"Photographing Texas" by Richard Selcer

"Photographing Texas" by Richard Selcer

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Historian and scholar Richard Selcer, a Ft. Worth native, is the author of eleven books on western, Civil War, and Ft. Worth history. In this particular book, Selcer shares with us his exhaustive research on three photographers, brothers John, David and Charles Swartz. He details their backgrounds, careers, techniques and place in Ft. Worth society. The most famous photograph to be shot in the Swartz Brothers' studio, in fact one of the most famous images in western history, is a photograph taken of the Wild Bunch outlaw gang in 1900, also known as "The Fort Worth Five", featuring Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid, and three other members of the gang, dressed in their best finery. The heavy distribution of this photograph around the country is believed to have helped bring down this notorious gang. The collection of the Swartz Brothers' photography provides a visual record of Ft. Worth's transformation from frontier outpost to bustling metropolis.