Dallas photographer and frequent FD Luxe contributor Larry Travis died on Monday, December 9, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 61. In addition to his work as a freelancer, Travis’ wife, Lourie, says he taught photography for 21 years at The University of Texas at Arlington and was recently teaching at The Art Institute of Dallas. Travis is also survived by his daughter, Marie, who works in the movie and commercial camera business.
A public memorial and celebration of Travis’ life is planned for Saturday, December 21 at 10 a.m. at the Tarrant County Bahá’í Center located at 723 E. Border St. in Arlington.
Tammy Theis, a former Dallas Morning News fashion reporter, contributing FD Luxe stylist and owner of Wallflower Management modeling agency; was a frequent collaborator with Travis and his friend. She posted this remembrance on her Facebook page and gave us permission to reproduce it:
“To Larry Travis, I will miss your smile, your kindness and wonderful words of encouragement. You once told me I was afraid of success, which really pushed me to start my own business. I’ll never forget our wonderful FD Luxe (which you always pronounced F-deluxe with your Texas twang) shoots and marathon editing sessions. I can’t believe I won’t see you come through the Wallflower door with your students for a visit. Once again, I find myself saying goodbye to one of the good guys, a guy without an ego, which is so rare in this business. Rest in peace friend. My deepest sympathies to your family. Love, Tammy”
Below, a look back at his work: