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Spending a lot more time at home, but dreaming of adventures to come? Us, too. Let your imagination fly across Texas as you lose yourself in the incredible work of some of our favorite photographers. Coffee table books offer the opportunity to experience the full drama and detail of this inspiring art. All are easy to find online or at your favorite bookstore.


 Larry Ditto / KAC Productions

Texas: A Photographic Journey

These three names are familiar to our readers as wildlife photographers and writers. Mention Larry Ditto’s name to any birder or bird photographer and they’re immediately reverent. In this visual feast of Texas’ treasures, the photographers expand our horizons to the edges of their portfolios and the borders of the state.

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 Alyssa Banta

Texas Ranch Sisterhood: Portraits of Women Working the Land

In a fresh and timely take on Texas ranching, photojournalist and writer Alyssa Banta brings us an intimate portrait of the ranch women who helped build this state. Banta spent a year following a dozen modern women ranchers through their grueling daily routines, the sweat and blood and dirt and grit providing a contrast to the grandeur of the landscape.

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 Bronson Dorsey

Lost, Texas: Photographs of Forgotten Buildings

Can you see the beauty in an old, dilapidated barn along the highway, daring gravity by trying to stand upright one more day? If so, Lost, Texas, with its array of haunting images of abandoned buildings, will appeal to you. Whether it’s one of the lucky few to be rejuvenated or one that’s falling down in graceful decomposition, these structures have stories to tell.

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 Kenny Braun

Surf Texas

Surfing’s a sporting passion as classic as a Beach Boys harmony or the driving guitar leads of The Ventures. Whether you like to ride the waves or watch from the beach, longtime Texas surfer and fine art photographer Kenny Braun is the perfect guide to present this photo essay of surfing and the surf culture of our Gulf Coast.

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 Laurence Parent

Texas: Portrait of a State

Open just about any Texas (or Arizona) magazine and turn to a page with a breathtaking landscape. Chances are the credit reads Laurence Parent. He’s certainly filled our pages for decades, providing many covers as well. In this book, Parent shows us the “Five States of Texas,” reflecting the wide variety of geography here.

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 Larry D. Moore |  Gordon K. Grant

The Texas Post Office Murals: Art for the People

Five dozen murals adorn post offices and federal buildings across Texas. Have you seen one? In much the way Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine was created during World War II to inspire people, this New Deal program employed the best-known artists to paint everyday people, Texas history and wildlife for display in public places. The art inspired and comforted those worn down by the Great Depression.

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