Holga Inspire

This exhibit first was shown in Bangkok, Thailand at the Photo Imaging Expo 2009 April 1-5, 2009. The Thai Crown Princess was a part of the exhibit and visited the exhibition of Holga photography.

“At 5 o'clock sharp, the national anthem was played as the princess entered the hall. I have to admit that this was the most divine moment I have ever experienced.” explained Christine So of Holga Limited.

So continued, "The opportunity to exhibit suddenly came on the 19th of March at midnight, while Dr. Aran Hansuebsai, Head of the Department of Imaging and Printing Technology at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University told us that we could participate in an exhibition in conjunction with the photo exhibition of Princess Sirindhorn during the Photo Imaging Expo in Bangkok. This event is definitely one of the most high profile photography events in Thailand. After the phone call, we immediately sent emails to our featured photographers asking if they were interested in participating in the event. Overnight, we got all positive replies from the artists and we started planning the printing preferences, shipping issues, etc. And you can't simply stick the pictures on the wall without framing them, and information in Thai was required for the show." Read Christine So's report and see the picture, click here.

About Holga

Holga is a medium format film camera created by T M Lee, co-founder of Universal Electronics, which has been manufacturing it since 1982. The Holga earned worldwide recognition thanks to its unique low-fidelity aesthetics. Countless professional photographers, artists and photography enthusiasts around the world have been captivated by the mysterious magic of Holga.

The unpredictability of the signature light leaks captures the imagination, invigorates the senses and eternally surprises. The metamorphosis brought about by the light flares, vignetting and often uneven edges creates images of an unmistakable character.

A fine art photography initiative of Holga Limited,

member of the Universal Electronics Industries group.

“Created by the people who created the Holga”

Holga Created Holga Inspire

"While the Holga has gained immense popularity with young and old devotees of photography worldwide, the Holga Inspire initiative finds its mission in supporting the use of the Holga as a means of unique creative expression by fine art photographers, photography professionals, journalists and academics. Together with the artists we seek to widen the appeal of their work, and inspire new generations of photographers through exhibitions, events and educational programs. Our goal is to revive and cultivate an interest in classic photography and to rekindle a sense of hand-crafted creative originality in this ever changing digitalized world. Holga Inspire strives to highlight the extraordinary artistic potential and the immense range of creative possibilities that Holga brings to photography." The Holga Team: T M Lee, Christine So, and Don Knodt.


Michelle Bates

“I found my inspiration in photography with a Holga camera in 1991. I created a look that continues to be the centerpiece of my fine-art photography to this day. The quirkiness that I embraced as a Holga photographer has informed the rest of my photography. “

Frequently referred to as the “Holga Queen” due to her imaginative applications using a Holga and her expert knowledge, Michelle Bates is an author, educator, and a leading “toy” camera photographer. Her book “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” is widely recognized as the most comprehensive book documenting the fascinating and intricate world of toy cameras.

David Burnett

In a world of fancy electronic camereas, which do everything but aim themselves for you, it's a breath of fresh air to get back to 'real' photography with the Holga.  You have to make all the decisions about what you are going to shoot, nothing automatic, although after a very short time, you begin to feel the camera is really a part of you.

David Burnett launched his photographic career in 1967 as an intern at Time Magazine while still earning a degree in political science at Colorado College. He went to Vietnam as a freelance photographer in 1970 where Time magazine regularly published his pictures.  In Vietnam he also worked for LIFE (the weekly) until if ceased publication in 1972 then joined the French agency Gamma before co-founding Contact Press Images in New York in 1976.  In his forty years of photographing he has worked in some 80 countries, producing work for TIME, Fortune, National Geographic, and the New York Times.  His Holga photograph of Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential campaign won First Prize in the Campaign category in the White House News Photographers “Eyes of History” contest.  He continues to use Holga cameras while simultaneously using digital cameras costing  hundreds of times more.

Tammy Cromer Campbell

"Her Holga images contain all the original light streaks, lens flares, vignetting and distortions of classic Holga photography... Holga is key to her work."

Tammy CromerCampbell is an award winning American photographer based in Texas. She is equally well known for her work as a documentary photographer and as a public speaker on environmental issues. In 2006, her first book was published titled, "Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas". All the images in the book are photographed with a Holga camera, except for the very first image of Jeremy. In 2009 she received first prize under entertainment and culture at the Green Dot Awards. Fruit of the Orchard is a Blue Earth Alliance sponsored project. She serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Photographic Society. Her work is in many public and private collections.

