Tracy Anne Hart had been shooting live music and architecture in early 1983 when she found herself at the now demolished club Fitzgerald’s to shoot Stevie Ray Vaughan. Word had begun to spread that the guitar hotshot was about to go on tour with David Bowie. So the Public News alternative paper asked her to shoot his show. Hart had previously shot Vaughan’s brother Jimmie Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. So she headed to Fitz and snapped a star on the rise. She’d shoot Vaughan on stage multiple times between 1983 and his death in 1990.
Hart has a new book due early next year featuring more than 100 photos of Vaughan. In the meantime, she’ll do a pop-up exhibit with some of her Vaughan photos at Brazos Bookstore Thursday tied to a book event by authors Andy Aledort and Alan Paul for their new Vaughan book, “Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan.” Hart will also have prints of some of the photos, with partial proceeds going to the Houston Food Bank.
She talked a bit about shooting the guitarist back in the ’80s.
Q: That first Fitzgerald’s show…. Did you know you were hearing something special? Or does work get in the way of that?
Q: You have a beautiful close-up of his hands. But I also notice how much texture is there in the wider shots, just the ways his fingers have been changed to do what he did.
Q: So after that first show, you clearly wanted to hear more.
Q: As a photographer, I assume you welcomed his stage garb. It makes for a rich frame.
Q: Do you look at the photos and start hearing music instantly?
Q: How many photos in the book?
“Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan”
With: authors Alan Paul and Andy Aledort and photographer Tracy Anne Hart
When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15
Where: Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet
Details: 713-523-0701, brazosbookstore.com
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