Sure, digital cameras are great: no more waiting around for prints at the drugstore, instant gratification, edit as you go, etc. But where's the magic? Don't photographers miss that alchemical moment when an image mysteriously appears from a sheet of blank paper bathed in chemicals—that hands-on moment when artistry arises from nothing? We bet Robb Kendrick did. That would explain why he put so much effort into producing his tintypes of modern-day Texas cowboys and cowgirls, using an antique time-consuming process of teasing images from emulsion spread painstakingly on metal plates. They may not be instant, but his photos of cowfolk are certainly more gratifying than digitally produced megapixel snapshots. See for yourself as the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame presents Revealing Character: Robb Kendrick's Texas Tintypes, which includes 66 images collected statewide. (You can learn about the process too.) The show opens this weekend and continues through February 4 at 1720 Gendy St. in Fort Worth. Call 817-336-4474 or visit cowgirl.net.
Oct. 20-Feb. 4
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Patrick Williams is editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer.
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