The proud heritage of Gonzales, Texas is reflected in the people who are descendants of those who buried the town cannon during the Texas Revolution and later dared the Mexican army to "Come and Take it!" during the first skirmish of the war. The town itself was rebuilt on ashes left by Santa Anna as he passed through as he was chasing Sam Houston and the Texas army.
During 2001, members of Texas Documentary Photography Group trekked down Highway 183 from Austin to document the south Texas town of Gonzales. The history and people of Gonzales made it a perfect subject for a photographic exhibition celebrating this historic town. The photographers of the Texas Documentary Photography Group have showcased both the traditions of Gonzales, though the cattle auctions, football games, and daily living, as well as the legends of Gonzales, in a haunted hotel, the historic jail, and the town square. The original work was showcased in an exhibition entitled "Taking Gonzales: A Year in the Life of a Small Texas Town." This exhibition contains both work from that first historic exhibition plus new images highlighting the changing face of this classic Texas town.
The Texas Documentary Photography Group is proud to work in conjunction with the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum to showcase the proud heritage of Gonzales, Texas in this exhibition.
Please join members of the Texas Documentary Photography Group as they celebrate the proud heritage and history of Gonzales, Texas with a photography exhibition at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Hosted in the second floor "Story of Texas" cafe at the Bob Bullock Museum, located at 1800 North Congress Avenue in the heart of downtown Austin, the exhibition will run from June 30th through August 1st, 2011. The exhibition is on display during the hours of Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 3 p.m. and includes work by the following photographers:
BJ Smiley Goins
Kathy Van Torne