FOTOmentor Award 2023

Keith Carter

© Keith Carter, Nevermore 2015
© Keith Carter, Nevermore 2015


© Keith Carter, Raven 1996
©Keith Carter - Raven 1996

© Keith Carter, Fireflies 1992
©Keith Carter - Firelfies 1992

Keith Carter

Keith Carter’s work has explored time, place, and vernacular culture for over fifty years, as well as having been exhibited in over one hundred fifteen solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Sixteen monographs of his work have been published, along with two documentary films: Keith Carter: The Artist Series, Ted Forbes and A Certain Alchemy, Anthropy Arts. A new monograph: Ghostlight, is scheduled for publication fall of 2022 with University of Texas Press, a fifty-year retrospective book, Keith Carter/Fifty Years was published in fall 2018 from University of Texas Press. In addition, Mr. Carter has contributed to nine other anthologies over the years. He received the Lange-Taylor Prize (1991) from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and was the recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts in 2009. Described as a "Poet of the Ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times (1994), Carter’s work has been featured on the nationally televised program CBS Sunday Morning in (1997. Mr. Carter’s photographs are included in numerous private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the George Eastman House, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University. He has held the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Texas for thirty-three years, where his awards include the University's highest teaching honors; the Regents’ Professor Award (2010), and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Prize (1998).

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About the FOTOmentor Award:

Each year, the PBPC Awards Committee selects a photographer to receive the FOTOmentor Award in honor of his/her lifetime achievements in the world of photography. Previous recipients include distinguished photographers:

  • Ruth Bernhard
  • Keith Carter
  • Bill Eppridge
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • Lawrence Gartel
  • Ralph Gibson
  • Carol Guzy
  • Walter Iooss Jr.
  • Michael Kenna
  • David Hume Kennerly
  • Robert Glenn Ketchum
  • Douglas Kirkland
  • John Loengard
  • Duane Michals
  • Ralph Morse
  • David Muench
  • James Nachtwey
  • Arrnold Newman
  • Gordon Parks
  • Sebastiao Salgado
  • Howard Schatz
  • Brian Skerry
  • Maggie Steber
  • Evon Streetman
  • David Turnley
  • David Rubinger
  • Joyce Tenneson
  • Vincent Versace
  • Albert Watson
  • Art Wolfe

Museum Exhibit

  • Exhibition opens January 24th through March 18th, 2023
  • VIP opening reception  Jan 24th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (free to FOTOfusion presenters and gold passport holders, all others $45 )
  • Awards Dinner Jan 25th 6:30 pm (free to FOTOfusion presenters, gold passport holders $100, all others $200 )
  • Public reception Jan 26th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  (free to the public)
  • Keynote lecture:  Jan 27th 1:00 pm (free to FOTOfusion presenters, gold and silver passport holders and members, all others $10 )

His exhibition:

“Only a Little Planet…”

A survey of both vintage and recent work chronicling the poetry of the ordinary, and the search for a moral and spiritual history of place, and photographs as autobiography.

His lecture:

  “Only A Little Planet…”

A look at our history of “writing with light,” our own shared histories, and the search for meaning in a tumultuous, occasionally puzzling, and often eloquent world.