Renowned photographer Kyle Cassidy comes to Tarleton State University as part of the ongoing Speaker Symposium Series to discuss his career, librarians, guns and unusual people.

The free, public event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Room 116 of the O.A. Grant Humanities Building. Cassidy’s guest lecture is the first installment of this year’s Speaker Symposium Series at Tarleton’s Stephenville campus.

Since the 1990s, Cassidy has been documenting American culture through his camera lens. He has photographed goths, punks, politicians, metalheads, the Dalai Lama, scholars and oil workers, in addition to less prosaic subjects. In recent years, his projects have extended abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on contemporary archaeological excavations.

His publications include several books on information technology as well as a regular appearance as contributing editor for Videomaker magazine. His Photo-A-Week blog ( was one of the first photo blogs on the Internet and has an average of more than 150,000 visitors a week, and he also maintains a relatively exciting twitter feed @kylecassidy.

In 2014, Cassidy published a photo essay on called “This is What a Librarian Looks Like,” a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. It quickly became one of the most popular photo essays Slate has ever run.

Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds and personal style — from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, not necessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian.

Cassidy’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, the Sunday Times of London, Marie Claire, Spin, CNN, the L.A. Times, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Newsweek, the New York Post and the usual list of various other publications.