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Victor J. Blue June 23, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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One Year After Katrina, New Orleans. 2006

Victor J. Blue is a San Francisco based photojournalist. He has worked in Central America since 2001, concentrating on social conflict in Guatemala, as well as photographing stories in Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras. In the US he has documented news stories and social issues including Hurricane Katrina and it’s legacy in New Orleans, prison overcrowding in California, and the lives of illegal immigrants. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, the San Francisco Chronicle and on the Discovery Channel. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Powerhouse Gallery in New York City and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In 2008 he was awarded a first place in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest and an award of excellence in the SFBAPPA News Photography competition. He is currently a staff photographer at The Record in Stockton California.

About the Photograph:

“I was in New Orleans in August of 2006, a year after the storm, on an assignment about a health clinic. When I wasn’t shooting that story I got out and photographed in the neighborhoods, I wanted to capture something of the feeling in the city. The recovery was still painfully slow, much of the New Orleans was still empty. Life seemed to be coming back in fits. I ran into this second line procession making it’s way through a neighborhood, and I followed along. It was incredibly hot, the dancers and musicians were covered in sweat. As they danced and laughed and sang and played, they projected a kind of haunted, macabre joy. Their city had been destroyed, they had survived, now they had been forgotten, and now they were going to dance through the ruins. They marched, dipping and turning under parasols in starched white shirts and pressed slacks, while the band moaned and shouted, stopping every so often so the gathered could sing out the song’s refrain: “Won’t you stand, stand by me.”