Although this is day-old from The Dallas Morning News, I wanted to note the article on Laura Wilson, the accomplished Dallas photographer. Her collection of images depicting a West Texas ranching family, Watt Matthew of Lambshead , was re-issued by Texas A&M Press, and The News’ Michael Grandberry does a nice job of relating her work.
I first met Laura when she worked with Richard Avedon on his ground-breaking series, In the American West , commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth in 1985. I did a small broadcast piece on the series back then for KERA 13. So in 2005, my TV production sidekick, Rick Thompson, and I worked on KERA’s In The American West:Photographs by Richard Avedon, A Twentieth Anniversary Special in conjunction with the Amon Carter. We interviewed Laura about her experience with Avedon, and she was gracious and generous with her reflections and her own documentation. Avedon had passed away the year before, and she was with him. She gave us the most poignant ending to the television special.
Our work with her and the Museum was exceedingly rewarding. Congratulations to her for the re-print of her own significant book.