Watt Casey Photography

In the 1970’s, with the encouragement of members of his family who are lifelong ranchers and cattlemen, Watt started photographing cattle, cowboys and ranch scenes. The photographs are used in magazines, brochures, various advertisements, web sites and in numerous books about the ranching and cattle industry in the United States and Mexico.

In addition to photographing on ranches the early 1970’s found Watt in Austin TX, photographing countless musicians who either lived in Austin or came to Austin on tour. Thus began a career working with local and national musicians. The images are used in local and national publications, publicity material, numerous books, albums (multiple releases by Dylan, Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, & Muddy Waters have his photographs and most have several different photographs), and on the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s best selling single “WAR”.

Publisher Santa Cruz Press books “Two to Mexico” and “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” showcase countless photographs taken in Colorado, Texas and Mexico. 
Photographs taken in the US and Mexico during a 30-year period appear in Laurence Lasater’s book “Tailwind Both Ways” published by Bright Sky Press. Bright Sky published many other books Watt did the photography for including three fabulous cookbooks by Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba, the Founders of Carrabba’s Italian Grill.
Watt has photographs in numerous books about Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and other books on various blues, country and rock musicians, and Watt’s photographs are used in documentaries, films and/or tv productions about Sam Lay, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. 


A long awaited, much talked about book featuring Watt’s photographs of musicians is coming in 2017.  The book, published by Texas A & M press, will be available nationwide including at the Grammy Museums in California and Mississippi. The focus is on Texas, but will have images from Watt’s work on Eric Clapton’s 1974 US tour, Steve Miller at Red Rocks and Bruce Springsteen at Red Rocks and Memphis.

Steve Miller has written the intro/foreward, there will be long captions and various details about images along with an essay from Watt’s mid to late 1970’s UT Austin housemate, Mark Seal. Mark is a well known writer for Vanity Fair, author of several books, one or more of which have been made into a movie.  The well known chronicler of music, Texan Joe Nick Patoski, has written an essay on Willie, Sir Doug Sahm and the Austin scene where we both arrived a long time ago (1970).  

Several other musicians will be involved in addition to people involved in the music business.  Bill Bentley, a musician and writer, moved from Austin to California and has worked in the music business for years, is contributing insights about many of the musicians and concerts we both attended in the mid 1970’s.  Bill’s work with artists like Merle Haggard and Neil Young plus many others provides a unique view. One of Eric Clapton’s people told me “Bill is a near legendary figure in the music business” and I agree.

The Grammy Museum PRIDE & JOY:THE TEXAS BLUES OF STEVIE RAY VAUGHN exhibit opened in Tulsa, OK March 31st, 2016 is traveling.  The exhibit will open at the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin on March 10th, 2017. The exhibit has multiple B/W and Color images of Watt’s from 1975-1990.