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Wallace Merritt

Photographer Wallace Merritt's black-and-white images, whether still life or portrait, carry the high drama of film noir framing and lighting.

Wallace Merritt

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Whether still life, portrait, or “history”—in which a found photographic print is photographed again in a new context—Wallace Merritt’s black-and-white photographs always convey a sense of mystery, teasing the viewer with an unfinished narrative begging to be investigated. Merritt came to New Orleans as a student in 1981. Since then, he has called the city his home, working as both a photographer and instructor. Merritt’s more recent work has focused on smaller, more detailed subjects. His portraits give a deep sense of physical familiarity and intimacy with his subjects, sustaining their gaze on shoulders, breasts, and biceps, while his still-life work carries the high drama of film noir framing and lighting.

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