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Bob Kinney Photography

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Bob Kinney
Photographs People

I enjoy photographing folks in a variety of settings –
Celebrations like a Wedding – Anniversary – Party
as well as Family & Personal Portraits –
Music & Other Arts –
Pets – Sports – Austin Life

Reasonable Rates
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Please Note
“BK website” at end of many photo captions –
Means more photos are on this website –
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Black Star Co-op exhibits Bob Kinney photography through mid-October or so

August 7, 2012 Leave a comment


Honduran and Austin Moms & Sons
Casa Marianella – Austin 1987
Son Dennis and His Mom Patricia


Black Star Co-op – the world’s first cooperatively owned brew pub – is exhibiting ten of my photographs through mid-October or so.

The Flying Baby
with Dad & Mom – Austin 2008 during Seminary Flag Football Game. Dad was the Team Quarterback. Will Baby Grow Up to be an Olympian?

Tired but Strong Eyes
Homeless Man who Posed Himself at
El Buen Samaritano – Austin 1989

The co-op is in the Midtown Commons development at North Lamar and Airport Boulevard in Austin. I am proud to be a founding member of Black Star and helped to mentor its creation when I was board chair of Wheatville Food Co-op in the mid to late 2000s. Black Star is about four miles north of Wheatsville.

The Breakfast Club –
Kitty Jump and Her Friends
After I Scatter Birdseed on the Driveway between the Fence & Neighbor’s House this Happens Every Day.

Iguana and Friends
Homeless Man Brings His Buddy Iguana to El Buen Samaritano – Austin Christmas 1994

High at Eeyore’s Birthday Party
Pease Park – Austin 2010

Readers of the Austin Chronicle weekly newspaper voted Black Star the Best Pub Grub in its recent election. Black Star brews up to eight exemplary beers and has about sixteen taps of national beer to complement its great food. Its website  tells you more.

Twinkling Woman in Café
New Orleans 1994

Cheap Beer Toss
Draught House Beer Olympics with Natty Lite Beer Cans Exploding – Austin 2011

Texting Each Other?
Ginny’s Little Longhorn Honky Tonk –
Austin New Year’s Eve 2012

Pub hours are Monday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight – Friday & Saturday 11am to 1am – and, Sunday from 11am to midnight. Food service stops one hour before closing time.



Maceo Parker
Legendary Funkster & Sax Player at Antone’s in Austin 2009 when His Band Played for Almost Three Hours without a Break.

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The Wars of Heaven – History & Theology in Puppet Theater

May 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Trouble Puppet performers from left Gricelda Silva — Katy Taylor — Julie Moore.
Steve Rogers Photography

I know a lot about war – as you do, too
Since America was founded we have been at war 93% of the time – 222 out of 239 years – since 1776. America loves wars & our military spending every year dwarfs the rest of the world put together.

Trouble Puppet Theater Company’s brilliant presentation of “The Wars of Heaven” brings several wars from 2560 BC in Egypt up to World War Two in Stalingrad 1942 center stage at the Salvage Vanguard Theater 2803 E. Manor Road.
Show times are 8pm Thursday through Saturday and 6pm Sunday May 17 when the play closes. After Friday’s show there will be a backstage presentation on how shadow puppets are built and projected onto the stage screen.

Simply put – this is the most Historically and Theologically accurate exploration of what happened after God cast Lucifer and her Archangels out of Heaven. Turns out Lucifer and her warriors are involved in the same six wars against the Father’s warriors in the 60-minute performance – and both sides have moral doubts.

What happens when a Native American puppet sees the shadow puppet ships of invader Christopher Columbus sailing into his home waters is heartbreaking and so very sadly true. The next scene shows how their bucolic teepees rest upon the native land until one … then two … then more steepled churches pop up towering above their humble homes. I literally gasped – you should as well – to see the dramatic portrayal of what Christianity did – and really continues to do – to Native Americans.

After experiencing this wonderous blend of 1.5-foot-tall tabletop puppets operated by eight Trouble Puppet Theater performers – clever shadow puppet projections on the large screen at stage back – thundering music of war composed by Justin Sherburn – and the deft genius of Connor Hopkins and Dad of Clementine the two-week-old daughter of Trouble Puppet Director & Performer & Spouse Caroline Reck and Connor …

Thanks & Smiles to Performers Travis Bedard – Zac Crofford – Parker Dority –
Gricelda Silva – Ellie McBride – Julie Moore – Noel Gaulin – and, Katy Taylor.

The Wars of Heaven

Angels and demons are among us, serving God and Lucifer, fighting in our wars, upholding an ancient order. What happens when some of them begin to doubt the rules?

