Hester and Hardaway specialize in architectural photography for architects and architectural publications. Paul and Lisa have been creative partners for almost 25 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), also will 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 iPhone. 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,” Hester said.
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 10 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, Fort Worth; Wooster Museum of Art, Wooster, Mass.; 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 25 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 ethno-musicological field.
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