San Antonio alternative weekly The Current reviewed Hurricane Story today in conjunction with the photographs from the book currently on display as a signature exhibit at the FOTOSEPTIEMBRE International Photography Festival:
“Photographs of children’s toys threw yet another fatiguing stain of kitsch into the cultural wash over the last decade, but a stunning exception is Jennifer Shaw’s use of plastic action figures in “Hurricane Story,” her memoir of two month’s flight and survival after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans….Unlike the majority of Katrina stories, which have portrayed the storm’s ruin of New Orleans or reflected on the lack of support to rebuild the city, Shaw’s narrative is told in circular form. As in fables and fairytales, her story is filled with almost unbelievable challenges, but the tale concludes with a beginning. After chaos and loss, a new cycle begins.”
Read the full review here, and if you’re near San Antonio, be sure to check out all forty-six photographs from Hurricane Story on display through October 24 as part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE at the Instituto Cultural de México. This is the first time that all of the photographs have been displayed together!