Friday, January 28, 2011

Texas Aggie Cadet Corps

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets is the perfect photographic subject.
 You could not ask for more than buff youngsters acting out their militaristic fantasy life. 
Copyright Will van Overbeek

The fish get very excited during the final seconds of a close game.

 Hazing is not allowed at A&M, this is Physical training.

 Catching butterflies (see above)

"Quadding" , a birthday celebration

"Cush Race" winner

 Taken to the "Grode Hole"

"The Corps welcomed their first female members in 1974"

  These pictures are excerpted from my book Aggies, Life in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M (1982 Texas Monthly Press).  The book grew out of an article which I had originally proposed to Texas Monthly Magazine.

  The original silver prints from which the book was printed are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, prints can also be found in the collections of the Harry Ransom Center and the Briscoe Center for American History in Austin.



  1. Wow, these are incredible. I find that second one deeply arresting and disturbing. Well caught indeed.

  2. Congratulations on your blog. I'm looking forward to great stuff.

  3. thanks for sharing... i found your website from kirk tuck's blog... and hope to see more... i also like what i saw in your portfolio... best regards - rob

  4. Glad to see you blogging. Fan for a long time.

  5. These are seriously amazing. All the shots were so close and intimate, as if I was part of the scene just by looking at your photographs.
    Do share more of such wonderful stuff, and more of your thoughts too.

  6. Hood Mauermann 85'September 3, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    When these pictures came out in Texas Monthly. I was a senior in high school. I could not wait to get into the Corps of Cadets after seeing the article. Greatest and most important 4 years of my life were as a member of the Corps of Cadets.


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