The Georgetown Texas Photography Festival began in 2019. Hosted by David Valdez and the Williamson Museum, the festival provides an exciting opportunity for photographers to capture the beauty of Georgetown,Texas. The festival is now an annual event held on The Square in beautiful Downtown Georgetown,Texas with great success. In 2023 we changed the name of the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival to The Texas Photography Festival in celebration of our 5th photography festival in 2024.
David Valdez Founder of the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival with special thanks to the Williamson Museum for co-hosting
David Valdez learned photography in the Air Force. He was a photographer for various federal government agencies and was Chief Photographer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before becoming Vice President Bush's photographer. After Bush became President, Mr. Valdez became the Director of White House Photo Office and personal photographer to the President of the United States. In 1993 became General Manager of Photography for the Walt Disney Company. He returned to DC as an Assistant to the Secretary at HUD. Currently living in Georgetown, Texas where he is on the Williamson Museum Board and is the Arts and Culture Board Chairman for the city of Georgetown. David has been called an "Icon of American Photography" and he hosts the annual Texas Photography Festival.
Nancy Hill Executive Director Williamson Museum
Danelle Houck Williamson Museum
Christine Tomaszewski Founder of the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival 2019-2022
Kathryn Conrad Williamson Museum Curator
Julie Copenhaver Committee Member
After the conceptual idea of the first Texas Photo Festival, Kodak Mentor Doug Box and co instructor Randy Kerr, a Smithville local, was met enthusiastically by Smithville’s film commission who orchestrated a main street social gathering event for both professional education and photo enthusiasts. With that, a festival that nurtures photographers common passions for imagery was born. From each who nurtured the concept, we are grateful Texans have a place to connect and share their love for photography and storytelling. We wish David Valdez and Williamson Museum all the best as they maintain, develop and produce the Texas Photography Festival in Georgetown Texas for years to come.