This is a photo essay that began in my mind when I lived in the Bywater and would bike by the door to this barber shop. Its obvious age and its position at an angle to the street intrigued me. A few weeks ago, I finally went to see if I could take some pictures. Michael Williamson gave me some wonderful suggestions on how to improve the work, and here is the result. I owe many thanks to the graciousness and patience of Nat Williams and Michael Butler, in particular, who let me hover around their chairs as they worked, but also to those who let me photograph them: Steven Portis, Andrea Washington, Wayne Wright, Kevin Morgan, Elijah Rashid, Alex Williams, Darryl “Twin” Sullivan, and Laura Mosely.
I’ve spent several weeks photographing the folks in a 7th Ward barber shop. The door cuts into the corner of the building, a design not uncommon in New Orleans, and from there one can observe the intersection of St. Claude Avenue, Henriette Delille Street and St. Anthony. This is my first essay from the project and features the patrons’ feet as they sit on the barber’s chair.
These are a few photos I took on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Brighton Beach, UK.
- boys on sea wall (800x536)
- Roll Up (800x536)
- Carousel horse and sun (536x800)
- ladies dancing (536x800)
- shoes gettin' down (800x536)
This is a piece that I began working on in early March after a forum on public education and parent involvement organized by New America Media. I’m very grateful to all the people who provided information and insight for this article.
Last fall, my friend, Ben Varadi, told me about this monthly music and education event for the hip-hop community in New Orleans. This winter I went to one of the events organized by Wild Wayne and Sess Four-Five. The result is this story that aired on the Marketplace Morning Report in April. The segment starts at about 4:35 into the show.
- Willie and his mandolin
- Bluegrass circle at the Hi-Ho People gather every Monday at the Hi-Ho to play bluegrass. They bring violins, guitars, mandolins, cellos, and other instruments.
- Women guitarists
- Smiling Guitar Player
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans held a rally last week in front of Ben Franklin High School to protest the lack of free transportation for students coming from the East. I covered the event for The Louisiana Weekly.