006 and continues throughout 2007.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 9.84" Height: 0.39" Weight: 2.03 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher Dewi Lewis Publishing
ISBN 1904587291 ISBN13 9781904587293
Availability 0 units.
More About Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Will Michels is collections photographer, and Natalie Zelt is curatorial assistant in photography, all at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Reviews - What do customers think about Rough Beauty?
Compelling black and white photo essay Jul 2, 2008
This is great insight into an infamous East Texas town, that is trying to shed its stigma.
The photographer uses the stark realism of b&W photography to capture the essence of the townfolk and their mostly poverty ridden environ.
Black and white makes things look depressing. Jan 16, 2007
There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book. I have lived in Vidor for two years now. I grew up in Houston and moved here for work. I won't live here forever. A few more years perhaps. I met Dave anderson three days after Hurricane Rita made a direct hit on Southeast Texas and Soutwest Louisiana. I was standing amongst the debris that was my home when Dave came along and asked to take a few pictures. He did help me move some furniture that was too big for me to handle by myself. The pictures in this book show very dreary looking Vidorians living in poverty. The black and white amplifies this look. There is another side of Vidor that is middle class that doesn't show up in this book. Vidor looks identical to dozens of other east Texas towns. Dave is a good photographer and I commend him on the photographs. They are well done and interesting. I can tell he put a lot of time into the photos. Please don't form a full opinion of Vidor from this one book. Look around the town yourself and get a balanced look.
Anderson Accomplishes Delicate Balance Nov 28, 2006
I was very impressed with this incredible book with quiet and poetic images. Photographer Dave Anderson is doing what the best and most important photography today does - addressing social issues in a dignified manner. The resulting portrait of Vidor is a difficult but sweet one that presses into details of quiet beauty that we might never see if we were walking through the same streets. I found the photographs of children endearing and sweet. I have never been through the town in question but but love to visit after seeing Anderson's view of the town. I think the people of Vidor would be complemented by this sweet portrayal of a part of their town that is surely ignored by most.
Not the whole story Nov 24, 2006
This is an interesting but skewed view of Vidor. Sure, there is poverty as there is in any town or city in America. There are also people who are well educated and are middle and upper middle class. The town has a reputation because of events that took place a long time ago. The people of the town have tried to overcome this reputation yet the local and national news media want to keep dragging it out and rehashing it. I graduated high school here and still live here, however I also have a college education as do all of my friends. My parents are both college educated as are many others in Vidor. So, while this book may have a certain story to tell, it is certainly not the whole story. The authors of the book could have picked any small town in America and shown similar pictures.
FOTO Magaizne Nov 14, 2006
I ran across an article in FOTO Magazine, and I would have to say I was appalled. I was raised in Vidor, Texas and have lived there all of my childhood. I had family memembers that walked with the KKK, I'm not proud of that by no means. But going as far as saying that it is still active there, is just wrong. Vidor residents have wanted so badly to get rid of that title. Yeah the klan back in 2005 set up right on HWY 105. But living near the area where they where set up. I watched and NEVER saw a person stop. The Klan has been dead in Vidor for a VERY long time. Yes, there are a few people in Vidor who hate blacks, but that is everywhere. People just need to stop saying it. After hurricane Rita, Vidor opened many doors for the people of LA and not just whites but blacks as well. I my self have black friends and I don't see color I see them. Vidor does not have the most poverty in southeast Texas. I can name a few towns who are far worse than Vidor and who do infact hate the black community. The schools in Vidor are some of the best in the area. I was told by many teachers whom I'm friends with and whom also have worked in other school in the state. And everyone in Southeast Texas does some form of labor work, construction, etc... but that is the type of work needed around our area. I've lived in other states, and laborers are all over the world. I have more to say, but I'm just not going to go on.