In 2013, more than 2.5 million people attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. One of them was Daniel Kramer a freelancer photographer and teacher who has been making a study of the Houston rodeo since 2003.
"My ancestors, Bud and Bobby Kramer, provided stock to the rodeo from the early 1950s until the late 1970s. In 2003, I reconnected that familial link to RodeoHouston when I attended for the first time and covered the barbeque championship for the Houston Press," Kramer says.
He returned in 2007, and has been back every year since. And thanks to that, 10 photographs from his collection have just been selected for exhibit at the Atlanta Photography Gathering Portfolio show by Karen Irvine, curator and associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago. Kramer says he was told eight photographers were selected from a pool of 90.
His photographs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and have been exhibited at the International Photography Gathering in Syria; the Museum of Cultural Arts in Houston; the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA; the Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wisconsin; The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO; the Minneapolis Photo Center; and the New Orleans Photo Alliance.
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Kramer's photojournalism awards include the Juror Award of Merit in the Street Photography/Documentary category from the International Fine Art Photography Competition in Paris; five First Place Awards in the Photo Essay category from the Houston Press Club and Honorable Mention in Editor & Publisher's National Pictures of the Year contest.