Dave Anderson on One Block
Photographer Dave Anderson‘s recently released book One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds is a powerful portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through the prism of a single city block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Using portraiture and still lifes, Anderson explores the very nature of community while testing its resilience.
In the below edited interview Anderson offers a behind the scenes look at the project that took four years to complete. ”There were some wonderful people on the block and I became invested in them almost immediately” says Anderson as he discusses how his relationship with his subjects shaped the work. View Anderson introduce and tell the story of key images from the project and the people depicted within them.
On the fifth anniversary of Katrina join Anderson and the residents of One Block as Aperture, Oxford American, and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans host a block party on the block where Anderson. The party will feature local cuisine and musical performances by Rebirth Brass Band and Little Freddie King and will celebrate the resilience of these residents and the power of community.
An accompanying exhibition of Anderson’s photographs will open at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.