Laura Wilson

That Day - Pictures in the American West, 2021
12.20 x 10.20 x 1.10 in
Renowned photographer Laura Wilson has captured the majesty, as well as the tragedy, of her home region of Texas and the wider West for more than three decades. A former assistant to Richard Avedon, she has published her work to wide acclaim over the past twenty-five years. As seen in this extraordinary book, Wilson’s subjects range from legendary West Texas cattle ranches to impoverished Plains Indian reservations to lavish border-town cotillions. Also featured are compelling portraits of artists who are associated with the region, including Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, and Sam Shepard. ISBN 978-0-300-21539-7 232 pages

ABout the Artist

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson's photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, London's Sunday Times Magazine, and The Washington Post Magazine. She has published six books of photographs: Watt Matthews of Lambshead (Texas State Historical Society, 1989), Hutterites of Montana (Yale University Press, 2000), Avedon at Work (University of Texas Press, 2003), Grit and Glory (Bright Sky Press, 2003), That Day: Picture in the American West (Yale University Press, 2015), and From Rodin to Plensa (Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, Texas, 2018).


Wilson is currently working on two projects. Writers will become a book and exhibition for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas. This project documents 35 of the most distinguished writers of our time. Making Movies documents directors, cinematographers, and actors behind the scenes.


Wilson was elected to the Philosophical Society of Texas and is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters where she won the Carr P. Collins award. She was also awarded the Royal Photographic Society of England's Book of the Year for Avedon at Work. She currently serves on the board of the Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, SMU, Dallas.


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