A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds.
Photographs by Dave Anderson. Text by Chris Rose.
Aperture, 2010. 144 pp., 100 color illustrations, 8¾x9".
American photographer Dave Anderson’s One
Block follows the reconstruction of a single New
Orleans block in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,
delivering a powerful portrait of the storm’s
ongoing physical and psychological impact on
the city and its residents. Using portraiture, still
lifes and abstract images, Anderson documents
the evolution of both the street and its houses
as residents literally rebuild their lives, exploring
the very nature of community while testing its
resilience. Anderson’s compassionate treatment
of the neighborhood’s straitened financial circumstances
and its courageous reconstruction
has drawn comparisons to coverage of the
Great Depression by Dorothea Lange,Walker
Evans and other Farm Security Administrationfunded
photographers. Seventy years later,
between the devastation left by Katrina and the
current housing crisis, the stability and permanence
of the American home are once again in
jeopardy, lending Anderson’s record a heightened,
timely pertinence. One Block is an extension
of Anderson’s optimistic belief that the
good within each of us is what unites us, as
well as his hope that this commonality will
afford us the grace to both endure and emerge
from our current turmoil.
Read Ellen Rennard's review of One Block in photo-eye Magazine.
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