Four and a half years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the City of New Orleans, the once hapless Saints won the Super Bowl. It was 43 years in the making and came at a time when many of the residents were still dealing with aftermath of the hurricane. Award-winning photographer David Rae Morris was traumatized by three years of coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Looking for a new, more upbeat project, he decided to photograph Saints fans, or the "Who Dat Nation," as they are affectionately known, at his corner bar in the Bywater neighborhood. Instead of using digital photography, he borrowed a medium format Hassleblad and shot black and white film, posing his subjects against the peeling weatherboard of the bar's exterior. "The Who Dat Nation at Vaughan's Lounge" is a tribute to Saints fans everywhere, and to a city that has seen more than it's share of pain, suffering and misery in the last five years. In addition to the hard and softcover 7" x 7" edition, David Rae has made available a 12" x 12" edition. It is limited to XLIV (44) signed and numbered copies. If you're interested, please contact him directly. They're going fast! Who Dat? We Dat!
David Rae Morris was born in Oxford, England and grew up in New York City. He received a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in 1982, and an M.A. In Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota in 1991. His photographs have been widely published. In 1999, Morris collaborated with his late father, the noted author Willie Morris, on "My Mississippi," a collection of essays and photographs about the state of Mississippii. His exhibit, “Do You Know What it Means? The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” opened at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art ten weeks after Katrina made landfall. His post Katrina work had also been featured in numerous journals and magazines and in the book, "Missing New Orleans." Four of his photographs were used in the introductory credits for the HBO series, “Treme." Morris and his partner, Susanne Dietzel, have an eight year-old daughter, Uma Rae Morris Dietzel. He divides his time between New Orleans and Ohio.
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