PHOTOGRAPHY BY HESTER AND HARDAWAY FEATURED AT BAM
January 18 – April 25, 2014
HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 9, 2014)—An exhibition of photography by Paul Hester and Lisa Hardaway, Hester Hardaway: Architecture People is on display at the Beeville Art Museum through April 25, 2014 and is open to the public.
Hester & Hardaway specialize in architectural photography for architects and architectural publications. Paul and Lisa have been creative partners for almost twenty-five years, sharing a fascination about memory, history and change that is evident in their work, which features the urban landscape, religious traditions, and historic buildings.
The exhibition features images from two of Paul Hester and Lisa Hardaway’s books: photographs from Historic Texas Courthouses, with Michael Andrews; and
photos of Spanish Revival architecture in Southern California from California Romantica produced with Diane Keaton and D. J. Waldie. Photographs from a third book, Phillip Johnson & Texas (Frank D. Welch, author; Paul Hester, photographer), will also be included in the exhibition.
A collection of works by Hester, spanning the entirety of his career so far, including a selection of prints never seen before, promises to be one of the highlights of the show. Taken over the past 40 years, Hester’s images range from the constant transition of the city of Houston throughout the last several decades, to international photos taken in Greece, Spain and Italy; from interior architectural shots to wide-open street scenes and public arenas; and from traditionally-captured photographs to photos taken on the run with his I-Phone. Each of Hester’s photographs focuses on the interaction between people and their environments, indoor and outdoor, inside built spaces and outside in the wide world, and captures a particular moment in time.
“Photography holds everything still, slows it down; it’s contemplative. There was a time when I believed photography could change the world. Now all I hope for are photographs that invite my curiosity, encourage me to slow down and enrich my understanding of the world,” stated Paul Hester.
Paul Hester received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University in 1971, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. He’s taught photography—both traditional and digital--at Rice University in Houston for the past ten years through the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.
Best known for his architectural photography, Hester was awarded “Artist of the Year” by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. His photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Ft. Worth; Wooster Museum of Art, Wooster, Massachusetts; The National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
Lisa Hardaway, an architectural photographer for the past twenty-five years, has an extensive background in music, earning both a Bachelor and Masters in flute performance from Rice University in 1981 and a Masters in Historical Musicology from Rice in 1989. Photographs from Lisa’s “Sing” series, focusing on Sacred Harp singing in Texas—religious folk music sung a cappella--are featured in the exhibition, reflecting her more than 10 years of work in the ethnomusicological field.
The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas. Cited by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “great small towns for art,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of the most ambitious art and educational programs in Texas. In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’s most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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The Beeville Art Museum, located at 401 E. Fannin, is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at www.bamtexas.org.