Since its founding in 1839, Austin has seen quite a bit of transformation over the years. What was once a tiny frontier town is today a sophisticated urban area that has managed to maintain its distinctive, offbeat character, and indeed, proudly celebrates it.
The city of Austin was named for Stephen F. Austin, who helped to settle the state of Texas. Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin harbors a diverse, well-educated, creative, and industrious populace. Combined with a world-class public university, a thriving high-tech industry, and a laid-back, welcoming attitude, it's no wonder Austin's growth continues unabated.
From the bracing artesian springs to the white limestone cliffs and sparkling lakes; from the colorful, quirky bungalows to the glittering high-rises; from the thump of live music to the heat of the summer and the heat on the tongue, Austin is a sensory feast. But what is intangible is no less important: the warmth and openness that have given the city a reputation for being friendly and relaxed.
Here, photographer Peter Tsai documents the visual story of Austin: its breathtaking beauty, its old and new architectural expressions, and the collage of details that form a portrait of this spirited city and its people.