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Peter Feresten Photographs

 Collection
Identifier: C-0022

Scope and Description

Peter Feresten’s photography collection consists mainly black and white prints although a number of color prints are included. Some of these prints have been matted for display. The sizes of the prints vary. Comprehensive dates for the collection are 1919-2007; bulk dates are [1976]-2007. The collection is made up of 9 boxes (28.76 linear feet) of materials.

Series I, Documents & Signs, consists of materials used in the planning of the 2005 library exhibit of Peter Feresten’s photography. Some articles about Feresten’s exhibits are included in this series.

Series II, “Fort Worth Hornet” Negatives, contains four large sized negatives and on print of the Fort Worth newspaper “Fort Worth Hornet.”

Series III, Prints, consists of Peter Feresten’s matted and unmatted photographic prints of various sizes. Subjects of these prints includes Blues, Churches, Freeways and Highways, Grain Elevators, Interiors & Architecture, Juneteenth & Sycamore Park, Places and People, Prince Hall Mosque, Stockyards & Northside, Streets & Neighborhoods, and Truck, Trains, & Truckstops. A few large prints on the subject of Churches are located in Box 2 of Juneteenth & Sycamore Park because of storage limitations. Two portraits of Peter Feresten photographed by Loli Kantor are included in Box 2 of Places & People. A subseries of Cockfighting and Klu Klux Klan photographs can also be found in the series Places & People.

Dates

  • 1919-2007

Language of Materials

English

Biographical / Historical

Peter Helms Feresten (1945-2007) was a social documentary photographer whose studies included Fort Worth’s African-American churches and community, Juneteenth celebrations, the Stockyards, and bikers. His works were displayed at local galleries and museums, including Amon Carter Museum, which owns several of Feresten’s works. Feresten also worked as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Tarrant County College for more than 30 years.

Peter Feresten was born on June 15, 1945, in Fall River, Massachusetts. He studied comparative religion at Columbia University and photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Feresten came to Fort Worth in 1975 to teach at the community college. In 1986, he received the first Tarrant County College Humanities Distinguished Service Award. Peter Feresten continued teaching photography and photographing Fort Worth local scenes until he died on September 16, 2007.

Extent

28.76 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Archives: 9F2-9F5

Provenance

This collection of exhibit material was donated by Gayle Feresten.
Title
Peter Feresten Photographs
Author
kjd
Date
May 2015
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

Contact:
500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102
817-392-7740