Taiju Fubuki

"The camera creates a sense of flow from the center of the image towards the periphery. This is part of the essence of Holga, and something that raises Holga photographs to the level of art".

Taiju Fubuki is a photographic artist, gallery owner and founder of the Holga Kai (Holga Club), an association of photographers in Japan with more than 2000 members. Starting out as a cameraman discovered the Holga in 1999.

He has had numerous exhibitions, and lectures widely about photography photography at various institutions in Japan. In 2009 he created the title shots for the popular Japanese TV series "Naniwa no Hana" with his Holga.

Teru Kuwayama

"I've taken this camera to the far ends of the earth, subjected it to deserts, mountains, and jungles, and it remains the most reliable tool I've worked with. In its absolute simplicity, it has given me a freedom to operate, both physically and psychologically, and it has made me a better photographer."

Teru Kuwayama is a photojournalist and a humanitarian activist. A native New Yorker, he travels extensively in search of challenging locations. He works frequently in Afghanistan and Pakistan. His dramatic and compelling images are showcased in exhibitions around the world, and in global publications such as Time and Newsweek.

Pauline St. Denis

“Holga has been my muse and my inspiration for over 20 years. I love the camera because it imposes no limitations in regards to frame or creativity. Unlike many modern cameras the Holga doesn’t think for you. It is a vehicle for your vision. With some mental muscle you can begin to understand what the Holga offers.”

Pauline St. Denis shoots with color transparency film, but only advances the film partially to create over-lapping exposures. Her work captures the ethereal quality of light, movement and time. Her pictures are kinetic, energetic and highly stylized. She demonstrates Holga’s upbeat and energetic capabilities. Pauline St. Denis is a commercial photographer based in New York. She has been shooting photographs for over the past 20 years. She is also a live action director.

Harvey Stein

"The simplicity of using the Holga frees me from worrying about manipulating cameras controls and encourages spontaneity and immediacy. The camera makes photographic seeing more direct, without the machine to think about."

Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, and author based in New York. He frequently lectures on photography both in the US and abroad. His photographs have been widely exhibited in the US and in Europe. His photographs are on display in more than 50 permanent collections including many renowned museums around the globe.

Rebecca Tolk

"It is through my photography I find that I am best able to express the respect and fascination I feel for the natural world as the Holga lens enables me to show what I feel when I'm in nature, not just what I see."

Educated at the University of Delaware and Northern Virginia Community College, Rebecca Tolk creates fine art photography for public and private collectors. Her highly personal work naturally lends itself to Holga, embracing its lack of technology and irregularities as both beautiful and distinctive.

O. Rufus Lovett's Kilgore Rangettes

Whether she knows it or not, every girl who has ever dreamed of taking her place in a line of high-kicking dancers on a football field at halftime has been inspired by the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the world's first precision dance drill team. Founded in Kilgore, Texas, in 1939-1940 by the incomparable Gussie Nell Davis, the Rangerettes have performed for national and international audiences, appearing frequently at events such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and major football bowl games across the nation, including the New Year's Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas each year since 1951.

An icon of Americana, the red-white-and-blue clad Rangerettes have drawn the attention of numerous photographers and writers seeking to understand the enduring appeal of a group that some might view as anachronistic. O. Rufus Lovett, a fine art photographer who has taught at Kilgore College for more than thirty years, began photographing the 'Rettes in 1989. His interpretive photo essay in this exhibit expresses his fascination with "the glamour of the Rangerettes' performances juxtaposed with the small-town atmosphere, football turf, metal bleachers, chain-link fences, and asphalt and concrete environment." In Lovett's masterfully composed photographs, the Rangerette performances captivate with their multiplicity of "shapes, patterns, and designs."

While Lovett treats the 'Rettes as an artistic subject, he also captures the esprit de corps that keeps the girls smiling even when they have to march on icy pavement and prompts their mothers to wear T-shirts that proudly proclaim "Rette Mom." An affectionate, yet unsentimental and occasionally irreverent portrait, Kilgore Rangerettes beautifully conveys the timeless quality of this unique subculture of young American womanhood.

Kilgore Rangerettes, the book, published by the University of Texas Press, foreword by Elliott Erwitt and introduction Katy Vine, will be available in the gallery.

About the photographer

O. Rufus Lovett is a nationally acclaimed photographer and author of the book Weeping Mary. His work has received recognition from the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Outstanding Magazine Photography. In addition to teaching photography at Kilgore College, Lovett works as a fine art and editorial photographer. His photo essays have appeared in Texas Monthly (which first published his Rangerettes photographs), American Photo, Photo Review, LensWork, People, and Gourmet. He has also been profiled in Southern Living.

