Sunday, March 16, 2014

The New Orleans Music Portrait Project

In January I began work on a project to document through studio portraits the musicians of New Orleans across every genre and style.  As a lifelong music lover, I'm spoiled to live in a city that produces such a wide spectrum of music, and I believe all of it deserves attention.  Although jazz, blues and R&B get the most press, there's also a rich culture of street music, rock and roll, bounce, hip hop, rap, folk, and brass band players, as well as experimental and electronic music.  I want to shine a spotlight on the people who make this music, one portrait at a time.

This is a completely independent project which I'm currently funding myself with my income from the commercial photography work I do.  For various considerations, I'm shooting this entire project on large format (4x5) film with a Calumet view camera, and medium format film with a Hasselblad.  I am developing and hand printing each photo in the darkroom, with digital and Polaroid/Fuji instant shots for reference. I intend this not to be merely a gallery of snapshots, but a collection of handcrafted, expressive portraits that convey something of the personality of each artist.

Below is a selection of images from the project, a mix of negative scans, contact prints, digital reference and Fuji instant film tests (the digital shots are here as placeholders until I have time to develop the film). I've already begun planning for gallery shows and will eventually produce a book of the photos with accompanying text about each artist. Over the course of 2014 I will photograph over 150 artists, from well established veterans to emerging new talent, with more added as musicians themselves make suggestions.  When completed, this will be an unparalleled document of a city's musical culture, and one which I believe will be of value for many years to come.

Delfeayo Marsalis, jazz producer and trombonist


Kristin Diable, singer/songwriter


Luke Winslow-King, singer/songwriter


Edward Anderson, jazz trumpeter


Alexandra Scott, singer/songwriter.  

Jamie Bernstein, producer and musician


Robin Barnes, singer

DJ Soul Sister

Maggie Koerner, singer/songwriter

Meschiya Lake, singer

Sunpie Barnes, accordionist

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Brennan Manuel


A couple of portraits of New Orleans-born clothing designer Brennan Manuel.  Shot on Fuji 3000b instant film with 4x5 view camera.  The left is a positive print, the right is the paper negative, reversed and contrast adjusted.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A simple portrait...

...from almost exactly one year ago.


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Matted art prints for sale



5x7 art prints from a recent show where I exhibited these pieces.  These are $25 matted.  Larger sizes are available, please inquire.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Andrew Ward - Polaroid portrait

I'd been wanting to shoot a portrait my friend Andrew in the theatrical lighting style of Yousuf Karsh for quite a while, and since he's moving away to Colorado I figured now was the time.  Writer, raconteur, scholar, leader of the Sufi Second Line (http://www.wahida.org/), and an occasional French Quarter tour guide, Andrew has a big personality and a mischievous spirit, but also a very serious side that he rarely lets anyone see.   My goal for this portrait was to capture that aspect of his personality.



Shot on Fuji 3000b black and white instant film with a 4x5 view camera.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Polaroid portraits

Alongside my digital and traditional film work, for the foreseeable future I'll be shooting portraits with instant film (both Polaroid and Fuji) using a 4x5 view camera.  This is a sampling of the work I've done recently with this medium.  Although the actual print of each of these is only 3.25 x 4.25, the resolution with the view camera is great enough to yield an 8x10 or larger print.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

St Charles Avenue magazine Holiday 2013





hair/makeup: Brandie Hopstein
model: Jhesika Menes
stylist: Lisa Tudor
photo assist: Robin Walker

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