Renowned photographer Kyle Cassidy opens Tarleton’s Speaker Symposium

The Tarleton Speaker Symposium Series

The Tarleton Speaker Symposium Series

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Renowned photographer Kyle Cassidy comes to Tarleton State University as part of the ongoing Speaker Symposium Series to discuss his career, librarians, guns and unusual people.

The free, public event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Room 116 of the O.A. Grant Humanities Building. Cassidy’s guest lecture is the first installment of this year’s Speaker Symposium Series at Tarleton’s Stephenville campus.

Since the 1990s, Cassidy has been documenting American culture through his camera lens. He has photographed goths, punks, politicians, metalheads, the Dalai Lama, scholars and oil workers, in addition to less prosaic subjects. In recent years, his projects have extended abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on contemporary archaeological excavations.

His publications include several books on information technology as well as a regular appearance as contributing editor for Videomakermagazine. His Photo-A-Week blog ( was one of the first photo blogs on the Internet and has an average of more than 150,000 visitors a week, and he also maintains a relatively exciting twitter feed @kylecassidy.

In 2014, Cassidy published a photo essay on called “This is What a Librarian Looks Like,” a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. It quickly became one of the most popular photo essays Slate has ever run.

Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds and personal style — from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, not necessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian.

Cassidy’s work has appeared in the New York TimesVanity Fair, the Sunday Times of LondonMarie ClaireSpin, CNN, the L.A. TimesEntertainment WeeklyTimeNewsweek, the New York Post and the usual list of various other publications.

His documentary photography book Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes was awarded’s “Best 100 Books of 2007” and “Best 10 Art Books of 2007” medals.War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces features the body art of American service men and women. In 2015 he photographed Geek Knits, written by Joan of Dark which features knitting projects modeled by geek celebrities.

Some of his viral photo essays included portraits of Occupy Wall Street protesters and the scientists behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto.

For more information about the Speaker Symposium Lecture Series and upcoming presenters, visit For directions to Tarleton’s O.A. Grant Building and maps of the Stephenville campus, visit

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.


Contact: Dr. Marcy Tanter, Speaker Symposium Series chair
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A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.