Rick Gardner

My enthusiasm for photography began when I was about 10 years old and my Mother gave me a Brownie Hawkeye camera.  In 1966 I graduated from Rice University in Houston with a master’s degree in architecture and a passion for photography.  It turns out I was a lot better photographer than architect and by that time I had a better camera than the Hawkeye.  During 50 years as a professional photographer, I recorded buildings, interiors and art work for museums and galleries, making my own pictures on the side.  I discovered the work of the Weston’s, Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Paul Strand, David Plowden, Ezra Stoller and other great photographers.  I enjoyed workshops with Paul Caponigro and George Tice.  I spent a year, 1974-5, photographing historic Texas houses on an NEA grant.  My chosen instrument was a large format camera - 4x5 and 8x10 and BW film.  I am retired now and recently moved back to Houston from a home near Snook, Texas.  In this gallery, I have chosen a few favorite pictures, mostly B&W, mostly using a big camera and mostly made in Texas.  I hope you will find some pictures you like. 

This is a picture of a young and fearless Rick Gardner photographing the Texas State Capitol building from the middle of Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, in 1975.  My friend, the equally young and fearless Chris Ransom, made the picture.  We were not killed or arrested, but we don’t recommend trying this today.

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