Austin History Center and Austin Public Library present Austin Icons of the Eighties Book Launch and exhibit opening
Austin History Center and Austin Public Libraries will present the release of a new book by photographer Bill Leissner, titled Austin Icons of the Eighties: Music, Theater, Politics. The mid-1980s were boom times for Austin economic growth, political progressivism, and culture. Leissner was in the thick of it, shooting more than 100,000 images to document the scene.
A technological innovator, with his homemade flash rig and loads of Tri-X film, Leissner was an imperturbable documentarian and backstage presence, documenting the luminaries of Austin music, theatre, and politics, including such icons as Ann Richards, Jake Pickle, Joe Ely, Willie Nelson, and Randy “Biscuit” Turner. Leissner also documented various projects mounted by Big State Productions, including the trailblazing stage show called In the West. Leissner is also considered by many to be the inventor of the “selfie.”
Leissner’s Eighties photography is also on exhibit and will be on display through July 21.