Tyler native Robert Langham has been photographing East Texas subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism class at TJC. His avid interest in fine art photography led him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in his hometown. Additionally, he has shared his passion with new generations for more than two decades as a photography professor at his alma mater, TJC. His photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and the TMA, where he also served as guest curator for Scott M. Lieberman, M.D.: At the Vantage Point in 2014.
Brickstreet Anthology is the product of Langham’s extensive research and travel throughout Tyler “to train his lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as they are dynamic,” TMA curator Caleb Bell said. Shooting on black-and-white film rather than relying on digital imagery, Langham’s subjects range from business and civic leaders to citizens going about their everyday business “to capture the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique community.” Here are some of the photographs featured in the exhibition: