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Aftermath of Horror
Deborah Luster
Tooth for an Eye
Reviewer #1
Deborah Luster, “Tooth for an Eye, Ledger 01-08, 2008”

New Orleans has always been a special case. The birthplace of some of the most vital art our country has produced, it has always been a beautiful if somewhat melancholy, American anomaly. This series of achingly beautiful photographs by New Orleans native Deborah Luster, taken in the years after Hurricane Katrina, does nothing but increase both the mystery and the melancholy of the city.

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Deborah Luster, “Tooth for and Eye, Ledger”, 2008

The conceit of this series is the police blotter. Luster, who previously produced a series of portraits of prison inmates, (a series that grew out of her own mother’s murder,) here goes back and records the locations of serious crimes in the city from the past 20 years. The crimes, however, are only a excuse. By going to specific locations, mostly in the poorer, un-touristed parts of town, she gets to produce a record of the vernacular city as it stands today. This is a record of neighborhoods: of wooden shot-gun shacks, some abandoned, some restored, of convenience store doorways, of lawns and former lawns, of trainyards and highways. All photographed with loving appreciation (and large format clarity). Luster has a 21st century eye, but a Walker Evans-like perception of the world as it is, and the way it can be made into a photograph.

Deborah Luster
Tooth for an Eye


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