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Irish Channel, NOLA

Irish Channel, NOLA

A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE

I consider New Orleans to be the richest poor city in America.

So much of the culture that informs America was spawned there, and often comes from the depths of poverty and desperation. The Crescent City's strengths come from its pride, creativity, openness and its often gumbo-like sense of its own identity. While the city maintains many distinct and seperate cultures, the population, like many of the neighborhoods throughout the city, mix rich and poor, black and white and all the shades in between. Everyone regularly rubs elbows, both in life and in the myriad of cultural displays. The city and its surrounding parishes are rife with mystery, pageantry, squalor, decay, elegance and decadence. There is harmony and there is strife, there are celebrations of hope and a resignation of despair. It is a city that knows equally well how to fully live a life as well as how easy it is to take one. Despite, or perhaps because of, these factors I most agree with Jerry Lee Lewis' sentiment, "New Orleans, the land of dreams, The best place I have ever seen."

The photographs in this exhibition are a result of twenty years (so far) of wide-eyed wonder and fascination and love of this most amazing of American cities. For a city that is so hard to define, I have attempted to capture the cultural collage and the social symphony of the area in the tone and mood they inspire in me. I hope these images paint as broad a portrait of New Orleans as possible, in all it's permutations.

Bryce Lankard

New York City, 11/28/2005

Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Sho-bar, Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Sho-bar, Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Poydras St. NOLA

Poydras St. NOLA

Banquette, New Orleans, LA 1987

Banquette, New Orleans, LA 1987

The Economy New Orleans, LA 1988

The Economy New Orleans, LA 1988

Two kids on car in Central City New Orleans, LA 1987

Two kids on car in Central City New Orleans, LA 1987

Double dutch in the Irish Channel New Orleans, LA 1991

Double dutch in the Irish Channel New Orleans, LA 1991

Mardi Gras revelers, NOLA 1988

Mardi Gras revelers, NOLA 1988

Creole Wild West, indian practice at the Glass House, NOLA 1991

Creole Wild West, indian practice at the Glass House, NOLA 1991

Mardi Gras Indian Wild Man on Super Sunday New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardi Gras Indian Wild Man on Super Sunday New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardi Gras Indians and Second Line New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardi Gras Indians and Second Line New Orleans, LA 1989

Grits Pool Hall, Nola, 1993

Grits Pool Hall, Nola, 1993

Lady Linda and Tuba Fats in Jackson Square

Lady Linda and Tuba Fats in Jackson Square

Three French Quarter tappers New Orleans, LA 1991

Three French Quarter tappers New Orleans, LA 1991

Irish Channel kids New Orleans, LA 1991

Irish Channel kids New Orleans, LA 1991

Mourner at Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Mourner at Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Holt cemetery, NOLA

Holt cemetery, NOLA

St. Roch Altar wall New Orleans, La 1994

St. Roch Altar wall New Orleans, La 1994

Metarie Cemetery, Metarie, LA 1992

Metarie Cemetery, Metarie, LA 1992

St. Roch Altar, New Orleans, La 1994

St. Roch Altar, New Orleans, La 1994

getting dressed for Zulu parade

getting dressed for Zulu parade

putting on face paint for Zulu parade

putting on face paint for Zulu parade

On the Mississippi River levee. NOLA

On the Mississippi River levee. NOLA

broken down taxi, jackson square, nola

broken down taxi, jackson square, nola

Backstage at the Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 198

Backstage at the Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 198

Carnival Princesses, Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 1989

Carnival Princesses, Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 1989

Krewe members getting dressed, Caesar’s Ball New Orleans, LA 1989

Krewe members getting dressed, Caesar’s Ball New Orleans, LA 1989

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann on Fat Tuesday, NOLA

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann on Fat Tuesday, NOLA

NOPD silly string fight on Canal Street on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans, LA 1988

NOPD silly string fight on Canal Street on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans, LA 1988

Mardis Gras drag queen New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardis Gras drag queen New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardis Gras flasher, New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardis Gras flasher, New Orleans, LA 1989

Soldiers for Christ at Mardis Gras,New Orleans, LA 1989

Soldiers for Christ at Mardis Gras,New Orleans, LA 1989

Three Maskers on Frenchman Street New Orleans, La 1995

Three Maskers on Frenchman Street New Orleans, La 1995

Waiting for the parade to begin. NOLA

Waiting for the parade to begin. NOLA

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann Maskers at Mississippi River New Orleans, LA 1994

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann Maskers at Mississippi River New Orleans, LA 1994

Lone Masker in French Quarter alley. NOLA

Lone Masker in French Quarter alley. NOLA

Cueing for Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Cueing for Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Passing out Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Passing out Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Masked Flambeaux carriers, New Orleans, LA 1995

Masked Flambeaux carriers, New Orleans, LA 1995

Three flambeaux, New Orleans, La 1995

Three flambeaux, New Orleans, La 1995

Shoe tree, central city, NOLA

Shoe tree, central city, NOLA

Cabildo fire New Orleans, LA 1988

Cabildo fire New Orleans, LA 1988

Irish Channel, NOLA

A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE

I consider New Orleans to be the richest poor city in America.

