"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 30th year of living here, and my original concept has not changed. I have published two books, Big Bend Pictures and Crazy From The Heat. I'm hoping to complete three more before I run out of time. I print everything myself. I have images in galleries, museum collections, and many private collections.
Evans gallery is located on highway 90, four doors down (east) from the Gage Hotel.
Gallery Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM most days.
If no one is in the gallery and there is a note on the door, call the number and someone will come right over. We are just across the street.
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.
My wife Marci works in the gallery, she is usually bouncing back and forth between the two establishments.
Again look for a number posted on the front door and call or text. One of us will come right over. Thanks for understanding.
Here are important numbers:
Studio: 432-386-43 six six
James' Cell 512-560-82 six nine.
French Company Grocer 432-386-45 two two.
All Images are copyrighted © James H. Evans and may not be used for any reason without permission.