Two Other Notable Texas Photography Books | Texas Readings


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In 1969, Bamberger, who had made millions building the Church’s Chicken fast food chain, bought what he called “the most desolate land” in Texas Hill Country, in Blanco County, near Johnson City. . He set out to restore it and transform the 5,500 acres of Selah Ranch into an award-winning model of land stewardship and preservation.

As Bamberger nears 90, Selah continues to thrive but faces the challenge of outliving its founder while retaining her vision and dedication to the land.

The seasons in Selah is an important story told with love and awe-inspiring in words and pictures.

Lost, Texas is the result of eight years of retired architect Bronson Dorsey traveling thousands of miles on rural roads to photograph buildings that, for the most part, are abandoned and forgotten.

Dorsey includes old schools, hotels, cafes, office buildings, mills, gin factories, and even an air base – with examples from all sections of Texas, organized by region.

Each photograph is accompanied by a brief essay discussing the context of the building and the community or small town it is in, many of which also declined.

Unlike most of us who don’t bother to slow down as we pass these dilapidated installations, Dorsey not only took the time to stop and photograph them but also put them in their historical context.

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