Photography on the South Texas Frontier:
Images from the Witte Collection.
By Bruce M. Shackelford.
San Antonio: Maverick Publishing Co., 2007.
112 pages, hardcover, 10 x 10 inches, 80 illustrations ISBN 978-1-893271-45-6 Jacketed, covered by, and with endpapers of brown tones. http://www.maverickpub.com/ $38.95
Shackelford has curated several exhibits for the well known Witte in San Antonio. Here he’s selected almost a hundred of the vintage South Texas Collection. Most date about the turn of 1900 or before, with some later from the late Jack Specht photographs. The collection is refreshing – settings and poses. Most of the works are period soft brown and shades of white. But some few are in color, and some were hand colored afterwards. The reader / viewer will turn the page slowly, enjoying the frontier / travel / worksite / play scenes / formal posing / reunions / and diverse ethnic and economic groups.
One is a daguerreotype of 1849.
Dobie, sitting, leaning against a tree trunk, barbed wire fence, near a spiny cactus, isn’t so old.