Russell Lee Photographs

Yarborough campaign onlookers, Mount Vernon, Texas by Russell Lee, 1954. Russell Lee Photograph Collection. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

"The legacy of Russell Lee's documentary photography is profound," said Dr. Don Carleton, director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. "From his work with the photographic unit of the Federal Farm Security Administration during the Depression, his controversial study of Spanish-speaking people in Texas, and his political work as a photographer for the Texas Observer, Russell evidenced a singular compassion for the human condition."


This traveling exhibition of photographs by renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee draws from the magnificent archive that he donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History just prior to his death in 1986. Russell Lee Photographs offers a rare glimpse into the remarkable images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977. Sections include:

  • Human Condition
  • Politics
  • Travel and Industry
  • Texana

Russell Lee Photographs is an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Russell Lee Photographs is made possible in part by a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To view the Russell Lee photograph collection at The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Exhibition Format


Content37 framed, black-and-white photographs
  • 20 – 16" x 20"
  • 17 – 20" x 24"
37 identification labels
1 introductory text panel
1 biographical text panel
4 thematic text panels
Space Requirements126 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 wooden crates:
  • 40” x 28” x 24” - 151 lbs.
  • 44” x 25” x 20” - 138 lbs.
Rental Fee*$1000*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Publicity Materials

Press release

Russell Lee Photographs press release

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2023–2024 Bookings

Clark Gardens Botanical Park
Weatherford, TX
03/01/2024 - 04/01/2024

Gaines County Museum
Seminole, TX
09/09/2024 - 10/18/2024

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