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

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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"The complex emotions that are released in us when we dwell in Alt’s photographs mirror the responses that she observed in the people whom she accompanied in the ‘Look and Leave’ program and then experienced for herself in follow-up visits. If we are attuned to these images, it is inevitable that they will evoke in us reflections on times when parts of our own material selves were devastated and destroyed, how we grieved and remembered, how we loved and raged and sorrowed and even laughed with irony."—Michael A. Weinstein, coauthor of Data Trash: The Theory of Virtual Class

"In Look and Leave, Jane Fulton Alt turns the human heart into a shutter lens. Her photographs and stories of the men, women, and families brought into New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward for a first look at the ruin and spoil of their homes is a pointed, quiet celebration of worthy lives, unbowed by devastation. These pictures will stay inside your heart and remind you how photographs can be, as a little girl sings through her surgical mask, 'This little light of mine.'"—Scott Simon, National Public Radio

"The most photogenic disaster in American history since the Civil War was met by photographers with an averted gaze, precisely because it was so photogenic. Alt realized, however, that photogeny is destiny, and she photographed the catastrophe the way it called for: photogenically. Brilliant head-on gazes at what was crying out there gave her camera a direct pass into the underworld of tragic beauty that was the storm. The pictures are the Destroyer’s official portraits."—Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess

"Once you call New Orleans home, she never leaves your soul. Her flavors, textures, sights, sounds, and, most importantly, her people live and breathe in the heart of every person lucky enough to know that special magic. Jane Fulton Alt’s photos and stories remind us all to rebuild and rejoice."—Chef Emeril Lagasse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930066915
  • Publisher: The Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • 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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Table of Contents


Preface ix

The Emotive Document by Michael A. Weinstein 3

Photographs and Stories 7

Miss Victoria 13

The Reverend and His Wife 21

Samantha 37

The Nurse 49

The Nameless Woman 55

Inch by Inch 63

On Jasmine and Recovery 71

Acknowledgments 79

About the Author and the Essayist 81

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    This is an intense photo journalistic look at what remains of Ne

    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.

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