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Pam Francis Photographs is the first monograph on the remarkable Houston-born artist and photographer Pam Francis (1954–2020), considered one of the top editorial and portrait photographers in Houston. The book spans more than three decades of her art practice, from 1987 to 2020, featuring more than 125 color photographs, including those of Houston Southern rap artists Bun B, Slim Thug, Lil’ O, UGK (Pimp C and Bun B), Lil’ Keke, Mike Jones, and Big Moe; music producers J. Prince and Tony Draper; three United States presidents (George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama); hall-of-fame and Olympic athletes Hakeem Olajuwon, Carl Lewis, Roger Clemens, and Mary Lou Retton; Grammy Award winners Lyle Lovett and Destiny’s Child; American Music Award winners LeAnn Rimes and Hank Williams Jr.; and CEOs and entrepreneurs Jim Goode, Mark Cuban, Tillman Fertitta, Oscar Wyatt, Jack Sweeney, Michael Dell, Herb Kelleher, and Kenneth Lay. Also included in the book are essays by Teresa Hubbard, William and Bettye Nowlin Professor in Photography, University of Texas at Austin; Keliy Anderson-Staley, associate professor of photography and digital media, University of Houston; and Britt Thomas, interdisciplinary artist and lecturer, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Christine Starkman, guest curator at the Blaffer Art Museum for the exhibition Pam Francis Photographs, conducted eleven interviews for the book.