Texas Photographic Society 17 National Show

Texas Photographic Society 17 National Show opens here at TCC PHOTO | GALLERY February 5, 2009 5 pm - 8pm with downtown Longview's ArtWalk. The show continues until April 24. TCC PHOTO | GALLERY is open Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm and by appointment.

Lisa Sutcliffe associate curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art juried the exhibit. Sutcliffe selected 56 images for TPS 17: The National Show. A total of 267 artists submitted 1,872 images for jurying. Entries came from 36 states.

Lisa Sutcliffe said "photography is of particular interest to me because it can be used to record a specific moment in time, as well as to express an artistic vision. In addition, photographs have the power to communicate ideas and emotions in a way that words can never fully translate. From the diverse array of nearly 2,000 submissions, I selected photographs that not only demonstrated a creative vision and unique perspective, but that were also made stronger by their ability to foster a dialogue with the group.  My interest in land use photography informed my choice of pictures that record the changing urban and rural landscape and examine contemporary issues, such as globalization and industrialization. I also took formal comparisons into account, allowing visual interactions to shape the selection of pictures. In a few cases in which an artist submitted a particularly strong body of work, I included more than one picture from the body in order to illustrate the strength of his or her various viewpoints. I invite you to step in and take a closer look."

And the winners are:

Angela Buenning Filo Palo Alto CA First Place

Colleen Mullins Minneapolis MN Second Place

Martin Stupich Albuquerque NM Third Place

Jess Taylor Dugan Cambridge MA Honorable Mention

Beth Kientzle Oakland CA Honorable Mention

Teresa Ollila Lafayette CO Honorable Mention

Brook Reynolds Atlanta GA Honorable Mention

Natalie Young El Segundo CA Honorable Mention

New York Photographer Debuts Marilyn Monroe Exhibit in Longview

Mary Ann Lynch Finds Marilyn’s Timeless Appeal Worldwide

Mary Ann Lynch’s photographic exhibit Marilyn Monroe: More Than You Know freshly illuminates the woman who lived and died in the Hollywood spotlight, and her ever-evolving place in our culture worldwide. Opening at Tammy Cromer-Campbell Photo and Gallery on October 7, 2008, the show will run through January 31, 2009. The gallery will host a reception for the artist during the Second Annual Longview Artwalk, on Thursday,October 16, from 5pm to 8pm; in a featured Artwalk event, Lynch at 6:30pm will do a walk & talk of the show. The more than two dozen photographs include some not previously exhibited as well as a selection from Lynch’s 2005 retrospective, Forever Marilyn: The Enduring Legacy of Marilyn Monroe.

Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortensen on June 1, 1926, would have been 82 this year. Though she died in 1962, she is still very much with us – “and as so much more than a sex goddess or Hollywood legend. She’s a permanent, beloved popular culture icon whose meaning is ever-shifting,” says Lynch. Since 1992 the New York-based photographer has crisscrossed the United States and other continents, photographing hundreds of unique scenes, tableaux and people that reveal the world’s continuing fascination with Monroe. In each image, a photograph or representation of Marilyn is shown in its context, from a cluttered NYC antiques shop; to a backstreet bar in Mexico; to the Mojave Desert, where burlesque star Dixie Evans pays yearly tribute to Marilyn. Especially popular pieces are a closeup of Marilyn with a gloved hand to her face--that Lynch made from old newsreel footage; and a dramatic profile of the shimmering form-fitting dress Marilyn wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962.

Film scholar Gene Brown has written of Lynch’s photographs: “As this work reveals, Marilyn is omnipresent, a sort of Everywoman. How and where she appears in our midst says something about how and where we are. And to look at how we look at her is to see and say something about how we tell our own stories.” With many shows and much acclaim to date, Lynch plans to travel Marilyn Monroe: More Than You Know while editing the larger body of photographs for a book that tells the whole story of her global encounters with the timeless Marilyn Monroe.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER A photographer/writer for more than thirty-five years, Mary Ann Lynch has exhibited her photographs widely and received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Film Festival, the Hawaii Foundation for Culture and the Arts and many other places. Lynch became known as a photographer while living in Hawaii in the 1970s, for her portrait of a native Hawaiian community, Kalapana, A Hawaiian Place.  Since then she has continued to do editorial, documentary, and fine art photography (with a foray into filmmaking); to write about popular culture and the arts, and to appear as visiting lecturer and artist/presenter at various places including New York University, Ohio University, the Chicago Film Festival, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the 2008 Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Denver. Since 1982 she has divided her time between New York City and her residence in Greenfield Center, New York.

