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Friday, March 07, 2003

Wyman Meinzer Bio

Wyman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University in 1974. His interest in photography and photojournalism developed and expanded while involved in research at Texas Tech. Editorial endeavors were first published in 1979 with photos appearing in National Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife magazines. His work has since appeared on over 250 magazine covers including more than 50 national and international covers.


Publications where photos have appeared worldwide include Smithsonion, Natural History, Time, Newsweek, Audubon, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Highways, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, Outdoor life, Korea GEO, German GEO, Das Tier, Airone, Horzu, BBC Wildlife, U.S. News and World Report, National Geographic and many others.


Magazine assignments include such locations as Mexico, Montana, Canada, Alaska, and the entire state of Texas. Wyman was the official photographer for the historic event in the capture of the last remaining herd of southern plains bison in existence by the personnel of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.


Among his work you will find two large format natural history books titled Roadrunners and Coyote. Meinzer photographed the book Playas: Jewels of the Plains for author Jim Streit. Two titles with author Andrew Sansom, Texas Lost: Vanishing Heritage, a work on our vanishing natural areas in Texas, and Texas Past: Enduring Legacy, a book on preserving our historical heritage. Also, Wyman photographed three large format books with author Ray Sasser titled Texas Quail, Texas Whitetail, and Texas Seasons.


Another book, Texas Sky was released in 1999. Texas icon and author John Graves wrote the preface for this beautiful symphony about our Texas sky. Also completed is a book showcasing a cross section of what Wyman feels to be some of his best work, sort of a best of the best album, called Wyman Meinzer: Eyes on Texas, which includes text by Ray Sasser and an introduction by John Graves.


Meinzer’s first black and white book, Contemporary Ranches of Texas, text by Dr. Lawrence Clayton, was released by University of Texas Press in October 2001. Also in October 2001, his vivid study of the Panhandle Plains of Texas, and her hypnotic canyons, titled Canyons of the High Plains was released by Texas Tech Press. Upcoming books include Rivers of Texas, with author John Graves, Desert Sanctuaries: Chinatis of the Big Bend, and Lonely Places of the Plains with Dr. Walt McDonald, Poet Laureate of Texas.


Wyman was voted "Outstanding Alumnus" in 1987 by the department of Range and Wildlife Management at Texas Tech University for contributing to the field of range and wildlife management through writing and photography.


He was the recipient of the "Distinguished Alumnus" award in 1995 from the School of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University.


In 1996, Wyman received the "John Ben Sheppard Jr. Award" from the Texas State Historical Foundation for contributing to the preservation of Texas History through writing and photography.


With Andrew Sansom, Wyman received the 1997 National Literary Award for their work on the book, Texas Lost: Vanishing Heritage.


The book, Roadrunner, received the San Antonio Conservation Award.


Governor Bush and the 75th Legislature of Texas designated Wyman the 1997, "State Photographer of Texas".


Wyman has been the Keynote speaker for Educational Organizations (i.e. Texas Tech University/August 1999 Graduation Ceremonies), Professional organizations, and Photographic Organizations throughout the entire state of Texas.


Wyman is a contributing editor to the Texas Wildlife Association magazine.


A collection of Wyman’s work titled, The Natural World of Wyman Meinzer, was on view at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, from August 1999 until December 1999.


Recent media coverage includes stories in the October edition of Southern Living Magazine and the High Profile section of the Dallas Morning News (Sun. October 24, 1999) . . . and countless others to date. He is also featured in the Texas Co-Op Power magazine, May 2001 issue. Wyman’s work is showcased in a book, published by Collectors Covey in Dallas, Texas Brushstrokes. He is the only photographer included. Meinzer is also highlighted in a book titled Texas Men: Big Guns, Rising Stars, & Cowboys, by author Martanta of Dallas, Texas.

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