1970 was an auspicious year for Austin: Eddie Wilson opened the doors to the Armadillo World Headquarters and lit the fuse for an explosive Austin music scene; that same year, a 21 year old photographer named Scott Newton moved to Austin and walked through the Armadillo's doors to see a show on a whim.
Slung on Newton's shoulder was his Canon AT-1 camera. He often carried it and thought he'd take a few photos at the show.
If one believes there are no such things as happy accidents or coincidences, then Newton's life is an exhibit to study. He had no training as a photographer, but literally stumbled into his life's calling.
In the spring of 1979, Willie Nelson’s secretary, Jody Fischer, picked up the phone and did what Newton was too shy to do—she called Terry Lickona, the producer of Austin City Limits, and made a fateful recommendation on his behalf.
After 36 years and 33 seasons of freelancing as the house photographer for the television show Austin City Limits, Newton's photographs have been collected and displayed in the Keller-Pfluger Gallery located on the Mezzanine level of The Moody Theater in the W Hotel Austin.
He's shared some of the highlights displayed the new gallery.
Willie, the revolutionary