The slightly sticky feeling of photo paper against your fingertips, the distinct odor of processing chemicals used to turn a blank sheet into a work of photographic art.  These distant memories for some are still being used in the art of photography.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 738-1933At Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the art of the lens goes hand in hand with the museum’s world-renown collection of paintings and sculpture.

(credit: Subhankar Banerjee website)

On display in the museum’s photo space through August 28 is Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know.

A photographer in the spirit of Ansel Adams, Banerjee’s exhibit features the area surrounding his Santa Fe home.  The exhibit curated for the Carter specifically focuses on the impact the bark beetle has had on pinon trees and on the variety of life in the mountainous landscape of Northern New Mexico.

Skeet McAuley, Navajo Housing Project, 1984 (credit: Amon Carter Museum of American Art)

Opening on August 13 is an exhibit dedicated to the landscape photograph in art.  Masterworks of American Photography: Landscape features a number of pieces from the Carter’s permanent collection, and explains the story of ‘The West’ and of America itself in dealing with a changing landscape from the 1800’s to today.

Byrd Williams III (1913-1985); Waitress at Big Ernie's, Fort Worth, Texas; 1952; Gelatin silver print; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of Byrd Williams IV, Plano, Texas

Also on the horizon is work. Feature Photography Exhibition: Work.  Having been a focus of photography from the beginning stages, work is what we do, and the exhibit shows how we do it.  The exhibit will run from September 11 through early 2012. photo/Ryan Crowe

If all of this talk of photographs at the museum has your inner shutterbug wanting to break out your dad’s Pentax or even your sleek new Nikon, the Carter wants to see your work.

Through the month of August, the museum is looking for photographs of you enjoying the museum with friends and family.  The winning photos will be selected to receive a museum membership.  For more information on the Amon Carter Museum photo contest, click here, and get ready to get your lens clicking too.