Keith Carter is not the official photographer of Texas. Maybe someday he should be.
He comes with the resume (15 books and counting), the awards (at least eight major honors, including a 2009 Texas Medal of Arts) and the fans (although based in Southeast Texas, he is one of Austin’s most beloved photographers).
He’s back with a solo show at Stephen L. Clark Gallery graced with a mystical title, "Blue Yodels Fifty Years & Beyond," along with walls full of his ethereal images, up through Dec. 21.
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I didn’t until recently know about Carter’s artistic connections to playwright Horton Foote, photographer Walker Evans, and Southern writers such as Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. All those influences fall into place now for this "poet of the ordinary," whose sense of place is impeccable.
Here are some of those unforgettable images: