Photographer Tyler Shields is familiar with controversy and cancel culture; his widely controversial images included the “severed” Donald Trump mannequin head (famously held by Kathy Griffin) and a lynching of a KKK member by a Black man, earning him the nickname the Bad Boy of Photography. But his latest series,...
A little over a year ago, Dallas joined the rest of the country and went into in a hard lockdown. Businesses closed and workers were sent home. Schools were shuttered and airlines stopped flying. Bars stopped serving and musicians stopped playing. In many ways, it was The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Back in March of 2020, we reported on the surreal silence in the empty city.
Fast forward one year. Almost 50,000 Texans are dead from COVID; who knows how many small businesses lost, along with high school graduations, family gatherings, vacations and the now horribly underrated opportunities to hangs out with friends. Almost a year to the day, Gov. Abbot declared that Texas is back and 100 percent open. No state mask mandates, and no capacity limitations.
But, let's face it; This was a tough 12 months. While numbers continue to trend in the right direction, the virus is still out there. People are still getting sick and people are still dying. While some folks want to declare victory and get right back in the swing of things, others are far more cautious. Very few have been left unchanged by the experience of the last year.
Have we won the war or just the latest few battles? Will we ever party like it's 2019 again? Or are we locked into a new normal? We went out to some of the same locations to look for clues. Eleven pairs of pictures, each separated by 13 months.
It all began one morning as Mark Birnbaum sipped coffee with a friend who’d read about Byrd Williams IV, whose lineage includes a long line of photographers. The friend asked, “Isn’t this the kind of person you make films about?” Birnbaum remembers. Indeed it was. “I never thought about making...
Richard Sharum has been a photographer based in Dallas for 16 years, but he doesn’t let Dallas contain him. In his work, he seeks to find the unifying factors among humans all over the world. Typically, that means focusing on socioeconomic groups that affluent Dallasites (or Texans, or even Americans...
Just before midnight, fireworks cascaded from the top of Reunion Tower, celebrating the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year. If ever a departing year deserved a “don’t let the screen door hit you on the way out,” this was it. With many of the normal New...
Politics are serious: Our votes affect livelihoods, freedoms and the pursuit of happiness. But sometimes, politics are unequivocally hilarious. Dallas photographer Ron Shipp ventured to downtown Dallas on Nov. 14 to document the pro-President Donald J. Trump rally that took the streets to demand a recount of votes — or,...