The 2016 Michael P. Smith Photographer of the Year
The rawness of his images, combined with his unvarnished commentary, provide a holistic sense of what it looked and felt like to be in New Orleans during this time. In the chaos of response and recovery, it is often possible to overlook the small visual details that David’s work so expertly captures: a staircase leading to a vanished home, an abandoned gymnasium, an empty mailbox. In The Katrina Decade, David has captured the essence of hope and despair in his powerful pictures of Katrina’s devastation. But he has never put his Leica down, because he knows that after ten years the recovery of his beloved city is both amazing and incomplete. The result is this poignant portrait of rebirth and blight, perfect for an artist who’s a master of black and white.
President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
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