Framing Oak Cliff
In this stunning collection of black-and-white photographs, photographer
Richard Doherty takes a deep visual dive into Oak Cliff, the southwest Dallas
neighborhood where he has lived for the past four decades. Using a variety of
film cameras, Doherty combines vivid, sweeping panoramic images on the main
business drag, Jefferson Boulevard, with intimate portraits of people in their
workplaces, homes, and yards. These evocative, richly detailed images reveal
the unique character of the diverse people, social landscapes, and personal
spaces in this often-overlooked section of Dallas.
Doherty’s photographs are a testament to his love of Oak Cliff, a place where
he has made his home and raised his family. They are also a powerful reminder
of the beauty and complexity of everyday life in a modern city.
In addition to Doherty’s photographs, the book features a concise history of
Oak Cliff by bestselling author Bill Minutaglio, as well as essays by curators
John Rohrbach of the Amon Carter Museum and Christopher Blay of the Houston
Museum of African American Culture. These essays provide context for the
photographs and anchor them in the landscape of contemporary photography.
Framing Oak Cliff: A Visual Diary of a Dallas Neighborhood is a must-have
for anyone who loves photography, history, or the city of Dallas. This
photographic work is a beautiful and insightful portrait of a unique and