Photographer, writer and musician Todd Jagger grew up in Austin and has lived in Fort Davis, Texas for the last 28 years. His work has been published widely, including by National Geographic Books and it has appeared in Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, as well as Richard Bangs’s Whitewater Adventure (Thunder Bay, 1990) and Richard Fisher’s National Parks of Northern Mexico (Sunracer Publications, 1994). His photographs have been exhibited at at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, the Museo del Arte in Juárez, Chihuahua, the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Adair Margo Gallery in El Paso, and many other galleries and exhibitions. Todd’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, the El Camino Real National Heritage Center in Socorro, New Mexico, and the collection of Hoteles Camino Real of México, as well as in many private collections.
As a musician, Jagger won an Austin Music Award with the Austin Lounge Lizards and he has recorded two Top 20 roots albums with the Border Blasters. He has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Strawberry Festival in California, and the Austin Old Settlers Festival, has toured Russia on a cultural performance tour, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage.” He hosted the “KRTS Border Blast Revue” for four years on KRTS, Marfa Public Radio and also served on its founding Regional Advisory Board. Jagger conceived of and was music producer for the short-lived but critically acclaimed “Harvest Moon & Tunes Festival” in Fort Davis, TX, bringing an impressive roster of musicians to perform in the small West Texas town including The Dixie Chicks (twice), Johnny Gimble’s Texas Playboy Reunion (featuring all the living Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys at the time), Guy Clark, Peter Rowan, Brave Combo (twice), Santiago Jimenez Jr., Don Walser, Asleep at the Wheel, CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band, and more.
As a business entrepreneur Jagger brought the Internet to the Big Bend/Davis Mountains by founding The Overland Network, the first Internet services company in the Big Bend/Davis Mountains area. He served on the Board of the Texas ISP Association and later was President of the non-profit Fort Davis Community Network. Other business endeavors in Fort Davis include the Paisano Gallery (art, photographs and indigenous crafts from Mexico), and Tra le Stelle, an Italian style gelateria & espresso bar, also serving handmade pizzas & paninis.
As a political reformer and Texas State Director for Wolf-PAC, Todd was instrumental in passing the first state legislation in the history of the United States calling for a national convention to propose a Free & Fair Elections Amendment to the U.S. Constitution addressing our national system of campaign finance.
In 2018 Todd was elected Jeff Davis County Commissioner for Precinct 2 and served until 2023.
You can usually find him with a coffee cup in his hand.
Love to speak with you about the Marfa Lights
My maiden name is Kirby. I’m wondering if you are the son of Mavis and Sid. If you are, we were neighbors in Arlington, VA and our mothers stayed lifelong friends. My family visited yours in Austin after you moved there, if I have the right Todd Jagger!