A long time ago in at a Comic Con not so far away … I had the grand opportunity to meet and photograph Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in all the Star Wars movies. Mr. Mayhew taught me a very valuable lesson that every photographer should know: always ask before you take someone’s photograph.
Currently on view at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is The American President: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press. This special exhibit, which features 71 iconic photographs, is on the seventh floor of the museum and is included with museum admission. The American President is open through October 27, 2013.
If you haven’t attended any of the Living History Series programs at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza, then you’ve been missing out. For the past few years, and especially leading up to the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, The Sixth Floor Museum has consistently out done themselves at each event. And the program later today is no exception.
I must really love the readers of Dallas Art News. Today, I endured an extra early rise, bone-chilling temperatures, a dog sniffing, a bag search, a magnetometer, hard floors and wet grass. All so I could get you a preview of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which opens May 1, 2013.
Closing this Sunday, April 21, 2013, is a delightful exhibition of large photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The exhibition is called Big Pictures and the title means what it says. On display are some really big pictures from the museum’s collection. Big Pictures is an exhibition of forty works that explore what larger media brings to contemporary photography.
The State Fair of Texas shares another reconstruction video of Big Tex. Fair officials state the Texas icon will be read for the 2013 fair.
The State Fair of Texas has received $45,000+ in private donations for the rebuilding of Big Tex. Officials say the giant icon will be ready on opening day.
Mr. Holga talks about the passing of actor Larry Hagman and the memorable times of television. Mr. Hagman will be dearly missed.
Mr. Holga ponder the pending 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas, Texas. Fifty years is a long time to keep a memory alive.
Mr. Holga talks about the last moments of Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas from lowering the charred remains to funeral procession.
Mr. Holga records the last glimpses of Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas as the burned structure is hauled away.
Walkabout photographer Mr. Holga previews Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec & His Contemporaries at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit is open today through January 20, 2013.
Stephen King made a rare stop in Dallas to promote his new book, 11.22.63: A Novel, and to show his appreciation to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza for their assistance. The event, A Conversation with Stephen King, included a press conference, a special reception and a conversation with Lee Cullum, host of CEO on KERA.
Mr. Holga reports on Big Tex getting a new Dickies shirt for the 2011 State Fair of Texas. This will be the 125th year for the fair.
I have discovered recently that the Dallas Museum of Art online gift shop (www.shopDMA.org) is selling Lomo cameras, especially the Diana F+ camera. Lomo, short for lomography, cameras are usually cheap, plastic cameras that use either 35mm or 120 roll film. This includes Holga cameras, which are what I use, but are not being sold at the DMA.