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Go Deeper into Houston Culture During This Eye-Opening Photography Exhibit

You may think you know Houston, but this photography exhibit stands to teach even the most deeply rooted Houstonians something new about their city. Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-Present reflects on nearly four decades of work, past and present, produced by Houstonian Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, whose career spans genres of photography and a diversity of human experiences. Check out his exhibit this Friday, February 8th, beginning as early as 7:00 a.m.

After discovering his love for what he has called the "scientific magic" of the photographic process, DeSoto followed his passion for photography to a career chronicling his city. Through his work, DeSoto has consistently challenged the viewer to see beyond static images of Houston and to look more deeply instead at the individual or community narrative behind the photograph.

Presented thematically, the exhibit showcases DeSoto's documentation of Houston: portraits of local visual artists and musicians from fringe music and arts scenes, fine art photography, journalism, as well as his life's work, the Understanding Poverty Project. Through photographs, news clippings, and audiovisual materials, Houston Beyond Convention: The Photography of Ben DeSoto, 1980-present tells the story of Houston – across class and race – and forces the viewer to move beyond conventional thinking.

This thought-provoking exhibit is on view now through May 1st at the Special Collections branch of M.D. Anderson Library at University of Houston. The gallery opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 5:45 p.m. daily. This exhibit is free to view.

At Riverbend Apartments in League City, Texas, we consider ourselves lucky to be located in a thriving community with so much excitement happening daily. Support local events and make plans to check this exciting one out on Friday!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, February 8, 2019—7:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
M.D. Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston, Texas 77204

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