After Katrina: Destroy this Memory
After Katrina: Destroy this Memory is a memorable photo-essay by photographer Richard Misrach. Just after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005, Misrach used a 4-megapixel pocket camera to capture messages left behind by evacuees. Some are warnings; some are cries for help or encouragement; some are tallies of loss.
“The rescue workers and the people that lived there themselves…wrote these things. I felt like it was their voice,” said Misrach. “I just felt that it was important to have their words as much as possible.” Don’t look for an essay: the only text is what evacuees, or the people searching for them, left on their houses, businesses, fences and abandoned vehicles. The messages mourn victims (“RIP ZACK”), offer news of survivors (“LISA + DONNIE R OK”), warn those with bad intentions (“Looters will BE SHOT”) and alert rescue workers (“Possible Body”). At times, they also offer humor (“ELVIS HAS LEFT THE HOUSE”), political commentary (“YEP, BROWNIE. YOU DID A HECK OF A JOB”) and hope (“Keep The Faith. We Will Rebuild”).
Richard Misrach: Destroy this Memory
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