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Weeping Mary
by O. Rufus Lovett

"I am grateful for this uplifting and deeply touching experience."
- MICHAEL KENNA

"O. Rufus Lovett's Weeping Mary is a poetic representation of his love for the people who live in a small town in East Texas."
- MARY ELLEN MARK

"Images that are intimate enough to feel like a gift placed in our hands by a lover."
- ARTHUR OLLMAN

"How does one balance whatever harm the invasion of privacy might cause against the value of preserving some thing of beauty and human relevance?"
- ANNE WILKES TUCKER

"The name, Weeping Mary, is so beautiful - the name demanded my attention."
- O. RUFUS LOVETT

The selected photographs are from the newly released book, Weeping Mary, by O. Rufus Lovett, foreword by Anne Wilkes Tucker and published by University of Texas Press.

Steeped in history and folklore, Weeping Mary lies in a river bottom flat within the piney woods of East Texas. The photographs create a portrait of a rural community revealing a universal story of the human condition. The photo essay recognizes the importance of the intertwined lives of the children with parents, grandparents, cousins, uncles, aunts and neighbors.

"The Houston Center For Photography is one of the first venues to exhibit the Weeping Mary images. HCP has been a nucleus for the photographic art community in Texas, and a magnificent venue for the emerging photographer on a national and international capacity. As a photography educator, HCP is an extraordinary resource for me and my students. Thanks HCP, and happy Silver anniversary!"
- O. RUFUS LOVETT

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