Along Forgotten River
Photographs of Buffalo Bayou and the Houston Ship Channel, 1997-2001
With Accounts of Early Travelers to Texas, 1767-1858
From 1997 through 2001, Winningham explored and photographed Buffalo Bayou, the Houston Ship Channel, and the landscape he found along the way. As he hiked and canoed the course of this historic stream, he found pristine stretches of the bayou, still untouched by the encroaching city of Houston. He also found areas where the forces of nature and those of the growing city seemed to struggle for supremacy. He revisited sites of historic importance, such as Allen’s Landing, where the city was founded in 1838, and the San Jacinto Battlefield, where Texas won its independence in the same year.
In "Along Forgotten River", Winningham sequenced 80 of his black and white photographs, then edited and sequenced passages from the written accounts from the earliest travelers to this part of Texas. The result is a complex and fascinating interplay of pictures and words, of historical perspective and present-day observation.
Photographs from this series are available in a wide variety of print media: gelatin silver prints, archival pigment prints on paper and on aluminum, plus a series of photogravure editions.