The legacy of the Swartz brothers is being celebrated in the TCU library during the month of November.
The brothers, David, John and Charles, arrived in Fort Worth over 130 year ago. Over 33 years, they snapped thousands of photos of people, events and architecture.
Hundreds of images have survived from the time, and the TCU library is displaying 46 of them. The exhibit includes the only known portrait of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang of outlaws.
“The image itself is more popular than the people who took the photograph,” said Roger Rainwater, head of special collections. “It’s an example of great photography. From a cultural and social point of view, this is what gives history life.”
“They captured Fort Worth’s image,” he said. “If they weren’t here we wouldn’t know what Fort Worth looked like at the time. They and their fellow photographers helped portray the city, and there are some really interesting photographs.”
Dean June Koelker was interested in bringing the exhibit to TCU. Both Koelker and Rainwater credit Dr. Richard Seltzer, who owns the exhibit, for bringing it in. The exhibit was at the Fort Worth Public Library last summer, and was in Halstead, Texas. Now, until November 30, the exhibit will remain on the first floor of the TCU library.
Junior economics major Ty Doyle saw the exhibit, and said that he would recommend it to anyone. Doyle said he learned some interesting facts about history.
“You get an understanding of what day to day life was like in Fort Worth, and it’s very interesting,” Koelker said. “I know at this time in the semester, students are pressed for time but it really only takes a few seconds.”