Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories from New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward

Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories from New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward

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by Jane Fulton Alt
     
 

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As a participant in New Orleans’s “Look and Leave” program, Jane Fulton Alt accompanied Lower Ninth Ward residents back to their homes for the first time since fleeing Hurricane Katrina. Alt’s photographs and stories reflect the intense drama of the epic loss this community endured while highlighting lasting hope and inspiration. It is

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As a participant in New Orleans’s “Look and Leave” program, Jane Fulton Alt accompanied Lower Ninth Ward residents back to their homes for the first time since fleeing Hurricane Katrina. Alt’s photographs and stories reflect the intense drama of the epic loss this community endured while highlighting lasting hope and inspiration. It is through Alt’s social worker’s compassion and keen photographer’s eye that we are given a better understanding of what it meant to be a resident of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

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Largely populated working-class African Americans, New Orleans' historic Ninth Ward has long been economically troubled, but the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina brought unprecedented devastation. Indeed, no other part of the Gulf region suffered such near complete destruction. Jane Fulton Alt's photographs of residents returning show that crushing physical ruin, but perhaps even more important, document the human costs these brave people continue to pay as the rest of the nation moves on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930066915
Publisher:
The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago
Publication date:
09/25/2009
Series:
Center Books on the American South Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Fulton Alt began actively exploring the visual arts while pursuing her career as a clinical social worker. She has studied art and photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and the Evanston Art Center, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work can be found in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Yale University's Beinecke Library. Find out more about Alt and her work at www.janefultonalt.com.

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Look and Leave: Photographs and Stories from New Orleans's Lower Ninth Ward 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an intense photo journalistic look at what remains of New Orlean's Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina. From a sociologist's perspective, it is a heart-wrenching look at neighborhood destroyed not only by the forces of nature but by the lack of resources that would allow its occupants to rebuild and move forward. This is a beautiful book for the coffee table that is certain to initiate some good conversation about the plight of humanity.