Year Of The Women

Year Of The Women

Today, almost 99 years since women earned the right to vote in this country, 99 women will be heading to Washington to represent us in crafting a vision for a more fair and just nation where all are respected.

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Old Photos - New Meanings

The University of Houston Special Collections has become the permanent home for some 15,000 of my photos from late Twentieth-Century Houston. The black and white prints, color slides and negatives from 1976-2002 showcase late 20th-century Houston life, art, politics and business.  My donation of the archive was featured on Channel 13, and in several other media outlets.

It was hard to see some of my photographs washed away when Hurricane Harvey flooded our home in 2017, but I am grateful that I’ve been able to take some time to assess what was saved and make it available for others to make meaning of.

Andy Warhol and Diane Von Furstenberg at the 1980 premiere of Urban Cowboy

Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Nikki Van Hightower open the International Women’s Year Conference 1977

Congresswoman Bella Abzug and Nikki Van Hightower open the International Women’s Year Conference 1977

For more information about the archive, please click this LINK

Good Works

This is the time of year when I do the work of returning – returning to my best self, to my core values, to meaningful work.

It seemed an auspicious time to discover this 1993 project that highlights the inspiring story of Elmer Earl Harper, who was honored with an award for “Achievement Against the Odds.”

The award was presented by The National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise to individuals who, when faced with challenge or adversity, saw opportunity to improve the quality of life for their neighbors and communities.

Mr. Harper faced overwhelming trauma and adversity in his life, but his response was to choose to make meaning out of his life, and to improve life for others.  I was so moved by Mr. Harper’s story when I had the opportunity to photograph him. Now a quarter century later, I am pleased to help sustain the ripples of good work that he created in his lifetime.

Photography by Janice Rubin.

Dusting off an old slide...

This photograph from the Galveston Mardi Gras needs to be seen again. Many of my older slides have succumbed to the ravages of Houston storms. Some were preserved as part of my digital archive.