A photo of mine from Hurricane Katrina has been accepted to be in the “Telling Their Stories” exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans next week. There’s an opening on Thursday, August 19, a lecture the following day and a seminar on Saturday. I hope you can make it if you happen to be in New Orleans (check the schedule of events here).
This appears to be a nice event, but unfortunately it looks like its more about the photographers who made the pictures rather than the subjects of the pictures. I will say that the educational program is an outstanding thing to do and takes a lot of energy from everybody involved. I’m really not sure New Orleans with ever get out of the shadow of Katrina. It seems like it will always be remembered as a turning point or marker of history for the city. I wonder if these events, largely put on by outsiders of the community, reinforce Katrina’s wrath or help heal the wounds it left behind. Will we ever get over it?
It’s hard to believe the 5 year anniversary of Katrina is 2 weeks away. If you’re interested, please have a look at the work I did in Hancock County Mississippi during Katrina and the 5 year anniversary project that I am continuing to work on.
I’m planning on posting some photos next week from a shoot I did with a CEO of a computer chip company for the New York Times Monday Business section and another shoot for the Guardian Weekend Magazine in London. Stay tuned…
ps: If you’re looking for something to do, find you’re nearest theater and go see Restrepo. It’s Tim Hetherington‘s new film from time he spent in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne in the Korangal Valley. It’s hard to watch, but absolutely worth it. I’m glad there are people dedicating themselves to this type of work that we all learn and benefit from.