It’s the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and if you’ve been to the Fairgrounds this year, you probably know the work of Gus Bennett – this week’s subject of the Photo Crusades. Inside the Cultural Exchange Pavilion hang near life size prints of Gus’s work.
“Photography is my ministry. Photography is my medicine,” Gus recently told the Advocate. But Gus’s photography isn’t just medicine to him – through the New Orleans People Project, Gus has been able to medicate all New Orleanians who lived through Hurricane Katrina by replacing what the storm took – photographic memories.
Gus’s fantastic images from the New Orleans People Project have also been featured at Delgado Community College during Black History Month and at the New Orleans Essence Festival.
Let’s see how Gus’s representations of New Orleans translate into this week’s theme of the Photo Crusades: