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Laura Wilson

An upended stunt rider’s horse, a Hutterite woman standing in a wheat field and elaborately decked-out debutantes are among the mesmerizing images created by Laura Wilson and featured in her new book, That Day: Pictures in the American West. Published in collaboration with the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and Yale University Press, the coffee table book contains more than 100 pictures shot by the internationally renowned photographer over 35 years. Wilson (center), shown with Dean Gillian M. McCombs, Central University Libraries, and Andrew Graybill, SMU History Chair and co-director of the Clements Center, talked about her work and signed copies of her book at a campus event co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Clements Center on December 2. The publication coincided with That Day: Laura Wilson, an exhibition of her photographs at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Graybill says the book “really captures the West in all its beauty as well as all its brutality.” That dichotomy inspired the artist. “I think it’s important to document these points in time,” Wilson says. “How these people lived and worked — each person is unusual in his or her own way. They’re so removed from our conventional, urban lives.” Wilson will serve as a table host at Tables of Content on April 30.