Part I of Trouble Puppet’s epic tale is a dazzling Miltonic saga, told through tabletop and shadow puppetry.

Tickets here

Wars of Heaven has gotten wonderful press, including national coverage in American Theatre magazine (“ethereal and epic”!) and articles and reviews in the Statesman (“dazzling visuals,” “A mixed-media hybrid, layering video images and multiple puppetry pieces to create a fascinating tableau with depth and texture”), the Chronicle, and It’s unlike any show we’ve done before.

Not created for children. Contains irreligious content, mature language, and violence (war). Probably OK for ages 12+.

Links to reviews of “The Wars of Heaven” play

· American Theatre magazine writes about TPT: Trouble Pupppet: They’ve Got the Whole Universe in Their Hands

· The Statesman admires WoH’s “dazzling visuals” and calls it a “mixed-media hybrid, layering video images and multiple puppetry pieces to create a fascinating tableau with depth and texture.”

· The Chronicle gets its think on: Trouble Puppet’s The Wars of Heaven, Part I

· Jeanne Claire van Ryzin blogs about the music.

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Austin Music mourns death of Larry Monroe

January 18, 2014 1 comment

Great Larry photo by Tommy Holt of Third Eye Photography

Great Larry photo by Tommy Holt of Third Eye Photography

Austin Music mourned the death of iconic radio DJ Larry Monroe on January 17, 2014 – much like we did in 1990 when Stevie Ray Vaughan died.
I was listening to fellow Hoosier Larry Monroe on his Blue Monday KDRP show January 13 and noticed his voice was noticeably hoarse – so much so that he did not list the music he had been playing during the last hour at show’s end. When another DJ did his Phil Music show three days later, I figured Larry had gotten the flu.
I woke up today to the sad news that Larry had died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a hospital.
After moving to Austin for its music in 1978, I began listening to Larry on KUT Radio when he went on the air in 1981 eventually with four unique programs – Blue Monday, Phil Music, Segway City and Texas Radio. I have yet to experience such an amazing and eclectic DJ – and probably never will. Larry believed that a great song was great literature.

Bret Gerbe photo of Larry in his home

Bret Gerbe photo of Larry in his home

KUT’s official statement on Larry’s death failed to include how current station manager Stewart Vanderbilt cut the on-air hours of Larry and Paul Ray so they lost medical insurance and eventually got shoved out by his new KUT regime – a heartless move protested by tens of thousands of his fans including myself. Larry returned to the radio waves when he joined KDRP (100.1fm) a new radio station in Dripping Springs south of Austin in 2011.

Discover the wonder of Larry Monroe on his wonderful website and through Austin Chronicle writer Kevin Curtin’s January 17, 2014 article

Thanks to the KDRP Larry Monroe archives you can hear Larry on 100.1 fm every week – – Larry’s Blue Monday show airs from 9 to midnight (central time). His Phil Music is on Thursdays from 7 to 10pm – & repeats the next Sunday 8 to 11pm

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Bob one-person photo exhibit thru April

March 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Exhibit of Bob Kinney photos on display in Austin through April.

Several of my photos are in a one-person show at the Seton Cove Spirituality Center near Kerbey Lane in West Austin through April.

at Wheatsville Food Co-op Staff Party

The exhibit includes photos I shot from the 80’s to present day. I most enjoy taking photographs of people as they are. Faces especially interest me and the exhibit reflects this.

Woman in New Orleans cafe

Please note – the 15 photos are in an area at the center where classes and luncheons are often held. Please phone the center <451.0272> ahead of your visit to ensure the room will not be in use when you come to view the photography exhibit.

Funkmaster Maceo Parker

Seton Cove is at 3708 Crawford – a one block street between 38th and Old 38th streets – that is one block west of the intersection of 38th & Shoal Creek Blvd. Seton Cove is a one-story house next to the Subway shop and one block east of Kerbey Lane.
Center hours are 9am to 5pm Monday thru Friday. Some street parking. The photography exhibit is free.

Homeless Guy & Iguana with New Friends on Chistmas

Find out more about the unique Spirituality Center on its website – Check the event schedule on the right side of the homepage to see if something is taking place when you want to visit. Best to phone ahead to be sure.

Flying Baby with Dad & Mom

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About Bob Kinney

December 28, 2009 3 comments

email Bob –

Freelance – Writer & Publicist & Proofreader &
Photographer –

About Me

Ever-seeking person … father … journalist … photographer … publicist … graphics person … enjoys a wide range of music and film …

Have photographed music shows from real country and rock to punk and blues since the early 1970s … happy to recall that I flunked my first college photojournalism course because I could not mount a print properly and … since then … folks have paid me to photograph and write.

