The Austin Photo Book blog highlights why people love Austin by talking about Austin attractions and events from a local point of view.

The pictures on this blog are from the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait, or taken by the photographer of the book, Peter Tsai.

The book is on sale today both online and in stores. Buy a copy by clicking on this image or by visiting your local Austin bookstore!

A little more than two months after the book launch, things are going great thanks to great support from the Austin community (and kitties too).

To show our appreciation, this post serves as a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that has supported Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait. We’ve gotten tons of great feedback in person, on Facebook, and on Twitter! The Testimonials page on the blog shares a sampling of the positive feedback we’ve received.

We’d like to thank all the individuals who have wished us well! We’ve also been recognized in several publications and blogs on the Internet. Please consider checking out the publications and blogs mentioned below.

SPECIAL THANKS to the following Austin supporters:

Austin Monthly Magazine – This long running Austin magazine needs little introduction. In the July 2011 edition, Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait was featured in the July Hot List of things to watch (excerpt pictured above).

The Rebeccamendations – Local blogger extraordinaire Rebecca Otis interviewed Peter Tsai, the photographer of Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait, on her entertaining blog. They talked about the ins and outs of creating and publishing the book as well as behind the scenes insights about the pictures in the book.

I Live Here: Austin – Annie Lenore’s blog explores the lives of individuals living in Austin, Texas and serves as a platform for them to share what Austin means to them. Annie photographed Peter and featured his Austin essay on in which he mentions the book several times.

N Housing Blog: Austin Corporate Housing – The N Housing blog highlights noteworthy events and attractions in the Austin metropolitan area for newcomers to the city looking for fun things to do. They suggested using the book as a “reference point for things to see & do” in Austin.

Austin Urban Gide – Austin Real Estate Agent Catherine Thomas, who loves Austin as much as anyone, has been a very vocal supporter of the book from the beginning. She specializes in downtown condos, writes her own Austin blog, is active on Twitter, and says that real estate clients love the book as an introduction to Austin.

Austin Globetrekker Joseph Cooke has traveled and blogged about his extensive travels around the world but he loves his home in Austin, Texas and is an all around great guy. On his travel blog he notes that Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait “answers the ever looming question… Why do people LOVE Austin so much?”

Thanks again to all – we love that everyone has been super supportive of the book. As always, please leave a comment and if you would like to purchase the Austin, Texas Photo book for yourself, go to our Where To Buy page.

Two years in the making, the Austin photography book entitled “Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait” is on sale now!

While you can read about this 128 page, hardback Austin coffee table book on the About page on this blog, we all know a picture is worth a thousand words.

So, I put together this hands-on video that gives a better feel for what you can expect from the book.

As the video shows, the book is packed full of colorful photos and insightful captions for over 100 landmarks around Austin. Whether you are new to Austin or have lived here your entire life, there’s something for you in its pages.

As I mentioned in the video, you can buy the book online at and

We Austinites all like to “Keep Austin Weird” as well – BookPeople has the book but it’s not in their computer system yet. When you go into the store, you will have to search the Texana/Texas History section manually. When I went in, it was on the far shelf, next to the Texas Nature section next to “Trillin on Texas”. If you head to Barnes and Noble, my book will be in the Texas section (although it’s cheaper to buy online at

If you represent a hotel or corporation that wants to buy at least 5 books, please use the following form to inquire about a bulk order discount.

You can also order individual prints or licence photos from the book at on the photo prints page.

In closing, I would like to thank you to all of the Austinites around town that helped in the making this book about our awesome city! I could not have finished this multi-year project without you.

To stay in touch, please subscribe to this blog for more cool info about Austin and possibly future events related to the book. You can also find me on Twitter @AustinPhotoBook and @supertsai.

Tell all of your friends! Thanks a million!

Like the recent “Play Me, I’m Yours” Street Piano art project, the beautiful custom guitars of the Guitartown Austin art project graced many popular public spaces around Austin for almost a year starting in November of 2006.

But like all good things, the Guitar Austin project came to an end in October of 2007, when the guitars were auctioned off in the name of charity, collectively raising over half a million dollars to benefit non profit organizations around Austin.

If you want to enjoy the guitars today, you still can, but where can you find them? The Gibson website tells us where the guitars used to be, but nowhere online is there a single placethat that tells you where the guitars are today… until now!

There are two public places where you can find the Austin the art guitars today: up and down Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, and in the baggage terminal in the Austin Bergstrom Airport.

On Congress Avenue, there are 3 guitars:

  • “Vibrancy” by Craig Hein (the guitar shown in the photo), is next to the Frost Tower on the east side of 4th and Congress
  • “Twinkle Twinkle Lone Star” by Amanda Dunbar is on the east side of 2nd and Congress
  • “Sixth String” by Randy Rudman is on the West side of 6th and Congress
  • The real mother-load of Austin art guitars is inside the Austin Bergstrom International Airport in the Baggage terminal on the ground floor. On baggage carousel #3 you will find at least SEVEN of the guitars sitting right next to each other.

    The guitars in the Austin airport include the following:

  • “Piece of my Heart” (pictured), a Janis Joplin (who is from Texas) tribute by Tracie Sutton
  • “Por Vida” by Kathy Marcus
  • “LiveStrong” (Lance Armstrong Foundation tribute) by David Mider
  • “Keep Austin Weird” by Sarah Hickman
  • “Musician” by Howard Weliver
  • “La Guitarra” by Delfin Escalante
  • “MusiCapital” by Sharon Roy Finch
  • “Austin Music Flows” by Debra Prather Samples
  • The next time you are downtown or going through the airport, make sure to check out these cool pieces of art! They are just one of the things that keeps Austin “weird” and a makes it a great place to live!

    Just a friendly reminder that everyone’s favorite Austin family event on 6th street is coming back on May 7th and 8th, 2011. The Pecan Street Festival is full of live music, carnival style street food (think turkey legs, funnel cakes, alligator on a stick, and kettle corn), and many local artists showing off their wares. Going strong for 33 years, the Pecan Street Festival (which carries the old name for 6th Street) is an Austin tradition and institution.

    So, what’s good at the Pecan Street Festival? As far as the music goes, one of my favorite local bands, Brownout! will be playing on Sunday May 8th @ 6PM. They play drum and horn driven 70’s soul / breakbeat music with a Latin flare. Even if you aren’t familiar with Brownout!, know their alter ego, the popular Austin salsa / cumbia band Groupo Fantasma (most of guys are in both bands).

    Food wise, in addition to the tasty (and super greasy) treats I mentioned above, Austin food favorite Torchy’s tacos will be on hand as a solid option. It’s most likely going to be a hot Texas weekend during the festival, so make sure to bring plenty of water.

    I’m not much of a shopper myself, but there will also be plenty of stuff to buy at the festival, with over 100 vendors selling everything from arts and crafts, to jewelery, candles, clothes, and more.

    If you want to escape from the crowds, there are a couple of cool vantage points to take in the festival from. The photo above (which is in the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait) was taken from Maggie Mae’s rooftop patio, which is a nice breezy spot away from the busy streets below (if they are open). If you cant get into Maggie’s, the Iron Cactus upstairs patio is a nice place to people watch as the thousands of Austin festival goers pass by below.

    For more information on the Pecan Street Festival, visit their official site or follow them on Twitter @pecanstreetfest.