Frisco photographer Warren Paul Harris, in conjunction with the release of his first coffee table book, Texas As I See It, is donating part of the proceeds to benefit Dallas schools.
While it is no secret that Dallas Independent School District (DISD) is in dire financial straits, support for the Arts in Texas education has been especially lacking for many years. This was made abundantly clear when Mr. Harris’ daughter began instructing at DISD as a music teacher in 2007. Her entire program, along with all other Arts programs were funded not by the State, but by a completely separate Grant.
Warren wanted the proceeds of his book to make a difference in education and the Arts. As a result, one dollar from the sale of every book is donated to Big Thought, a non-profit organization benefiting DISD.
Warren’s view of the Lone Star State is evocative, compelling and insightful. Capturing everyday vignettes from our surroundings and processing them to enhance texture, color and detail, much of his work seems more illustrative than simply photographic.
With a keen eye for composition, Harris brings us the mundane, as well as the unusual with compelling results. From the amusing to the poignant, his combinations of light and shadow, texture and relationships, evoke a visceral response in the viewer.
As a long-time contributor to many local papers and magazines, Warren has captured some amazing events included in this book. But Warren’s love for his adopted home comes from exploring the back roads and small towns of Texas on his Harley and by car, for no other reason than to see what he can discover. A Licensed Texas Investigator, his natural curiosity serves him well in ferreting out the unusual among Texas’ hidden treasures. His experience as an architect, designing and building recording studios for 20 years, gives him a unique appreciation for line, light and shadow – and copious examples punctuate this volume.
While Warren has been best known for his time-exposures taken from unusual locations in the middle of the night, this first volume of three books is entirely daylight-centric. “After creating the prototype for this book in 2009, having the time-exposure work next to my daylight images seemed in conflict” says Harris. “As a result of adding a lot of new material from my library, it seemed best to break up the work into three volumes, which keeps the production costs lower and allowed us to produce a higher quality product.”
Spanning 158 pages with 204 images, the book is hardbound with dust jacket and sells for $34.95.
Published by Brown Books in Dallas, Texas As I See It is endorsed by Ebby Halliday and Terry Box, the Sheriff of Collin County, among others.
Texas As I See It website:
(refer to website for book signing dates)
Warren Paul Harris Photography:
* PPA (Professional Photographers of America)
* SEP (Society of Sport and Event Photographers)
* ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)
* NPPA (National Press Photographers Association)
* IAAP (International Association of Architectural Photographers)
* PSA (Photographic Society of America)
Guests may purchase copies of the book during public events, in addition to Fine Art note cards from the book’s contents. A small selection of very large canvas prints from Texas As I See It will be on display (and for sale) at all book signings.
Books can be ordered from the website, for delivery in 3-10 days or from Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.