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Watt Matthews of Lambshead, with a new Afterword by Laura Wilson and introduction by David McCullough

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Laura Wilson (Author)

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The TSHA is pleased to announce the return of a classic in this second edition of Watt Matthews of Lambshead by renowned photographer Laura Wilson. In this new edition, Wilson adds an afterword to her original award-winning photographic essay, published in 1989 when Watt Matthews was ninety years old and the vital force behind a vast West Texas ranch. Renowned historian David McCullough has contributed an introduction to the second edition. Watt was the ninth and last child of pioneering parents who had established the ranch on the banks of the Clear Fork of the Brazos in 1858, and, in the words of McCullough, "created a family kingdom so large and still so true to its traditional way of life that visitors sometimes have to remind themselves that it is all real." Except for four years at Princeton, Watt spent his entire life on the ranch, which had remained its own separate world into the late twentieth century. Those days are beautifully chronicled in Wilson's photographs and, in this new edition, she brings the story of Lambshead Ranch up to the present by writing of Watt's funeral and what has happened to the ranch since Watt’s death in 1997.

LAURA WILSON of Dallas has published four books of photographs. Her latest book, Avedon at Work (2003), documents her six years as assistant to photographer Richard Avedon. Her photographs have also appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair.

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