NolaVie: A Journey In Photographs

NolaVie: A Journey In Photographs

Many thanks to NolaVie for sharing Hurricane Story on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. See the feature, written by Elizabeth Kukla, here.



Chin Music Press is releasing an eBook version of Hurricane Story in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Katrina. The digital version, beautifully translated by Tina Henderson, is enhanced with a few new features making use of the digital platform. There is an interactive table of contents, an audio interview by Susan Larson for WWNO’s […]

Athens Photo Festival

Athens Photo Festival

THE PHOTOBOOK SHOW Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece Hurricane Story is included in a selection of over 370 international photobooks displayed at the Benaki Museum as part of the main program of the Athens Photo Festival 2015. The theme of the 2015 festival is Reframe Memory, exploring the impact of photography in its most expanded form […]

Books, j’adore Review

Thanks to Maria Mankin for the nice review of Hurricane Story on her site, Books, j’adore. “Shaw’s book added another dimension to my perspective of the city. I finally got to read about the hurricane nine years ago through the eyes of an artist, rather than a reporter.” Read the full article here.

Hurricane Story at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta

The fine line between meaningful art and disaster porn

In late August 2005, the levees on the canals south of Lake Pontchartrain gave way and plunged New Orleans into the contemporary art world. If that sounds like a creepy thing to say, it’s not my idea. New Orleans gallery owner Arthur Roger and others told the Christian Science Monitor last year how the storm yanked New Orleans artists into a conversation with the world outside the Mississippi Delta as never before, prompting new art that was less insular and somehow more globally relevant. Brad Pitt showed up with his pink houses, and curator Dan Cameron launched Prospect.1, a citywide art biennial cut from the cloth of the Venice Biennale. Nearly overnight, the city joined the list of nationally significant art destinations.

Flood Borne

It’s hardly a secret that there are differences between reality and photography, yet some of those differences can still be a little surprising. Take dolls and toys. In the real world, dolls and toys ” but especially dolls ” are usually associated with the soft, fuzzy world of childhood innocence. In art photography, their history has long been darker and snarkier if not downright cynical, a tradition that harks back to at least the Dadaists and surrealists if not further.

Labor of Love

Shaw, now 35, and husband Cesar Sousa hit the road the day before the storm struck, making their way to a hotel in southern Alabama before stopping for the night. Shaw was pregnant, due on Sept. 2. She intended to have natural childbirth. A friend put her in touch with a midwife near Huntsville, Ala., just in case the baby came sooner than expected. Which, of course, it did.

You Tube Video Interview

You Tube Video Interview of Jennifer Shaw by Times Picayune Art Critic Doug McCash