New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy
by Cheryl Gerber
Bronze Medalist in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the category "South: Non-Fiction."
New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture--its contrasts, dichotomies, and social ironies, the things that make the city so richly diverse and distinctive--as seen through the lens of photojournalist Cheryl Gerber.
The book opens with Gerber's shots of her hometown's local color, showing how everyday New Orleanians live and how they celebrate life through Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, second lines, and more. The images then take a more serious turn as they depict the inequalities that sometimes make living in New Orleans so difficult. The book closes with photos depicting the way New Orleanians observe, mourn, and celebrate death. Besides images of jazz funerals, the photos include vigils for slain rapper Magnolia Shorty and Archbishop Philip Hannan, among others.
New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy is a visual insider's tour of modern New Orleans and its people.
About the Author
Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. In 1992, she began working for Michael P. Smith, who nurtured her desire to document daily life in New Orleans. Today, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine, and has been staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.
Softcover, 232 pp., ©2015