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Personal Stories. Public Responses.

September 6 - November 3, 2018

GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm

Gallery will be closed Wednesday, September 26 - Friday, September 28.

Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

Rikki Saldivar goes through old family photos at a house that belonged to her grandparents on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Houston. Saldivar's grandparents, and four young relatives, drowned in a van in Greens Bayou during Tropical Storm Harvey. Photo by Jon Shapley, Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

FotoFest marks the first anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the historic and catastrophic storm that inundated huge swaths of Houston, surrounding areas, the Texas Gulf Coast, and Louisiana last August. Opening just after the storm’s one-year anniversary, SEEING HARVEY: Personal Stories, Public Responses will focus on the widespread and sustained influence this monumental event had on the region’s landscape, infrastructure, and communities, and on the resilience and fortitude of those affected.

Seeing Harvey will combine images from professional photojournalists and artists with photographs made by members of the public. To assemble the collection, FotoFest is accepting submissions of work from the public through social media and via the web. Information on submitting is available on the FotoFest website at

Harvey dropped an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on the states of Texas and Louisiana, causing an estimated $190 billion in damages and taking the lives of 107 people. It will likely be remembered as the costliest storm in United States history. As the Gulf Coast enters another hurricane season, FotoFest looks back and considers what has been learned, how things have changed, and what, if anything, has improved.

Working with partners, including the recently-established Houston Flood Museum, the Houston Chronicle newspaper, the Center for Public History at the University of Houston, and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, & Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University, FotoFest is staging a number of public programs to encourage discussion on how the region collectively dealt with the events, and how the people, the city, state, and federal governments are preparing for future storms. Dates for the public programs will be announced as they are confirmed.

SEEING HARVEY is exhibited concurrently with the exhibition DELUGE, a video installation, recovered artifacts, and striking images of Houston flood survivors, and their environs, by international photographer Gideon Mendel.



Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 6:30pm
Flooding and the Future of Houston and Documenting Harvey
Houston Chronicle
4747 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77047
With JIM BLACKBURN, co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education, and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center at Rice University and director of the Bayou City Initiative, and DR. STEPHEN KLINEBERG, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University; and WENDY WATRISS, award-winning photojournalist, in conversation with photojournalists of the Houston Chronicle. Presented in partnership with the Houston Chronicle, Bayou City Initiative, and SSPEED Center at Rice University.

The event is free. Registration is required.


Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2-5pm
Hearing Harvey: History and Memory
FotoFest International at Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street, Houston, TX 77007
An afternoon of personal storytelling and recording oral histories with the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. A selection of storytellers will recount their experiences during Hurricane Harvey, after which members of the public are invited to record their own histories to be added to the Center for Public History's archive.

The event is free and open to the public.


A photograph lays in the debris in Bear Creek, West Houston, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Photo by Melissa Phillip, Courtesy of Houston Chronicle

Houston Endowment; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; David and Martha Moore; National Endowment for the Arts; Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation; The Wortham Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Judith and Gamble Baldwin; The Powell Foundation; FotoFest Board of Directors; Silver Street Studios; Hexagroup; Iland Internet Solutions; and generous donors to the FotoFest Challenge Grant.

Special Support for SEEING HARVEY and DELUGE
Bayou Fine Art Imaging; Robert and Heather Westendarp; Saint Arnold Brewing Company; and Total Wine & More.

Programming Partners for SEEING HARVEY 
Houston Chronicle; Severe Storm Prediction, Education, & Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice University; The Center for Public History at the University of Houston; and Houston Flood Museum.

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