Dallas Morning News staff photographer Tom Fox at work on the Austin BBQ Tour.
(Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

When you’re on the road with the Texas BBQ Posse, it’s kind of like being in the middle of a media storm. The Posse is mainly made up of Dallas Morning News writers, editors, photojournalists and their friends. Yes, we have been accused before of being the BBQ paparazzi.

On the recent Austin BBQ Tour we had nine journalists and artists in the group, including five photographers. One of those was award-winning DMN staff photographer Tom Fox.

Tom has captured numerous major awards in our industry, including being part of DMN team who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for photo coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Here’s a DMN photo blog post he wrote just yesterday about shooting a historic photo of the five living Presidents at the Bush Library dedication on Thursday.

He approaches every assignment with curiosity and a drive to tell the story in a unique way. Photographing the Texas barbecue trail is no exception.

When we got to Franklin Barbecue two hours before it opened on a recent Wednesday, I could see his creative gears turning. On our previous visit in February for the Best in Texas BBQ Tour, had climbed up a light pole to give us an elevated look at the legendary line at Franklin’s.

Been there, done that. It was time for another approach for Tom. He rigged up a monopod along with a radio-controlled remote trigger to fire his camera and went to work, giving us yet another remarkable look at the line at Franklin BBQ.

Click here to see Tom’s photo of the line and a slideshow of his photos from the Austin BBQ Tour.

Also, you can join us for an online chat about the Austin BBQ Tour at 1pm-2pm on Monday, April 29th. Click here for the link to the chat on dallasnews.com.

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