The Swartz Brothers Legacy Program: March 4, 2021

Richard Selcer 400wJohn, David and Charles Swartz moved from Virginia to Fort Worth in the late nineteenth century and established a photo studio.  The Swartz brothers made a visual record of the years when Fort Worth grew from a frontier outpost to a bustling western city.  Their most famous legacy is the photo of the Wild Bunch, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and friends, which was made in the brothers’ studio in November 1900.  

Join our March first Thursday meeting to learn more about the Swartz brothers from historian Richard Selcer.  Selcer was born in Fort Worth in 1950, the same year that Leonard Brothers Department Store installed the city’s first escalator and when the statue of Will Rogers was dedicated in front of Will Rogers Coliseum.

Selcer’s other books include Hell’s Half-Acre: The Life and Legend of a Red-light District (TCU, 1991), Lee vs. Pickett: Two Divided by War (Thomas Pubs., 1995), and Legendary Watering Holes: The Saloons That Made Texas Famous (Texas A&M Press, 1994). Learn more.

Selcer also leads walking tours and bus tours of Fort Worth. His favorite themes on those tours are crime and vice, trail-driving days, the Stockyards and Fort Worth’s black and ethnic history. 

Selcer is a graduate of Austin College and earned a doctorate from TCU. He has taught at Tarrant County College, Dallas County Community College, among others in Texas, the U.S. and eastern Europe. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission.

Fun Photo Challenge: 2021

Updated with more detailed submission instructions. Have fun!

Above, an image of  abandoned grain elevators, the February photo challenge subject, submitted by Brenda Greco.

Start now to exercise your photo skills with our new monthly Photo Challenge.

Long-time club member Ken Spencer said it best:

“It gives members a chance to get out of the house and shoot on their own, since we are not currently having club outings. It’s also a chance to show their interpretation of a scene without trying to please a judge.”

The Photo Challenge will be separate from monthly member competition and will not have scores or awards; it’s for fun, sharing ideas and learning how other members view the same subjects. Here’s how it works:

  • Each month has an assigned subject.
  • Photos must be taken after Dec. 3, 2020.
  • Members may enter up to two images each month.
  • Rename your images using your first and last name with a space in between; put a number 2 after your name if entering a second image
  • No need to remove metadata.
  • Re-size your images to 1920 pixels wide and 1280 pixels high
  • Email them to on or before midnight of the 2nd Thursday of the month with a subject line of “Photo Challenge.”
  • Initial topics are precise locations so the resulting images can be easily compared to images taken by other members. If the topic is too broad, there will be no basis for comparison and defeats the reason for this challenge. The initial topics are at outdoor locations to minimize coronavirus exposures. None of the locations have entry fees.
  • The images will be posted on Facebook by each member and also shown at the conclusion of judged entries on the third Thursday of each month since some members are not on Facebook. The images will be displayed in no particular order and the photographer’s name will be announced. The entries will not be judged or scored. We want to enjoy the range of creativity of our members.

2021 Photo Challenge submission deadlines and topics

  • Jan. 14 – Old Tarrant County Courthouse, 100 E. Weatherford, Fort Worth
  • Feb. 11 – Abandoned grain elevators, 3700 Alice St., Fort Worth
  • March 11 – 7th Street Bridge near downtown Fort Worth
  • April 14 – St. John Anglican Church, 2401 College Ave., Fort Worth;  (the exterior of the church, the courtyard or the hallways, but not the church interior)
  • May 13 – Fort Worth Water Gardens, 1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth
  • June 10 – Sundance Square (bounded by 3rd, 4th, Commerce and Houston streets), Fort Worth

Once the coronavirus pandemic is over and we can resume monthly outings, we might use one month’s outing location as the topic for the following month.

Challenge Committee members are Ken Sparks, Ken Spencer and Vicki Lai.

Natural Storytelling Recording: Feb. 4, 2021

View this program on Zoom. Passcode: !yR4M4Ap

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021
  • Russell Graves, Wildlife Photo Essays
  • Online via Zoom; login with meeting ID: 876 1061 8904 and passcode 035008 (for this meeting only)

Russell Graves 400w copyJoin us online to learn Natural Storytelling: Your Guide to the Ultimate Wildlife Photo Essay, presented by Russell Graves.

Says Russell, “Photo essays use many images combined with minimal text to present information in a narrative fashion. They are becoming increasingly popular forms of journalism and are a great way for non-journalist photographers to tell a fantastic story utilizing several images.”

Russell, a long-time photojournalist, will take you through the methods he utilizes when producing wildlife photo essays, If you’ve read any Texas-based magazines over the past 25 years chances are you’ve seen some of Russell’s photos, movies or read some of his words.  Since 1989, he’s been traveling the state telling authentic Texas stories with his camera and his words – both written and spoken.

A graduate of Dodd City High School and East Texas State University, Russell was an agricultural science teacher in Childress for 16 years where he was named Texas Agriscience Teacher of the Year on three occasions. He lives with his family on a farm near Dodd City, in Fannin County, northeast of the DFW Metroplex.

Adventures in Photography Program Recording: Jan. 7, 2021

Join David Morgan as he recounts his adventures and shares wildlife and landscape images he made while spending almost four months on the road this summer. From June until the first week in September, David lived out of his Jeep as he photographed his way through Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and California.

David Morgan is a master photographer and member of Fort Worth Camera Club. David’s award-winning work includes wildlife, landscape and travel photography.

Join the Club Now for 2021

  • Download a fillable form, sign and mail with your 2021 dues check to the address on the form: PDF 2021 FWCC Membership Enrollment 
  • Pay dues for calendar year 2021 now or in January to be eligible for competition.
  • Learn more about Membership.
  • Dues are $40 for individuals and $20 for students age 18 or younger.

We meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. We hope to return to in-person meetings in 2021 when it is safe for us to do so.

Friendly longhorns, above, by Roy O’Rear.