The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Category Archives: Photography

The End of Barton Creek?

I begin with a caveat. This abbreviated portfolio of “wildlife” photographs from the seventies does not proclaim or prove THE END OF AUSTIN so much as it poses a question. … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Documenting Austin with Matt Black

The celebrated documentary photographer Matt Black ran a weeklong photography workshop in Austin during May 2016. A collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Harry Ransom Center (and organized by the HRC Academic … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cactus Rose Trailer Park

Cactus Rose is a trailer park located in the Monotopolis neighborhood of East Austin, an area that has been subjected to heavy changes in the past few years. I spent a few … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Alright Alright Alright: We Get Older, Dazed Stays the Same Age

Dazed and Confused (1993) turned 21 last year. Yes, the film that follows a longhaired teenager and his friends as they attempt to avoid being hazed, the film in which … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Noteworthy

A fellow graduate student recently found a handwritten note on her car, which has a California license plate and was parked in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It reads (spelling errors … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Austin in Available Light

British historian Derek Sayer, author of an important new book on Prague, spent the past year in Austin. At the end of his time here, TEOA asked him for his … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Slacker Geography, 25 Years Later

Filmed for a reputed $23,000 in summer 1989, Slacker is a film that had the odds stacked against it.  Writer-director Richard Linklater had exhausted family members from which to borrow … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 39 Comments

Downstream

Without belonging to a particular incident, place, or act, these images are traces of another city where water drips slowly through the cracks, draining away the undesired and disposable. Until … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Photos by Adrian Mesko

TEOA is very pleased to present a selection of Austin photos from Adrian Mesko, a talented young photographer based in New York City. These photos emerged from his Fall 2013 visit … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grackles and Old Cars

Grackles are sleek birds that wear the expression of rapacious fishes. Many years of cohabitation with humans has not loosened the danger on which they seem to insist. Perhaps it … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Austin By Thumb

There’s a synchronicity between thumb’s-up sign as “it’s all good,” and also “I’m all good. Invite me into your car.” I hitchhiked Austin for three days. Most of it spent … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black and White Austin

These photographs were taken in Austin on December 10th and 11th. I met these kids while exploring the neighborhood east of downtown. Anna Kuperberg is a photographer based in San … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Capital Improvements, 1984

TEOA is very pleased to publish Jeff Meikle’s introduction to Mark Goodman’s Capital Improvements. Written in 1984-85 on a Kaypro 2 computer and then filed away for almost thirty years, this wonderfully evocative essay … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Capital Improvements, 2013

If you want to learn something profound about how Austin has transformed itself in the last few decades, one of the best places to look is through the eyes of … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Noctornes

I came to Austin last week to work under the guidance of mentor and Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey at a workshop and exhibition hosted at the University of Texas. … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sweaty Gnarled Clumps of Limbs and Torsos

Your walk should be a brief sojourn: Red River to Congress. Ten minutes, tops. But throngs of revelers block your route like a blood clot. Faces and bodies blur into … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Filed Away, Forgotten For Now

Some of the other End of Austin pieces will undoubtedly focus on how the city has changed, how it is no longer what it once was, how and when it … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Austin Seen, in progress…

I originally started documenting Austin in 2006 shortly after I relocated here from Boston. Feeling community-less and curious of my new surroundings, I hopped on my bike and started photographing. … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Between the Windshield and the Rearview

  Driving in Austin suggests a metaphor: this town always has one eye on the windshield and one on the rearview. Everywhere you look things are being built, while others … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment
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