Mathew Sturtevant

This author appeared at the 2012 festival. Please view the list of authors appearing at this year's festival or see our suggestions for similar authors below.

Mathew Sturtevant at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

In the beautiful photography book The Sound of Austin (with a foreword by Joe Nick Patoski and an introduction by Jody Denberg), photographer Mathew Sturtevant creates a mosaic of some of Austin’s very own musicians. While many artists visit Austin because it’s a famous music venue, those pictured and interviewed in this book feel they belong to the city that so gladly embraces them and their music. Featuring dozens of artists and bands, from those still struggling for a break to Willie Nelson himself, The Sound of Austin provides a powerful look inside the lives and minds of the city’s talented musicians. Sturtevant summarizes his feelings for the power of Austin’s musicians by calling up an image experienced by many Austinites: “when the strings bend in such a way that the hair stands up on the back of your neck and your eyes meet a total stranger’s across the room who felt the note exactly the same way you did, you both nod because you know you are both very lucky to experience this sublime moment. That’s when you know this is Austin, Texas.” Sturtevant is an editorial and commercial photographer living in South Austin whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, and Men’s Journal.

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