So much of the culture that informs America was spawned there, and often comes from the depths of poverty and desperation. The Crescent City's strengths come from its pride, creativity, openness and its often gumbo-like sense of its own identity. While the city maintains many distinct and seperate cultures, the population, like many of the neighborhoods throughout the city, mix rich and poor, black and white and all the shades in between. Everyone regularly rubs elbows, both in life and in the myriad of cultural displays. The city and its surrounding parishes are rife with mystery, pageantry, squalor, decay, elegance and decadence. There is harmony and there is strife, there are celebrations of hope and a resignation of despair. It is a city that knows equally well how to fully live a life as well as how easy it is to take one. Despite, or perhaps because of, these factors I most agree with Jerry Lee Lewis' sentiment, "New Orleans, the land of dreams, The best place I have ever seen."

The photographs in this exhibition are a result of twenty years (so far) of wide-eyed wonder and fascination and love of this most amazing of American cities. For a city that is so hard to define, I have attempted to capture the cultural collage and the social symphony of the area in the tone and mood they inspire in me. I hope these images paint as broad a portrait of New Orleans as possible, in all it's permutations.

Bryce Lankard

New York City, 11/28/2005

Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Sho-bar, Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 1987

Poydras St. NOLA

Banquette, New Orleans, LA 1987

The Economy New Orleans, LA 1988

Two kids on car in Central City New Orleans, LA 1987

Double dutch in the Irish Channel New Orleans, LA 1991

Mardi Gras revelers, NOLA 1988

Creole Wild West, indian practice at the Glass House, NOLA 1991

Mardi Gras Indian Wild Man on Super Sunday New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardi Gras Indians and Second Line New Orleans, LA 1989

Grits Pool Hall, Nola, 1993

Lady Linda and Tuba Fats in Jackson Square

Three French Quarter tappers New Orleans, LA 1991

Irish Channel kids New Orleans, LA 1991

Mourner at Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994

Holt cemetery, NOLA

St. Roch Altar wall New Orleans, La 1994

Metarie Cemetery, Metarie, LA 1992

St. Roch Altar, New Orleans, La 1994

getting dressed for Zulu parade

putting on face paint for Zulu parade

On the Mississippi River levee. NOLA

broken down taxi, jackson square, nola

Backstage at the Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 198

Carnival Princesses, Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 1989

Krewe members getting dressed, Caesar’s Ball New Orleans, LA 1989

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann on Fat Tuesday, NOLA

NOPD silly string fight on Canal Street on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans, LA 1988

Mardis Gras drag queen New Orleans, LA 1989

Mardis Gras flasher, New Orleans, LA 1989

Soldiers for Christ at Mardis Gras,New Orleans, LA 1989

Three Maskers on Frenchman Street New Orleans, La 1995

Waiting for the parade to begin. NOLA

Mystic Krewe of St. Ann Maskers at Mississippi River New Orleans, LA 1994

Lone Masker in French Quarter alley. NOLA

Cueing for Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Passing out Flambeaux, NOLA 1995

Masked Flambeaux carriers, New Orleans, LA 1995

Three flambeaux, New Orleans, La 1995

Shoe tree, central city, NOLA

Cabildo fire New Orleans, LA 1988

Irish Channel, NOLA
Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 1987
Sho-bar, Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 1987
Poydras St. NOLA
Banquette, New Orleans, LA 1987
The Economy New Orleans, LA 1988
Two kids on car in Central City New Orleans, LA 1987
Double dutch in the Irish Channel New Orleans, LA 1991
Mardi Gras revelers, NOLA 1988
Creole Wild West, indian practice at the Glass House, NOLA 1991
Mardi Gras Indian Wild Man on Super Sunday New Orleans, LA 1989
Mardi Gras Indians and Second Line New Orleans, LA 1989
Grits Pool Hall, Nola, 1993
Lady Linda and Tuba Fats in Jackson Square
Three French Quarter tappers New Orleans, LA 1991
Irish Channel kids New Orleans, LA 1991
Mourner at Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994
Jazz Funeral for Danny Barker New Orleans, LA 1994
Holt cemetery, NOLA
St. Roch Altar wall New Orleans, La 1994
Metarie Cemetery, Metarie, LA 1992
St. Roch Altar, New Orleans, La 1994
getting dressed for Zulu parade
putting on face paint for Zulu parade
On the Mississippi River levee. NOLA
broken down taxi, jackson square, nola
Backstage at the Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 198
Carnival Princesses, Krewe of Caesar Ball, New Orleans, La 1989
Krewe members getting dressed, Caesar’s Ball New Orleans, LA 1989
Mystic Krewe of St. Ann on Fat Tuesday, NOLA
NOPD silly string fight on Canal Street on Fat Tuesday. New Orleans, LA 1988
Mardis Gras drag queen New Orleans, LA 1989
Mardis Gras flasher, New Orleans, LA 1989
Soldiers for Christ at Mardis Gras,New Orleans, LA 1989
Three Maskers on Frenchman Street New Orleans, La 1995
Waiting for the parade to begin. NOLA
Mystic Krewe of St. Ann Maskers at Mississippi River New Orleans, LA 1994
Lone Masker in French Quarter alley. NOLA
Cueing for Flambeaux, NOLA 1995
Passing out Flambeaux, NOLA 1995
Masked Flambeaux carriers, New Orleans, LA 1995
Three flambeaux, New Orleans, La 1995
Shoe tree, central city, NOLA
Cabildo fire New Orleans, LA 1988