New Orleans Panel Discussion: The Culture of Capture and Collaboration. A community Converstation with New Orleans photographers and Culture Bearers / by Zack Smith

This event is FREE and OPEN to the Public.

938 Lafayette St at the Corner of O'Keefe in the New Orleans Central Business District.

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As a photographer living in the greatest city in the world, there is no place I would rather be. I have been documenting the unique music and culture of New Orleans since I permanently moved here in the fall of 2000. Originally from Lafayette, I am no stranger to unique cultures and the power they bring to the storyline of a unique city. As a photographer in New Orleans I feel a strong sense of responsibility with the images I make and the relationships I make. I need to make sure I show the music, the street, the Indians and the clubs in the best light and make sure I give back in any way I can.

In this age of a rapidly evolving technology  that allows us to document every moment and minute of our lives I feel it is the photographers and culture bearers of this great city to form stronger relationships so that we can BOTH tell the story of this great city in a way that fosters trust, respect, and responsibility. That is why I, along with Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine, have put together a panel discussion with New Orleans photographers and culture bearers to discuss these topics and more. I am asking YOU the informed and passionate public to discuss how we as a community of artists and documenters can move forward, in a way unprecedented, to work as a team united to foster new relationships in creating a trusted dialogue so that photographers can share images, and artists can use these images without any misunderstanding.

I have invited photographers Eric Waters and Erika Goldring, along with Big Chief Juan Pardo and musician and producer Voice Monet to begin the discussion with me...and you the public to help us bring some action to the ideas. This discussion will be moderated by Vice President of Content at the LEH, Brian Boyles.

We are very excited to have Louisiana Pizza Kitchen providing some eats!