He's an award-winning photographer who's worked with National Geographic, Texas Monthly and Life. She's a former reporter for Life who still gathers life stories. Husband and wife team Michael and Elizabeth O'Brien put their talents together to capture a bit of Texas history with the book The Face of Texas, a series of portraits and profiles of dozens of Texan characters. "Michael shot the photographs over 20 years while on assignment for various magazines," Elizabeth O'Brien says. "I had to go back and get the profiles either with interviews or doing as much research as I could."
All photos by Michael O'Brien from The Face of Texas. Used by permission of the University of Texas Press. Copyright © 2014 by Michael and Elizabeth O'Brien. Stephanie Kuehne, Miss Texas USA, 1990
The book includes several beauty queens such as Stephanie Kuehne, 1990's Miss Texas USA and the great-granddaughter of a woman who hunted mountain lions for a living. Kuehne's shown in full pageant mode. Wearing a winner's crown and bright pink swimsuit, a bouquet of yellow roses in her arms, she's standing in front of an Alamo movie set. Kuehne went on to have a successful career as an actress and model and now lives in Houston where she's involved in philanthropy work.
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