Lamar art faculty member Keith Carter will release his 10th book, A Certain Alchemy, in October.  The book, published through the University of Texas Press and the Southwestern and Mexican Photography Series of the Wittliff Collections, will be featured in a 10-page article in September’s Texas Monthly magazine.

“A Certain Alchemy is a collection of imperfect observations of the relationship we have to our ideas of place, time, memory, desire and regret,” says Carter.  “It is an anthology of oblique angles and awkward pauses that examines the history of photography and our own shared natural histories.”

Accompanying the images is an introduction by Carter’s friend and fellow photographer Bill Wittliff, who describes Carter’s artistic journey and the epiphanies he has experienced.

“Keith Carter explores relationships that are timeless, enigmatic, and mythological,” notes the publisher.  “Drawing from the animal world, popular culture, folklore, and religion, Carter presents photographs that attempt to reflect hidden meanings in the real world.”

Since joining the Lamar faculty in 1987 to hold the university’s first endowed chair, the Homer L. Walles Chair in Visual and Performing Arts, Carter has built a prestigious program in art photography.  He is a powerful recruiting force, attracting and mentoring a number of promising young artists.  

 A Beaumont native, Carter is an internationally recognized photographer and educator.  He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Survey Grants and the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Carter was the subject of an arts profile on the CBS program Sunday Morning in 1997.  A year later, he received Lamar’s highest teaching honor, the University Professor Award, and was named the Lamar University Distinguished Lecturer.

 Carter has exhibited all over the world.  His work is included in many public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.  He is the author of nine previous books: Opera Nuda, Ezekiel’s Horse, Holding Venus, Keith Carter Photographs: Twenty-Five Years, Bones, Heaven of Animals, Mojo, The Blue Man and From Uncertain to Blue.

 Bill Wittliff is a distinguished photographer and writer whose photographs have been published in A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove, La Vida Brinca, and Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy and exhibited in the United States and abroad.  An accomplished screenwriter, Wittliff wrote The Perfect Storm, Legends of the Fall and the Lonesome Dove mini-series. With his wife, Sally, he founded the highly regarded Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which include the Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection and the Southwestern Writers Collection.

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