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First Down, Houston
Title | First Down, Houston
Author | Anne Wilkes Tucker & Robert Clark (photographer)
Type | Book
Rating | 10
Notes | Football is an American phenomenon, and Texas fans have long embraced the sport with unrivaled fervor. In 2002, when a new professional football team hit the Lone Star State, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recognized a unique opportunity to record history in the making. Although millions of photographs of football exist, the first year of an NFL team has never been captured.

The museum and the Houston TEXANS have collaborated to document the team’s first season. From the NFL players’ draft to the TEXANS’ opening day to the final game of the Houston team’s inaugural year, both the quiet and the frenetic rhythms of a major-league football enterprise are vividly charted.

More than just a strict chronicle, First Down, Houston reveals every angle of the team that was founded by Robert C. McNair and has won the hearts of Texas football fans. Award-winning photographer Robert Clark (Friday Night Lights) was granted unprecedented access to the team. He took action shots and players' portraits; shot views of training camp and weight room sessions; and produced memorable images of the players and their families outside of the public’s intense gaze. He also photographed Mr. and Mrs. McNair, the coaches, and other staff members that are part of the business of professional football. Seen together, the 219 photographs provide a penetrating and intimate look into the world of the Houston TEXANS.

This book is being produced in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name to be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from September 21 through February 8, 2004. Both the book and exhibition pay tribute to the football team that has taken Texas by storm.
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Travis Bartoshek Student/Intern / Photographer
Huntsville | TX | USA
Comments | [01/05/04] This is a wonderful example of what can be done if you have full access to your subject. Like Stephen this book is setting prominently on my coffee table. Seeing a book dealing with sports shoot all in black and white is a nice change.
Rating | 10

Stephen O'Brien Photographer / Assistant
Houston | Tx | USA
Comments | [11/19/03] This is an awesome book! It is the size of a coffee table book, and on my coffee table is where my copy is right now ( minus the coffee ). There are over 200 pictures shot by Robert Clark, and better yet, they are all in black and white. Robert Clark had, for the most part, unlimited access that allowed him to document the Texans first season, from training camp to their opening night win over the Cowboys and through the end of the season. While mostly lockeroom and sideline photos, there are a few action photos. All in all, Robert Clark really worked his tail off to get all that he did! If you go to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston web site, one can preview some of the pictures that are in the book as well as on exhibit through February 2004.
Rating | 10

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