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Images of Tony Gleaton: Documentary

The television documentary Images of Tony Gleaton (press the play button to watch, or click here) showcases Gleaton’s award-winning photography of Black and Native American Cowboys and the African Diaspora in Latin America. Because of his background, much of Gleaton’s work focuses on the social construction of race. Gleaton continues his adventures on his bicycle and in a renovated 1972 Army ambulance. The program explores how Gleaton, while shooting in documentary style, connects with his subjects to achieve a unique image.

Photographers Gary Miller and Andrew Liccardo comment on Gleaton’s pioneering work in the area of cultural photography. Historian William Tydeman, with the Texas Tech University Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, discusses Gleaton’s role in documentary portraiture.

Images of Tony Gleaton was produced by the award-winning team of Judy Oskam, Ed.D. (producer/director/writer) and Melinda Goodspeed (photojournalist). While producing this documentary, Dr. Oskam was an associate professor in the College of Mass Communications, Texas Tech University. She is currently Professor and Director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University. Melinda Goodspeed was a photojournalist in the Broadcast Bureau – Office of Communications and Marketing at Texas Tech University.

  • Distributed nationally by American Public Television, 2005-2013
  • 2005 Bronze Telly Award (film/video cultural category)
  • 2005 Popular Culture Association Rollins Documentary Competition – Finalist

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