Many view Eric Waters' photography as a commitment to the preservation of New Orleans' African American culture.
New Orleans’ tradition of Mardi Gras Indians hand-sewing and wearing vibrant beaded and feathered “new suits,” and the similarly culturally ingrained second-line parades, feed photographer Eric Waters’ commitment to the preservation of the city’s African-American culture. While a student of the respected photojournalist Marion Porter, Waters determined early in life that he would adopt an insider’s perspective on African-American cultures. Most of Waters’ pre-2005 photographs were lost in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures.
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