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Charles Lovell

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

During the past 20 years while working at art museums from coast to coast, I have continued my pursuit of documentary photography. I became a full-time photographer in the summer of 2015.
My current work in digital photography explores the history of New Orleans
African American cultural traditions of second line parades, jazz funerals, and
social aid and pleasure clubs. From the back streets of New Orleans, are views that are not seen by the ordinary person in the urban centers and more tourist oriented settings. While wandering the varied New Orleans
neighborhoods from Treme to the Seventh and Ninth Wards to Central City and Bucktown and attending second line parades on a weekly basis, I have created thousands of recent photographs. An earlier series based on religious processions in Mexico, El Favor de Los Santos was a Rockefeller Foundation supported international traveling exhibition. It resulted in a book published by the University of New Mexico: Art and Faith in Mexico.

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