State Fair of Texas


photos: Lynn Lennon/Degolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, Ag2002.1405



I’ve always been a big fan of the State Fair of Texas. One of my earliest memories is of my mother taking my older sister and me to the fair. When we were school age, we had a day off to attend the fair. A few years later, we were going with groups of girls and boys. Then we were going with dates. Before I knew it, I was taking my own children and the cycle had started over.

In 1984, I decided to photograph the State Fair every year for 10 years. There was so much to capture on film—the animals, the performers, the midway. The fair was so rich with visual images that I saw a scene I wanted to shoot at nearly every turn.

See more of Lynn Lennon’s work here.

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