In the weeks and months after Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, photographer Donn Young worked to document the disaster and its effect on the people of New Orleans. Young will show and talk about his work on Thursday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of Hill Memorial Library.
Young’s multi-media presentation shows the aftermath of the storm: a once vibrant city shrouded in darkness, the 9th Ward and the Lakeview neighborhood where he lived transformed into ghost towns. He introduces us to the hard-working, home-owning Americans who abruptly had no place to call home. He documents the effects on social structures – religion, health care, social services – as well as the civil liberties and civil rights of New Orleanians trying to return and rebuild. He will discuss the role and responsibility of the photographer as journalist and artist in the midst of the disaster and attempts to recover. Young’s post-Katrina work, as well as materials salvaged from the ruins of his Lakeview home and studio, are on display in Hill in the exhibition “After Katrina” through November 8.
A reception and exhibition viewing will follow Young’s presentation. This event is free and open to the public.