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Gateway to the World

07 Oct 2023 - 04 Nov 2023

The growth of Houston back at the turn of last century was unbridled. Opportunity could be found around every corner of the bayou city. During The 1920’s alone there was a building boom that lasted a decade giving local professional photographers plenty of work. Despite a crushing depression crippling the rest of the nation Houston would survive better than most. The photographs featured in this exhibit showcase the best of the best of commercial photography and photographers during the 1920’s & 1930’s. Using huge cameras that created an 8 x 10 inch black and white negative these skilled craftsmen captured day to day life in and around Houston with amazing clarity. Each image is a visual time capsule revealing an important part of our community’s historical past.

The process of 19th and 20th century photography in the age of the digital world is viewed by some as an alternative form of art. No longer mainstream but back roomed only for use by purists who want to get their fingers wet with darkroom chemistry magic. This exhibit is the combination of large format black & white photography and computer technology as a means of breathing new life into decades old photographic compositions. The new generation digital darkroom is a valuable tool in the battle to preserve our fragile visual history. All images digitally scanned, restored, and printed!

Exhibition Hours

Wednesday, November 1 from 11 am to 3 pm

Friday, November 3 from 11 am to 3 pm

Saturday, November 4, 11 am to 6 pm – closing reception from 4 to 6 pm with curator present

Please note, the gallery will be closed on Thursday, November 2.


Pricing for all exhibit images

The Alta Arts will receive a portion of the sales during this exhibit.

All images in this exhibit are printed on EPSON quality Exhibition Satin canvas utilizing archival inks. They are stretched and ready to hang, with or without a frame.

  • 30 x 40 inch images on canvas $600.00 ea.
  • The Ice Man on canvas 40 x 72 inches $1000.00
  • Pierce Junction Oil Derrick Floor 40 x 60 inches $750
  • Rice Hotel Mezzanine 40 x 60 inches $750.00
  • Lou Forbes Metropolitan Band 40 x 54 inches $750.00
  • San Jacinto trust Door 40 x 50 inches $700.00
  • Welcome to Houston sign 30 x 37 inches $600.00
  • Gulf Bldg. Main at Capital 36 x 48 inches $650.00
  • West Houston view from Gulf Bldg. 40 x 80 inches $850.00

 All images can be custom ordered on EPSON Quality Luster Finish paper utilizing archival inks to the following sizes.

  • 11 x 14 inch on paper $100.00
  • 16 x 20 inch on paper $150.00
  • 20 x 24 inch on paper $200.00
  • 24 x 30 inch on paper $250.00
  • 30 x 40 inch on paper $350.00

All custom orders on canvas will take approximately 30 days to turn.
All custom orders on paper will take approximately 10 days to turn.
All custom orders are prepaid!  
Shipping & Sales Tax charges may apply!

For more information:  info@thealtaarts.org or text 713.730.9732

  • Date: 07 Oct 2023 - 04 Nov 2023
  • Location:Studio Space - Home of Alta Arts
  • Curators:Story Sloane III and J.P. Zenturo Perez Special Thank You to Tom Hale

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