Houston is a hotbed for photography. Between the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the University of Houston and Rice University art programs, support programs like Project Rowhouses and the Houston Center for Photography, learning about photography, breaking into the art scene and being successful are much more likely here than in New York. So here's our look at our favorite photographers. We excluded regular photographers for the Houston Press regular photographers, in an effort not to seem unduly influenced by the fact we love and respect them all. (Sorry guys and gals, we'll have to make a different list for you some other time.)
The winner of the Photo of the Year in the Houston Press 2013 Web Awards for his image of the Space Shuttle leaving Houston, Myers is an Apple app developer, with an undergraduate degree in physics from McGill University, a masters in nanoscale physics at Rice University, where he also studied for a Ph.D. in applied physics.
Winner of the Best Photo of the Year in the Houston Press 2011 Web Awards, Vest explores a unique landscape - the waterways of the Houston Ship Channel. An on-board pilot for incoming and outgoing ships, Vest takes very little equipment on his shoots (since he has to carry everything up and down a rope ladder. See more of his work on Flickr.
David Brown, an artist activist as well as a photographer, shot a 2011 series of photographs which seemed to show both the outside and inside of public spaces.
Now a curator for the Houston Center for Photography, Masterson often shoots low-light landscapes.