Brain Pickings: Best Photography Books of 2011

We are honored that Maria Popova of Brain Pickings included Hurricane Story in her year end list:
The 11 Best Photography Books of 2011.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 101 books for gift giving

Jim Higgins, book editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, offers 101 suggestions of books to give as gifts (or to yourself), this holiday season. Hurricane Story is featured under the category “Visually Interesting Works.”

See the list here.

RISD XYZ Features Hurricane Story

The Rhode Island School of Design alumni magazine, RISD XYZ, selected Hurricane Story as a “new and notable” publication in their Fall 2011 Issue, which focuses on “The Beauty of Books.” See it on pages 8-9.

A Photo Editor Book Review

In his weekly feature on A Photo Editor, “This Week in Photography Books,” contributor Jonathan Blaustein weighs in on Hurricane Story: “It’s lovely, witty, poignant and original. Definitely a book you want to have in your collection.” Read the entire review here.

Louisiana State Museum Exhibition

It was nice to have a distraction. - Jennifer Shaw, 2006

“Hurricane Story,” an exhibit of photographs by Jennifer Shaw, opens at the Louisiana State Museum on Oct. 21. With twenty vivid images, Shaw narrates her experience during Hurricane Katrina. Told in vignettes created of toys, carefully lit and captured with a modified Holga camera—itself more of a toy than the choice of a professional photographer such as Shaw—the compositions alternate between the whimsical and the deadly serious. The exhibit opens on Oct. 21 at The Presbytere, located in the French Quarter on Jackson Square, and will be on view through March, 2012.

Hurricane Story | Jennifer Shaw
October 21, 2011- March 2012
The Presbytere, Louisiana State Museum
1st Floor Special Exhibition Gallery

Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011; $18) is available
Friends of the Cabildo Gift Shop, or by calling 504-523-3939

Hurricane Story Reviewed in Square Magazine

Issue 2.3 of Square Magazine (UK) features a review of Hurricane Story by editor in chief Christophe Dillinger, along with a multi-page spread of images from the book.

“…forget about heavy symbolism and flashy sensationalism, the kind of stuff everybody does. Go straight for the heart. Jennifer Shaw’s new book, Hurricane Story, does just that.”
– Christophe Dillinger

You can find the full review on page 69, or read it in French on page 71. Be sure to enjoy all of the other great work in the issue!

FATHOM Interview

Jeralyn Gerba, editor of the spunky new online travel site, FATHOM, interviewed Jen about Hurricane Story, life in New Orleans and more. Read the interview here.

Stella Kramer on Hurricane Story

In a follow up to the In The Loupe TV discussion of Hurricane Story, Stella Kramer shares her thoughts on the aesthetic choices that went into the making of the book.

“One of the things I like the most about this book is how much care and thought was put into the size and look of the book. It is a small jewel, and everything works to further the quality of the book.”

Thanks, Stella! Read the article here.

Susan Burnstine Interviews Jennifer Shaw

Fine art photographer and journalist Susan Burnstine interviewed Jennifer Shaw today on her news blog, underexposed. She chats with Jen about the photographs from Hurricane Story, her stories behind the project and much more. Read the interview here!

“New Orleans based photographer Jennifer Shaw is one of those brave artists who has found a way to transform painful, tragic memories into art.” —Susan Burnstine

HTMLGIANT Features Hurricane Story

HTMLGIANT contributor Roxane Gay posted a wonderful piece featuring Hurricane Story today, showcasing several photographs from the book:

Shaw’s take is unique both in the spareness she uses to write of her family’s ordeal and because of her stunning photography of children’s toys to depict that experience–blurry, almost surreal, full color images stretching off every page—an interesting contrast to so many of the post-Katrina images to which we have become accustomed.”

Her post also mentions another Chin Music Press title, Where We Know: New Orleans As Home as another great book to learn about New Orleans long after the Hurricane Katrina coverage has faded. Read the post here.