Click to preview West Fest: Portrait of a Street Festival photo book

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.


About the Author

Charles Tatum II
ctphotoart Houston, Texas, USA
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.

Comments (4)


ctphotoart says

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

posted at 11:06pm Nov 05 PST


f3xpgm says

On page 6, isn't that Moonspell playing??

posted at 07:51am Nov 03 PST


AdoptionLove says

I just voted for your book. Looks like some of the street fest we have in Chicago.

Check out my book "Rebecca, Romeo, and Francis" in the family category. We are from Chicago also.

posted at 02:58pm Oct 31 PST


vallain1 says

very dramatic with that black background.

posted at 01:44pm Oct 30 PST


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