Ken Hoge

Ken Hoge began working as a music journalist while attending The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied under Gary Winogrand and J. B. Colson, obtaining a degree in Radio, Television and Film in 1977.

Hoge began his professional photography career as a music journalist during his years as a student at the University of Texas at Austin. As a freelance and staff photographer for the Austin Sun he covered the Austin music scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s. At that time Austin was just beginning to enjoy an international reputation as a cultural “Third Coast”. A phenomenal mix of musical styles was co-existing in Austin: country, progressive country, folk, world, blues, jazz, punk, new wave, progressive rock, rock and roll, rockabilly, humor/parody, etc., etc. Hoge captured on film hundreds of performances featuring these varied styles at venues like the famous Armadillo World Headquarters, Soap Creek Saloon, Raul’s, Antone’s Blues Club and more.

His subjects range from blues artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King to county icons like Willie Nelson and Charlie Daniels; from punk pioneers like the Ramones, Patty Smith and the Sex Pistols to rockers as diverse as Neil Young and Frank Zappa. He photographed many Texas music stars such as Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm, Johnny Winter, Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Marsha Ball, Butch Hancock, Kinky Friedman and many others.

In the 1981s, Hoge switched gears and began working as a medical photographer, documenting research into artificial hearts and heart transplantation. His photographs have been published in many magazines, newspapers, books, albums and documentary films. He currently lives in Houston, Texas where he enjoys living in the Houston Heights neighborhood and working in multimedia communications.

Selected publications:


  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, Caught in the Crossfire by Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford, 1993
  • Stevie Ray, Soul to Soul by Keri Leigh, 1993
  • Never the Same Again by Jesse Sublett, 2004
  • All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music by Michael Corcoran, 2005
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, Day by Day, Night by Night by Craig Hopkins, 2008
  • The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology by Austin Powell, Doug Freeman (2011, U of Texas Press)
  • Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations by David Ensminger (2011, University of Mississippi Press)


  • Trust Us by Uranium Savages, 1979
  • Washarama by The Judy’s, 1981
  • Danger Boy by Jeff Walton, 1983
  • Live at the Palladium 1979 by The Huns, 1995
  • Girls Go Wild (reissue) by The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 2001
  • Blues at Sunrise by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (Cover photo) Sony Records, 2000
  • SRV Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble CD/DVD Box Set (Booklet) Sony Records, 2000


  • VH1 Legends: Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1997
  • Antone’s, Home of the Blues, 2005
  • For the Sake of the Song (the Anderson Fair Story), 2010


  • Rehearsals For The Apocalypse: The Austin Sun Years 1974- 1978, South Austin Popular Culture Center, 2010
  • We’re So Pretty: 35 Anniversary of Sex Pistols’ January 1978 San Antonio Show, South Texas Popular Culture Center, 2013
  • This Is the Life: Austin Music Scene of the Late 1970s – Early 1980s, Art Car Museum, Fotofest 2014
  • Ken Hoge: Man on a Mission, South Austin Popular Culture Center, 2014

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