Their Stories: The Soul of New Orleans Workshop

Photo by John McCusker | New Orleans Times-Picayune

Five years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and sending photojournalists from around the world to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to document the damage and tell the stories of the people reeling from the hurricane. Today, we hope to educate and facilitate 20 young photographers so they can continue telling their stories

Even though New Orleans is still recovering, that same soul, sprit and life that embodied the Crescent City before the hurricane continues to live on in its residents.

As part of the Telling Their Stories photography exhibit, 20 photographers will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with some of the photojournalists that told the stories of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in a photography workshop on Friday, Aug. 20.

The workshop is free and open to those interested from ages 13 to 18. Equipment and meals will be provided for the one-day event.

Telling Their Stories: The Soul of New Orleans Workshop is designed to promote storytelling of a people and culture in the Crescent City in the years after Hurricane Katrina. The workshop will encourage students to document and reveal the unbroken soul of the city through its people, places and landmarks through still photography and multi-media storytelling.

To apply for this free workshop, contact us at or by calling Johnny Hanson at 713-703-7708.

About The Project

When photographers converged on the convention center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a survivor cried out, "Thank God, the press is here.”

Her words expressed a sentiment that characterizes the storytelling and relationships between the people of the Gulf Coast and the media that developed in the months that followed.

On Thursday, August 19, a juried exhibit of Katrina imagery opened at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art coinciding with the 5-year anniversary of the disaster.

The exhibit, and a program of workshops and seminars explore the past, present and future of visual storytelling of Gulf Coast disasters.

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