“Bayou City Noir: The Photography of Marvin Zindler”

Houstonians get a look at a little known side of news reporter Marvin Zindler in “Bayou City Noir: The Photography of Marvin Zindler.” The exhibit, made up of some 50 photos, was developed by John Gonzales, a copy editor at the Houston Chronicle and writer of its Bayou City History blog. He discovered Zindler’s photographs by chance. “I just happened to find this photograph…of this woman who had been a crime victim at the Alabama Theater,” Gonzales explains. “When I looked at the photo credit, I noticed it was taken by Marvin Zindler.”

Gonzales immediately began looking for more of Zindler’s photos. “I looked on the microfilm, and sure enough there were some great dramatic photos that Marvin had taken,” he says. “When we think of Houston in the ‘50s, maybe we think of the Shamrock [Hilton Hotel], and its growing into a boomtown, but this provides a different look at the seedier side of Houston in the early ‘50s through the eyes of Marvin Zindler. Back then, the city was known as the murder capital of the nation. It had a very high crime rate, and Marvin was right in the middle of it.” There’s an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. on March 24. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through August 13. 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-522-4652 or visit www.printingmuseum.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 24. Continues through Aug. 13, 2011

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