Lovin' That Lone Star Flag
History - Texana
11 x 11, 136 pp.
130 color photos.
Pub Date: 09/21/2009
Price:        $29.95


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Lovin' That Lone Star Flag

By E. Joe Deering
Afterword by Ruth Rendon

Texans will decorate almost anything with their state flag, and E. Joe Deering has the pictures to prove it.

In Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag, photographer Deering has collected more than a hundred of his favorite images, showing state-flag-adorned pickup trucks, belt buckles, hang gliders, rooftops, and more.

Starting when he was a staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle, Deering began noticing, as he toured the state on various assignments, how often he saw the image of the Texas flag painted on buildings, vehicles, barn doors, and other places. His curiosity led to an idea for a photographic essay, published by the Chronicle, and this in turn resulted in an exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station of his “flagotography.”

Paired with Deering’s lively captions recording the circumstances and locations of these uniquely Texan creations as well as former Chronicle colleague Ruth Rendon’s introduction of Deering and his work, these striking photographs capture Texans’ infectious enjoyment of their state symbol on land, on water, and in the air.

Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag will bring a smile to your face. It might even get you in the mood for a little Texas Two-Step. . . .

E. JOE DEERING retired from the Houston Chronicle in 2005. These days, he photographs Texas and Texans from his Hill Country home base in Kerrville, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

". . . It is a fascinating record, and beautiful; but his great achievement is to have stoutly resisted all temptation to sentimentality and irony.  A fine tribute to a proud tradition."-Jonathan M. Smith, professor of cultural geography, Texas A&M University

"These pictures are magnificent and well illustrate the theme that crazy Texans (God bless us) will decorate anything with the image and colors of our flag. I would not be surprised to see it anywhere."-Archie P. McDonald, Stephen F. Austin State University

"The pride for the Texas flag is as big as the Lone Star state. Photographer E. Joe Deering's Lovin' That Lone Star Flag book celebrates one of the two most recognized flags in the world through the lens of his camera. Deering's images cover virtually every Texas community's passion for the red, white, and blue flag that unifies this diverse state. From the back roads to the big city streets, Deering takes his readers along the miles and miles of Texas for a memorable tour exploring the pride of the Lone Star flag."-Steve Gonzales, director of photography, Houston Chronicle

 "Deering's book is a must have. The catchy, eye-pleasing collection is recommended for those who enjoy not just the Texas flag but also for those hungry for a glimpse of ordinary Texas life from Fort Worth and Dallas to the plains and countryside." -- Holly Carey, Review of Texas Books


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