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Media Description: Photography


Laura Wilson is a photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ Magazine, English Vogue, London's Sunday Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Marie Claire and Texas Monthly.

Wilson has done four books. Her latest, Avedon at Work, documents one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. Wilson was Richard Avedon's assistant for six years and her photographs and journal entries show Avedon's creative process, working methods, and range of subjects as he worked to complete, In the American West. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center/University of Texas Press October 2003).

Yale University Press published Hutterites of Montana: photographs and text by Laura Wilson (Fall 2000). Winner: Book of the Year, Carr P. Collins Award, Texas Institute of Letters 2001. Winner: Golden Light Book of the Year Award, Maine Photographic Workshops 2001. David McCullough, the historian, said "A book such as this - a book so clearly and genuinely extraordinary comes along rarely and only as a result of exceptional skill and dedication."

Watt Matthews of Lambshead: photographs and text by Laura Wilson (Texas Historical Association 1989). The New York Times said the book has become "a classic of Texas history".

Grit & Glory: documents the energy and thrill of six-man football in small Texas towns. (Bright Sky Press September 2003).

Wilson is currently working on three projects, one documents life along the Texas/Mexico border, the second, Making Movies, documents Hollywood directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and actors behind the scenes. The third documents American fighter pilots, who have seen combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Laura Wilson is married and lives in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband Robert are the parents of three sons, Andrew, Owen and Luke Wilson.

Artist's Statement
Cowboys Series

I have worked for more than 25 years on various ranches in West Texas and Montana photographing men who hold on to their cowboy heritage by adhering to their own traditions and codes of behavior in the 21st century.

Dallas Historical Society Award for the Creative Arts, 2005

Royal Photographic Society of England Book of the Year,Avedon at Work, 2004

Maine Photographic Workshop Workshops Golden Light Book of the Year Award, Avedon at Work, 2001

Texas Institute of Letters Carr P. Collins Award for Book of the Year, Avedon at Work, 2001

San Antonio Conservation Society Citation, Watt Matthews Lambshead Ranch, 1990

Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association Best Art Book, Watt Matthews Lambshead Ranch, 1990

Southwestern Booksellers Association Best Non-Fiction Book, Watt Matthews Lambshead Ranch, 1989

National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Wrangler for Best Art Book, Watt Matthews Lambshead Ranch, 1989