Marilyn Monroe: More Than You Know /Photographs by Mary Ann Lynch

Mary Ann & Marilyn Lynch never met Marilyn in person, though in her pre-teens she was exposed to her unforgettable onscreen magnetism in the movie Niagara at a local Drive-In Theater. She still has her movie magazines and scrapbooks from the 1950s. At Cornell University Lynch studied American Intellectual History, which was the start of popular culture being taken seriously. After becoming a photographer and seeing Monroe’s image everywhere she went, she felt a new appraisal of Monroe as one the world’s leading popular culture figures was long overdue. Since beginning the work, Marilyn has frequently come to Lynch in her dreams.

Lynch's Marilyn work has been shown in the United States, Germany, Japan and the Czech Republic; and featured in media and publications from New York to Estonia and Spain. Forever Marilyn was awarded honors in the 2005 Lucie/International Photography Awards. The same year Sirius Satellite and Radio Free Europe did programs with Lynch that went out to millions worldwide. A constant stream of emails and letters from Marilyn aficionados from throughout the world reach Lynch every month, with the occasional middle-of-the night call from someone in Europe or Asia.

Selected quotes from press for Mary Ann Lynch’s Marilyn photography and shows

Forever Marilyn: The Enduring Legacy of Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962. August 2005. John Stevenson Gallery, NYC.

• Celia McGee, New York Daily News Feature Writer: “Lynch has extracted extraordinary images from glimpses of thrift-shop statuettes, old billboards, movie reruns, female impersonators, recent news stories, restaurant signs and endless forms of retro kitsch. She has tracked Marilyn’s shifts from passive pinup to sex goddess to poster-girl for feminism.”

• Tim Anderson, editor Camera Arts magazine (quoted in McGee article above): “Mary Ann has to really care about something before she photographs it. She internalizes it and brings it into her heart, as it were, before her head. Most photographers shoot first from the head.”

Marilyn Monroe: Radiant Image, February 2000. E-3 Gallery, NYC.

• Robert Hicks, The Villager: “For photographer Mary Ann Lynch, no one epitomizes what popular culture can mean to our self-understanding more strongly than Marilyn Monroe.”

• Mila Andre, The New York Daily News. February 2000. “Nearly 38 years after Marilyn Monroe’s death on August 4, 1962, the sexy appeal that surrounded the Hollywood actress lives on in the collective memory of people around the globe. It took photojournalist Mary Ann Lynch to turn that focus into an exhibition.”

The Marilyn Monroe Wall of Fame, June-July 2000. Soho Photo Gallery, NYC. / August 2000. Bellevue Bar, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC.

• Mila Andre, New York Daily News (centerfold article): “It’s the ideal setting for Lynch’s “Wall”—and anyone who enters will immediately feel Monroe’s presence.”

• Clair Sykes, Photo District News: “Shot in locations from Covington, Kentucky to Quito, Equador, her photos reflect, and perpetuate, the phenomenon of Monroe’s all-pervasive iconic stature, and testify to Lynch’s own passion for the person who so influenced her as a budding young woman.”

• Jill Wing, The Saratogian. “Lynch has become Marilyn’s medium of sorts, whose mission is to lift the veil of mystique from her life and allow her photography to tell Marilyn’s story, capturing her as a pop icon and, perhaps, the planet’s most recognized woman.”

Dualities. 1997. Soho Photo Gallery, NYC.

• Robert Hicks, The Villager: “Lynch holds a decidedly different understanding of celebrity from the paparazzi and her approach to capturing what lies beneath the surface of a person tells in her upcoming Soho Photo show “Dualities,” featuring portraits of Marilyn Monroe, the Maharishi, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Andy Warhol, Alice Walker, Robert Bly, Keith Haring, and a short-time celebrity, David Allen, a man who lives in a trailer park in Greenfield Center in upstate New York. Lynch likes to photograph celebrities who have touched her life in some way, especially spiritually.”

• Jill Wing, The Saratogian: “Her portfolio seems as much a journal of pop icons—living and dead—as a study of photographic interpretations personalized by the photographer’s darkroom manipulation.”

Marilyn Monroe: The Living Icon. 1996-97. Soho Photo NYC

• Film critic Scott Siegel: “This is a living, breathing spectacle of Americana captured through the images of Marilyn. Extraordinarily impressive stuff. . .a good idea, executed with elan.”

