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May 17, 2013

Doss art exhibit opens today

By BRIAN SMITH

A new photography exhibit at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center captures the beauty and intensity of the West throughout the years.

David R. Stoecklein’s “Photographing the West,” will open this evening with a reception and lecture on the exhibit beginning at 6 p.m. Stoecklein is an Idaho photographer who has had his work featured in a number of magazines, including Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

Stoecklein has also had more than 50 coffee table books of his work published. His work has earned him the title “Best Living Photographer of the West” according to a press release.

Center Curator Amanda Rush is pleased and honored to have Stoecklein coming to town to talk about his work.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to show Stoecklein’s work at the Doss,” Rush said. “Many of his

photographs capture the rich ranching heritage of Parker County.”

Rush was busy earlier this week, going through 85 large, exhibit quality photographs and deciding which ones to place in the exhibit, which runs through Aug. 25. Stoecklein is no stranger to the county itself, doing twice a year workshops at the Sanders Twin V Ranch, Rush said.

“He has shot several of his photos in the county, shooting the cowboy in his most native element,” Rush said.

Stoecklein’s lecture is expected to focus on his process and how he got started in the business. A number of his books will be available for purchase and autographing, Rush said.

After spending many years taking lifestyle photos for such companies as Coca-Cola, L.L. Bean, Timberland and more, he has spent the last 30 years documenting the culture and people of the western United States.

His work has been honored by Canon, which named him an “Explorer of Light,” a prestigious Canon-sponsored group of 50 of the most influential photographers in the world. Canon is also sponsoring the show at the Doss.

Copper Creek Restaurant will be providing appetizers and a cash bar. Admission is free to DHCC members, $5 in advance or $10 at the door. For further information, visit www.dosscenter.org or call 817-599-6168.

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