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Photo courtesy of Bill Wood

Bill Wood (1912-1973) operated as a commercial photographer in Fort Worth from 1937 to 1970. From a studio at 1209 Throckmorton Street, he would take portraits and produce product images, but a greater part of his business was derived from commissions to photograph the city: new tract housing being built, store openings, and infrastructure developments, such as the construction of telephone exchanges for Southwestern Bell.

This exhibition is composed solely of Wood’s photographs of buildings, urban scenes, and construction in Fort Worth, which were taken in the 1950s and '60s as the city was undergoing a considerable boom in population and construction.

Bill Wood: "Sprawl" provides a means to reflect upon the growth of the city, as the photographs document a time when Fort Worth was spreading into previously undeveloped areas. These images can be contrasted with the current construction within the city, in which many of the same places seen in Wood’s photographs are being redeveloped and repurposed.

The exhibition is not only historical in focus but also provides an opportunity to consider photographic objectivity and inclusion. Wood’s photographs are not reportage; they were not taken to document the city but rather as part of a commercial enterprise. The style is consistent in its deadpan approach.

Following the opening reception, the exhibition will be on display through July 30.

Bill Wood (1912-1973) operated as a commercial photographer in Fort Worth from 1937 to 1970. From a studio at 1209 Throckmorton Street, he would take portraits and produce product images, but a greater part of his business was derived from commissions to photograph the city: new tract housing being built, store openings, and infrastructure developments, such as the construction of telephone exchanges for Southwestern Bell.

This exhibition is composed solely of Wood’s photographs of buildings, urban scenes, and construction in Fort Worth, which were taken in the 1950s and '60s as the city was undergoing a considerable boom in population and construction.

Bill Wood: "Sprawl" provides a means to reflect upon the growth of the city, as the photographs document a time when Fort Worth was spreading into previously undeveloped areas. These images can be contrasted with the current construction within the city, in which many of the same places seen in Wood’s photographs are being redeveloped and repurposed.

The exhibition is not only historical in focus but also provides an opportunity to consider photographic objectivity and inclusion. Wood’s photographs are not reportage; they were not taken to document the city but rather as part of a commercial enterprise. The style is consistent in its deadpan approach.

Following the opening reception, the exhibition will be on display through July 30.

Bill Wood (1912-1973) operated as a commercial photographer in Fort Worth from 1937 to 1970. From a studio at 1209 Throckmorton Street, he would take portraits and produce product images, but a greater part of his business was derived from commissions to photograph the city: new tract housing being built, store openings, and infrastructure developments, such as the construction of telephone exchanges for Southwestern Bell.

This exhibition is composed solely of Wood’s photographs of buildings, urban scenes, and construction in Fort Worth, which were taken in the 1950s and '60s as the city was undergoing a considerable boom in population and construction.

Bill Wood: "Sprawl" provides a means to reflect upon the growth of the city, as the photographs document a time when Fort Worth was spreading into previously undeveloped areas. These images can be contrasted with the current construction within the city, in which many of the same places seen in Wood’s photographs are being redeveloped and repurposed.

The exhibition is not only historical in focus but also provides an opportunity to consider photographic objectivity and inclusion. Wood’s photographs are not reportage; they were not taken to document the city but rather as part of a commercial enterprise. The style is consistent in its deadpan approach.

Following the opening reception, the exhibition will be on display through July 30.

WHEN

WHERE

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
https://www.artsfortworth.org/

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