Join MMAC for an evening with the infamous Texas Bill a.k.a. Bill Leissner! Leissner will take us on a journey— his journey, from accidentally inventing the first "Selfie" to becoming a world-famous photographer!
~ Free & open to the public ~
Saturday, March 31st 2018 from 6pm – 9pm
2200 Tillery St, Austin TX 78723
— via Glasstire
ABOUT BILL LEISSNER FROM "TEXAS BILL" HIMSELF:
I bought my first SLR in about 1980 and began taking classes with Mark Goodman in the UT art department. At first, instead of my candid photos I brought pictures of porches and shadows and such to classes, which Mark informed me looked like “wallpaper.” I showed him some of my “liveshots” and Mark planted the idea that this work actually qualified as art. At that point, Mark Goodman invented me as a photographer. In the course of the 80’s I accumulated an archive of around 3,500 rolls of film, which translates into about 100,000 images. I started out shooting bands and gravitated from there towards other staged performance (theater, dance, improvisation), politics, portraits, street scenes, animals, parties, conventions, and anything or anyone else that caught my eye. I also began my "bill & ___?___" project, which led my friends to characterize me as the inventor of the “selfie." It includes thousands of self-portraits taken at arm’s length with luminaries, friends, animals, inanimate objects, etc.
I had the opportunity to photograph numerous Austin cultural and political icons and venues. I shot 300 rolls of Ann Richards’ campaign, from start to finish. Lots of people, lots of places. Lots of memories of a thrilling time in my life and in Austin history.