• James Dellaflora, The Villager: “Photographer Mary Ann Lynch is holding a mirror up to society, and we are seeing in the reflection, Marilyn Monroe.”

• Film scholar/author Gene Brown: “One often speaks of images ‘capturing,’ but the ones in this exhibit by Mary Ann Lynch belie that act. This is a compelling meditation about the woman who was, and is, loved as no other woman in contemporary culture. As this show reveals, she is omnipresent, a sort of Everywoman. . . .She is an icon but she is also much more than that. These images of Marilyn really depict something of ourselves, individually and collectively. There is an image of Greta Garbo, but there are images of Marilyn Monroe, which make her the screen onto which we project.”



Photographs by Tammy Cromer-Campbell

with a selection from

The Gregg County Historical Museum Archive

“As a photographer I feel a responsibility to go beyond mere documentation and presentation to

using my talents and skills to convey messages that need to be heard.”-- Tammy Cromer-Campbell, 2008

Focusing on both contemporary and historical providers of power in Texas, POWER includes Cromer-Campbell’s images of Texas steam electric stations (some of the largest in the country); the lignite mines that fuel them; Houston's Ship Channel (Texas’s largest clusters of refineries, with low-income housing nestled around them), the Texas Panhandle Wind Farm and select images from the Gregg County Historical Museum's archive.

Cromer-Campbell began her visual investigation culminating to POWER in 2007. Since then, the issues surrounding our country’s need to diversify its power sources in socially and economically acceptable ways

have taken center stage, especially with the Presidential election pending in January 2009. “My wish is that the materials in POWER will encourage viewers to reflect on current sources of power, future possibilities, and

the need for informed choices.” The images in the show are both color and black and white. To capture the scope and awesome quality of her subjects, she worked with a Nikon digital camera. For intimate and dramatic scenes, she chose the low-tech Holga toy camera. To broaden the context of the coverage of Texas power, Cromer-Campbell includes a fascinating selection of 1930s historic oil field photographs from the archives of the Gregg County Historical Museum. Many of the archival images displayed are those Cromer-Campbell made from scans of the originl 8x10 glass plate negatives.

The educational thrust of POWER is a continuation of Cromer-Campbell’s involvement with social issues and the storytelling power of photography. Her first book, Fruit of the Orchard/Environmental Justice in East Texas (2006), was widely acclaimed for its poignantly honest depiction of the human tragedies that befell the citizenry of Winona, Texas, who lived downwind of a toxic-waste injection-well facility built in 1982. At her March 2008 book signing in Denver at the National Society for Photographic Education, she signed alongside acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, who recently published his own book of photographs of mines, quarries, oil fields, and more throughout the world. With POWER, Cromer-Campbell adroitly scrutinizes similar subjects in the home state of current President George Bush, a region that can be seen as a microcosm facing what Burtynsky has called “the dilemma of our modern existence. . . a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear.” Texas, and all of the United States, need to become more independent in meeting current and projected power needs. The question is, how? POWER offers a stimulating entrée into this discussion.

The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 11am – 6pm and by appointment. TCC PHOTO | GALLERY is located at 207 N. Center St. and visit the online gallery at http://www.tccphotogallery.com.

Additional Information:

Wildorado Wind Project

The Wildorado Wind Project http://www.edison.com/investors/ir_news.asp?id=6146, 161-megawatt (MW)

“The Wildorado project will provide Texas with a valuable new source of environmentally friendly electricity.  In this time of rising energy costs, it is especially important that we develop both new capacity and more diversity in our energy supply.” said Ted Craver, chief executive officer of Edison Mission Group.

• located on approximately 16,000 acres on the Binford Ranch

• generates 161-megawatt (MW)

• 70 turbines that generate 2.3 MW of electricity at peak wind speeds

Houston's Ship Channel

The Dallas Morning News reported, "The Houston's Ship Channel is the largest concentration of petrochemical plants in the USA... A 2007 study by the University of Texas School of Public Health showed that children living within two miles of the heavily industrialized Houston Ship Channel have a 56 percent greater risk of contracting acute lymphocytes leukemia than children living farther away." Houston's Mayor Bill White is one of our modern day heroes. He is trying to reduce air toxic emissions in Houston. "Nobody should have the right to chemically alter air they don't own, breathed by other people, in a way that poses significant health risks," said Mr. White, a Democrat. http://tinyurl.com/5plnaz

Martin Lake Steam Electric Station

Unit 1 of the Martin Lake Steam Electric Station began operation in 1977, unit 2 became operational in 1978 and the last unit, unit3, became operational in 1979. Luminant made 200 acres available to the state of Texas for creation of the Martin Creek Lake State Park, which opened in 1976. An electric-powered train is used to transport lignite to the plant from outlying mining areas. The plant also receives rail shipments of coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin, to supplement and extend the life of the Texas Lignite reserves. Martin Lake is a part of Luminant, formerly TXU.

