Item description for The Face of Texas: Portraits of Texans by Michael O'Brien...
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-visualized 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.6" Width: 10.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Bright Sky Press
ISBN 1931721238 ISBN13 9781931721233
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael O'Brien
O'Brien taught at the University of Arkansas until 1987. He is now Phillip R. Shriver Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio.
Michael O'Brien currently resides in the state of Ohio. Michael O'Brien was born in 1948.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Face of Texas: Portraits of Texans?
Stunningly Beautiful, Moving Portraits Capture Texans Jun 25, 2003
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.
Outstanding!! Jun 21, 2003
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!
Wonderful portraits of Texans Jun 17, 2003
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.
magnificent & beautiful Jun 15, 2003
We all love to watch people, we all love to learn about the stories people have, now we have the opportunity to see a wonderful slice of texas culture. This book captures the heart and beauty of each of its' subjects. From the largent family to willie to destiny's child to junior brown to ran horn to all the members of the fandangle to kinky...etc. Sinead, my 7 yr. old girl, has her favorites as well. All animal related: The gatorfest queen, ran horn, the prairie dog from the Fandangle, and last but not least kinky standing on the water. She said, "That one is weird...no one can stand on water, how does he stand on the water? I had to explain the magic of photography...i think she understood. You will also enjoy this book for the stories that Elizabeth writes. They are fascinating and very necessary to explain why and how and where are they now questions. You will not be dissapointed with this collection of stories and photo's!
Wonderful Book...a must for all Texas coffee tables Jun 14, 2003
I will start my review my rejecting all of what the past reviewer Daniel Andrade said about the book. What he said completely reflects the tone of a somewhat jealous person and a selectabley one-sided arguement. The Face of Texas, which I had anticipated since its announcement, did not only capitulate some of Michael O'Brien's famous and somewhat artistic photographs but it also gave me something that other coffee table books did not: it a description of the photgraph...let me explain. Other coffee table books or general photograph books for example often lead me to be confused...I want to know the people in the picture...and yet, no one ever explains the picture. Elizabeth O'Brien did this beautifully, and I found myself more interested in the "nobodys" such as Sloan Peterson and her Austin High prom date rather than Willie Nelson and Troy Aikman.
And to make another point on Daniel's bittersome review, let me pose him a question. What do you think of when you think of someone's face? You think of the distinct features that you remember most easily. Let ask you another...what are the distinct features of Texas? People don't think of such things as its racial diversity...they think of cowboys, famous legends such as Earl Campbell and Troy Aikman and Willie Nelson, they think of small town Texas, the hill coountry, the Mexican influences. To refute yet another weak point of his review proves that he must not have looked at the book for very long and may have had some sort of squirmish with the publication of this book. Hardly anything is accurately protrayed these days but how doers that have any wager of me or anyone else buying the book or enjoying it? Not only would I highly recomend that someone buy this book for yourself, but maybe give it to a friend...it seems to make a wonderful present.