Saturday, August 22, 2020


Amarillo Flights book by Paul V. Chaplo (TAMU Press)

First review of the "Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country" art book!
T. Lindsay Baker, well-known Texas historian writes: "
The Staked Plains region, near level and treeless, has escarpments on three sides in the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. From the air photographer Paul Chaplo sought out its most spectacular and significant areas, recording them for our intellectual enlightenment and visual delight. His photographs encompass not merely the three eroded edges of the plains but also the immensity of the flatness that they surround. This comprehensive panorama of the Southern Great Plains from above is unequaled in works of his predecessors."

Pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and (highly recommended) directly from Texas A&M University Press.  Signed, limited edition photographs from the book, printed on Red River Paper Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag paper, are also available as art for you wall! 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Amarillo Flights opening a PPHM!

Grand opening! The Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country exhibition of my fine art aerial photographs opened July 17 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum #PPHM in Canyon, Texas. The show will run through January 23, 2021. All of thirty-eight color photographs are printed my favorite paper: Red River Paper's Palo Duro SoftGloss rag paper! Red River Paper of Dallas, makers of fine papers for photographers is the exhibition sponsor. The images in the exhibition are from my upcoming book from Texas A&M University Press which is expected to hit the shelves in November! Watch for updates! Signed, small-run, limited edition photographs are available for purchase. #redriverpaper #TAMUPress
https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/collections--exhibitions/special-exhibitions/amarilloflights

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Amarillo Flights exhibit debuts at PPHM
AMARILLO BY SATURDAY! See you at the opening of the Amarillo Flights exhibition at PPHM. I will be in the gallery this Saturday, July 18 from 1:00-4:00 pm! The museum is open, just bring a mask! The exhibit, “Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country,” will premiere at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas. The one-person exhibit will showcase Paul Chaplo's personal aerial photography of the high plains of the Llano Estacado, with a focus on the rugged escarpments and breaks in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The large format color aerial images are from Chaplo's upcoming book by the same title. The photographs reveal the rugged natural beauty of the landscape and many historic sites such as Horsehead Crossing (where you will see the traces of the old trails!), Adobe Walls Battlefield, Fort Bascom site, Chavez City ruins, and the top of Landergin Mesa—to name a few of the many that will fill the Mary E. Bivins Gallery. I look forward to meeting you, surrounded by Texas-sized pictures where history meets fine art photography! The "Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country" book is being published by Texas A&M University Press as part of WTAMU's American Wests series. Limited edition photographs, numbered and signed by the artist will be available for purchase. The museum is now open and a face mask is required. Stay tuned for updates! -Thanks, Paul Chaplo, MFA, author of Marfa Flights and the upcoming Amarillo Flights book. https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/collections--exhibitions/upcoming-exhibition

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, TX

THE SHOW MUST GO ON! Amarillo Flights exhibit will indeed open at PPHM on July 17, 2020! An exciting development is that I have added eight more works to the show, raising the total to thirty-eight. This allowed me to show additional views of key sites and include some purely artistic images. I am excited that the "Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country" traveling exhibition will premier at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas! Thanks to the awesome team at PPHM and West Texas A&M University. PPHM is the largest history museum in Texas, and it now taking on a contemporary approach! I am thrilled to be part of that. My fine art aerial landscape photography of places like Horsehead Crossing, Adobe Walls battlefield, and Landergin Mesa will fill the Mary E. Bivins Gallery. The Amarillo Flights book is being published by Texas A&M University Press as part of WTAMU's American Wests series. The exhibition is sponsored by Red River Paper of Dallas. We are printing the show on Red River Paper's Palo Duro "SoftGloss" fine art photography paper!
Note: due to COVID restrictions, there will not be an opening reception.
https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/coll…/upcoming-exhibitions

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Chaplo to show works at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Amarillo Flights exhibit to open at PPHM later this year! Paul Chaplo's "Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country" traveling exhibition will premier at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas! Thanks to the awesome team at PPHM and West Texas A&M University. PPHM is the largest history museum in Texas, and it now taking on a contemporary approach! I am thrilled to be part of that. My fine art aerial landscape photography of places like Horsehead Crossing, Adobe Walls battlefield, and Landergin Mesa will fill one of the galleries. The Amarillo Flights book is being published by Texas A&M University Press as part of WTAMU's American Wests series.z

The exhibition is sponsored by Red River Paper of Dallas. We are printing the show on Red River Paper's Palo Duro "SoftGloss" fine art photography paper!

Visit the museum website:https://www.panhandleplains.org/p/collections--exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions

See Paul Chaplo's work as an oilfield photographer Midland - Odessa doing work in the Permian Basin and Wolfcamp oilfield: https://www.oilpics.com/

Monday, October 28, 2019

Chaplo's "Amarillo Flights" Traveling Exhibition to Premier at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas

(Canyon, Texas) The The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) will premier Paul Chaplo's fine art aerial landscape photography exhibition “Amarillo Flights” through November 1, 2020. The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, near Amarillo, is the largest history museum in Texas (now that’s big!). PPHM is home to a major collection of Western Art. The show features aerial photography of the Llano Estacado and Canadian River valley including many historic sites. PPHM will also host the launch of Paul Chaplo’s upcoming book (by the same title), planned for release by Texas A&M University Press for Fall of 2020. Chaplo is a Texas photographer. This is his second book with Texas A&M University Press. The "Amarillo Flights" book is part of The American Wests Series at WTAMU. The exhibition is sponsored by Red River Paper.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

"Amarillo Flights" Traveling Fine Art Photography Exhibition with a Historical Angle

Selecting a paper for the Amarillo Flights traveling exhibition

       With the Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country (working title) book manuscript now reviewed and approved by Texas A&M University Press, I now turn my attention to the traveling exhibition. While selecting images to print large for the touring show, my current delightful task is to select a fine art paper for the photographs. 
        My appreciation for quality paper has its roots in experience in printmaking such as etching/intaglio, stone lithography, and traditional photography  darkroom techniques. My search led me to a great paper company in Dallas, Texas called Red River Paper.

Testing fine art papers from Red River Paper!

        After narrowing down my paper choices, I reduced the candidates down to two: Palo Duro Baryata 300 and Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag 310 both from Red River Paper. We did test prints on both papers. The Baryata 300 has a classic feel, while the SoftGoss Rag 310 has a more contemporary look that is well-suited to my finely detailed fine art aerial photographs. I opted for the SoftGloss Rag yet wanted to see a full-size print before finalizing my decision.

First full-size print for the Amarillo Flights traveling exhibition

        Next, it was time for a full-size print on Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag Paper, and I was blown away! This will be the paper that I use for the Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country traveling exhibition.
         If you are a museum or gallery interesting in hosting the exhibit, please call me directly at 972-898-6969 or email me at paulchaplo@gmail.com An exhibition prospectus is now printed, and the exhibition is now available for booking!