Photographing Large Events/Mardi Gras With Stan Strembicki

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Photographing Large Events/Mardi Gras With Stan Strembicki
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International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum says
For the past 25 years I’ve photographed Mardi Gras in New Orleans, an event that is often described as the world biggest free party. The event is more than a big parade that passes thru the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday to the delight of the drunken and often topless crowds. No Mardi Gras is much more than that. It’s over 70 parades that happen throughout the surrounding area and often reflects issues of race, class, social status and the rich history of the area.

As a photographer how do you make sense of it all? Where do you begin and what manner of technical and conceptual approaches should you use? In this lecture I hope to answer some of those questions and speak to the biggest question of all, when are you ever done?

Stan Strembicki’s work is exhibited widely in the USA and Europe, and is part of major collections and museums in the Midwest and southern United States. He has a long history with the city of New Orleans, having first visited the city in 1984. He has photographed the last 24 Mardi Gras events in New Orleans and in 1996 lived in the French Quarter during a sabbatical leave. His work in Post Katrina New Orleans began 30 days after the hurricane hit the city and continues to this day. His current work in the wetlands of the Louisiana Gulf coast overlapped with the BP oil spill in ironic similarity to his work in New Orleans.
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By: International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

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