Musician Photos online

I enjoy shooting a variety of music shows in Austin, a city I moved to in 1978 because I liked the music being played here — see third paragraph down.

Musicians who have posted my photos on their websites & my space sites include Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers, David Olney, Black Panda, Amber Digby, the Germs, Brennen Leigh, Krum Bums, the Continental Club, Millipede, Ginny’s Little Longhorn , the Exiles and – most recently – Cindy Cashdollar.

Service to Community of Austin and Beyond

Austin means so much to me. I believe in giving back to where I am.

Moved to Austin for the music scene in 1978 after being communications director at Denison University in central Ohio through most of the 70s. Listened to music from Austin in the early 1970s, watched each new episode of Austin City Limits every Sunday night on pbs television in my house on a farm where pregnant dairy cows lived, came to Austin in mid-summer 70s to visit Ruthie during summer school, went to my first Willie Picnic in Liberty Hill and moved here in fall 1978.  Worked at G&S, a type house before desktop publishing, for eight years and then did a range of communications work at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest from February 1986 to November 2009 when my job and eleven others were cut to help bolster the seminary’s economic health … as they said at the sad time.

Past president and 15-year member of the board of directors of Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin. Stepped down from board service in January 2010 due to term limits in co-op bylaws. Wheatsville surprised and honored me greatly when our store renovation was finished by naming one of the four new trees in the parking lot Bob’s Tree (it’s the tree closest to the store on the parking lot’s east side tree island). The citation read “Bob’s Tree.” Named on October 10th 2009 in honor of Bob Kinney’s Longtime Dedication to Wheatsville Food Co-op. May its branches shade the WV parking lot for generations to come.” You’re welcome to hug Bob’s Tree anytime you shop at Wheatsville!

Joined board of directors of Mary House Catholic Worker in Austin in December 2009. Dorothy Day, co-founder of the international Catholic Worker in the 1930s, has always been a hero of mine. Nice to be part of her official family now. Find out more about Mary House by going to the wordpress blog I created – link in the column at right of this page. I sadly resigned from the board of Mary House in November 2012 for ethical reasons.

Meals on Wheels driver for 20-plus years on same route. Miss Hale continues to live in her house on our delivery route since I first started driving.

Joined the national executive council of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship at the beginning of 2012. Have been working to increase awareness of this community of peace and writing press releases about what folks are doing on a local level – for example, Seminarians launch interfaith chaplaincy ministry to Occupy  Austin – and, Boycott Starbucks for allowing guns in their coffee shops. Alcohol and Guns don’t mix – Same true for Caffeine and Guns.

Listen to Bob

My journalism buddy Eileen Flynn (who used to write about religion for the Austin American-Statesman and now blogs at and I have known each other for about ten years. We both appeared on the Writing on the Air Program on KOOP fm radio August 4. We talked about writing and blogging with program host Francois Pointeau. Listen to the one-hour podcast at

Favorite Quotations:

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings having a human experience. (a bumpersticker)

Every Chippewa is taught from birth that these seven basic qualities must guide us as individuals and tribal members: honesty, respect, generosity, kindness, fairness, sharing and spirituality. Only by keeping to this path can we meet our responsibilities to ourselves and to one another. (Twila Martin-Kekahbah, former chairperson, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

I may keep this boy heart of mine … I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way. (Carl Sandburg)

More Wags … Less Barks (a bumpersticker)

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. (Oscar Wilde)

These are my principles; if you don’t like them, I have others. (Groucho Marx)

So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was. (Molly Ivins)

What is essential is invisible to the eye (Pierre de Chardin)

Alan Pogue describes the moment of great photography

I have known Alan Pogue, Austin’s top documentary photographer, since I came to town in 1978. Alan was recently inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and deservedly so. In an article promoting the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a Austin American-Statesman journalist wrote the following about Alan — “Austinites think of Alan Pogue as someone who records reality. Yet he also transforms that visual record into art. And, in an unfaltering way, into social justice. Working in black and white, Pogue is best known for covering social and political movements, culture and conflict, around the world: migrant workers, prison conditions and victims of violence in Texas, Cuba, Pakistan, Haiti and Iraq, among other places. ‘The art of photography is part intellectual and part instinctual,’ Pogue says. ‘I select what I choose to photograph for its social significance, but in the act of photographing, intellectual considerations subside, my sense of hearing is muted and I move in an emotional/visual environment, not thinking in words.'” As a writer and a photographer, these words mean much to me.
Read more about Alan and see his wonderful photos at