For 57 years, until his retirement in 1964, at the age of 90, Schleuter carefully recorded Houston’s growth and development. His work includes images of skylines, construction, oil fields, industry, agriculture, rural life, Houston’s port and ship channel, social occasions, and Houston’s citizens.
He was best known as an oil field photographer for he was frequently called to the fields when a gusher was imminent. His photographs recorded the event for potential investors and posterity’s sake. His career spanned the time from glass plates and wooden cameras to modern films and sophisticated cameras and portable lighting.
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