• generates 2,250 MW

• payroll for Luminant's 3 mines in NE Texas and Martin Lake Power plant is $134,545,129

• property Taxes Paid: $17,375,440

• type of fuel: Lignite and Wyoming's Powder River Basin coal

• the generated electricity is for the residents of Dallas, TX

• #1 mercury emitter in the USA in 2006 *

• emitted 1705 lbs of mercury (Hg) *

• emitted 21,301,393.26 tons CO2 *

Luminant's Oak Hill Mine

Hwy 322 Coal strip mine is apart of the Gulf Coast lignite seam that has the largest quantities of mercury on the continent. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1678227

• located in Gregg County and is apart of Luminant's Oak Hill Mines and is burned by

Marin Lake Power Plant

• to date Luminant has mined 25,269 acres and has reclaimed 1,430 in 2007

• the Railroad Commission of Texas selected Luminant as the winner of the 2008 Texas Reclamation Award.

H.W. Pirkey Power Plant

Pirkey Power Plant located on Brandy Branch Reservoir, a community fishing lake. No fishing advisories are posted on the lake.

• located in Hallsville, Texas

• online in 1982

• one unit, stack height: 525 ft generating 675 Megawatts.

• 110 employees

• annual payroll: $7.1 million

• annual taxes (real estate, personal property): $3,300,00

• the generated electricity is the Longview/Hallsville area.

• pirkey # 1 in mercury emissions per kilowatt-hour

• emitted 1142 lbs mercury (Hg)

• average annual lignite use: 3.85 million tons

Gregg County Historic Oil Fields

In 1931, the Gregg County Oil Fields produced 107,727,912 barrels of oil for a daily average of 295,145 barrels. When "Dad" Joiner's well (1st well in Gregg County) was brought in, oil was $1.10 a barrel. One year later it was 25 cents a barrel. http://www.txgenes.com/TxGregg/OilField.html

Related Information

On April 24, 2008, The Science Daily reported that "the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio released a report that shows a statistically significant link between pounds of industrial release of mercury and increased autism rates. It also shows for the first time_ in scientific literature―a statistically significant association between autism risk and distance from the mercury." http://tinyurl.com/6ao84s

According to the Scientific American, "coal ash is more radioactive than nuclear waste."


1/3 teaspoon or 1 gram of mercury contaminates 20 acres of lake.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Tammy Cromer-Campbell is an award winning American photographer best known for her work as a social documentary photographer and speaker. Cromer-Campbell received her Associates of Applied Arts degree in commercial photography from Kilgore College, Kilgore, Texas under the direction of O. Rufus Lovett. She continued her education by taking workshops from the masters in photography, such as Arnold Newman, Ruth Bernhard, Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, John Sexton, and others.

In 2006, the University of North Texas Press published her first book, Fruit of the Orchard / Environmental Justice in East Texas. The book received favorable reviews from the Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, PhotoTechniques Magazine, CHOICE, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and others. Fruit of the Orchard received an honorable mention for documentary books in the International PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris. She has received many honors and awards including Blue Earth Alliance’s first ever cash grant, in 1999, for Fruit of the Orchard. Cromer-Campbell’s work has been published in many publications including cover stories for Camera Arts Magazine, Houston Chronicle’s Texas Magazine numerous times, and many others fine publications.

Cromer-Campbell is Vice President Statewide on the Executive Board for the Texas Photographic Society. She served as an Image-maker presenter at the Society for Photographic Educators National Convention, Denver, Colorado in March of 2008. Her first film, Environmental Justice in the USA was included in the Short Films by Texas Filmmakers organized by Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium in April 2008. Her work is included in public and private collections internationally such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museet for Fotocunst, Belgium, and others.

In 2000, Cromer-Campbell, co-founded Working Effectively for Clean Air Now (WECAN) to educate her community on local air quality issues and continues to work with environmental groups across the country.

She photographs from her studio in downtown Longview, Texas and lives with her husband Scott, also a photographer.

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