"Don't bother to take photographs in Big Bend. James Evans owns the place and frankly you should simply buy his books and save yourself some time. He not only has what it looks like, he has what it feels like and means. This is a very rare thing." ~ Charles Bowden
"Outside is the side I take." ~ JHE Personal Statement: I moved to Marathon,Texas on December 28, I988. A month before I was on a trip to Big Bend with my friend Clif Ladd, and on the way we stopped in Marathon to see a friend of his that worked at the Gage Hotel. I learned from him, that the Gage was looking for a cook. With that knowledge in my mind we left for the park. I had been to the park twice before and was already in love with the place. On this trip I met some locals, Uncle Joe, Aunt Roberta, John Suffaco, and Susan Bryant. We all partied together at Joe's place and I was totally smitten with them. They were unpretentious, educated, and I felt a strong connection. I was also still looking for what my life's work would be. After meeting these people and sleeping under the stars I devised my plan and thoughts. I would apply for the cooking position, close my commercial studio in Austin, and move to Marathon. I would make this area my place through my photographs. The books of the area I had seen up to that time were all pretty picture books. Tourists books taken by traveling photographers. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to be an "insider." A photographer taking photographs of his neighbors. I am in my 33rd year of living here, and my original concept has not changed. I have published two books, Big Bend Pictures and Crazy From The Heat. They are currently both out of print. I am working on a retrospective book, and a geology book. I print everything myself. I have images in galleries, museum collections, and many private collections.
Evans Gallery is located at 100 S E 1st. Street. Go across the railroad tracks (Post Road) and it is the first building on the left. The Marathon Health Clinic is on the right.
Gallery Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM most days.
Ring the Bell.
If you are planning a trip and want to visit, a call or email is much appreciated. I like to meet with people, but you may need to make some effort.
If Marci is not in the gallery. She is close by. There should be a number on the door.
Pandemic masks are welcome but not required.
Here are important numbers:
Studio: 432-386-four three six six. Rings me in my workshop.
James' Cell 512-560-eight two six nine.
All Images are copyrighted © James H. Evans and may not be used for any reason without permission.