The double opening of Outlands: Land Over Time and One Block last Saturday night was fun and full and energizing. It’s exciting to kick off the fall Atlanta Celebrates Photography season with two super strong shows.
Doubly exciting at this double opening was the arrival of Dave Anderson in the ATL. I first met Dave last year in New Orleans where his One Block work was being exhibited at the Ogden Museum for the 5th anniversary of Katrina. I was in town for PhotoNOLA, and several photo peeps were hanging out in the hotel bar after one of the evening events. I was introduced to Dave as he was standing in a large crystal chandelier that hung to the floor, taking pictures of himself with his iphone. It was love at first sight.
One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds is an incredible body of work. After Hurricane Katrina, Dave Anderson spent three years repeatedly photographing a single block in the Holy Cross section of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, following both the obvious physical rebuilding of the homes as well as the evolving psychological state of its residents.
These photographs were published in a monograph by Aperture last year, and Dave did a book signing with Fall Line prior to the opening. He then gave a great talk where he discussed the project and his experiences photographing in New Orleans (video coming soon).