For four days a year - two days in the spring and two in the fall - the Montrose section of Houston became a lively, colorful place where a neighborhood came to play, to party, and to celebrate its renegade spirit. The Westheimer Street Festival - affectionately known as "West Fest" to its fans - was one of the city's oldest outdoor festivals through the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond.
In this book, photographer Charles Tatum II turns his lens on the sights of this unique event in all its wildness and whimsy. You'll see reptiles, drag queens, tie-dye tees, and the diverse community of everyday folks that comprise Houston's Inner Loop.
This is a trip like no other. This is West Fest.
CHARLES TATUM II is a photographic artist who taught himself to take pictures in his time living in Houston. His photos have been displayed in Houston's Museum District and he has had images included in the collection HIWI: The Book. He is a graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Chicago native. When not taking photos, he enjoys tech gadgets, astrology, and spending time at coffee houses in Houston and Austin. West Fest: Portrait of a Street Festival is his first solo photo book.
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