Book Launch | “Caption This”

October 29, 2023

This panel discussion celebrates the book release of Caption This: A Photographic Collection of Amusing Comments, Snarky Asides, and Romantic Admissions by Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey. A book signing follows.

Caption This features photographs of everyday people over the past 100 years, revealing a funny and surprising history of handwritten and typed captions. From words scrawled on a Polaroid to comments on social media, captions play an important role in documenting the moments of our lives.

The panel discusses the relationship of text and image, referencing the “Pictures of Text” installation in Gallery 208 of the Kinder Building. Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, moderates.

Plan Your Visit
This program is included with Museum admission. The discussion takes place in Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building, with first-come, first-served seating. On Sundays, the Museum is open from 12:30 to 6 p.m.

About the Authors
Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey are collectors, artists, and curators specializing in vernacular photography. Their photography collection, known as PhotoMania, has been acquired by the MFAH, and their collection of vintage photograph albums was acquired by the International Center of Photography in New York. Levine and Ramey run Project B, an archive and collaborative curatorial venture; and they divide their time between Houston and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; Samuel H. Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Sharon G. Dies; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.


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