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Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere

Shotgun houses . . . vibrant street scenes . . . grand villas and mansions . . . colorful facades—they’re all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world.

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
An exhibition and book by Richard Sexton


New Orleans is often hailed for its distinctive Creole heritage—evident in its food, architecture, and people—but it is far from alone. Its Creoleness may be unique to the United States, but New Orleans is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities with similar colonial histories. Founded as New World outposts of Old World empires, these cities forged new identities from their European, West African, and indigenous influences—by turns inspired by, in defiance of, and adapted from all of them.

Photographer Richard Sexton has been intrigued by this Creole world since he first traveled to Central and South America as a young man. For him, the architectural and urban similarities among Creole cities compose a visual theme supported by endless variations both grand and humble, old and new, carefully curated and wonderfully slapdash. With more than two hundred stunning full-color photographs of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, Sexton gives readers a taste of everything the Creole world has to offer.

Setting the stage for Sexton’s images are essays by Creole-architecture scholar Jay D. Edwards and photography historian John H. Lawrence. Together, they take readers on a fascinating journey across time and place, through the ever-changing Creole world.

To learn more about Sexton’s travels and the process behind Creole World, visit his Vimeo channel to watch short videos he made along the way or listen to his interview on Susan Larson’s “The Reading Life.”

Creole World has been featured on GardenandGun.com and ArchitecturalDigest.com.

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Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
April 15–December 7, 2014
Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art
400 Chartres Street
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

Related programming

Presentation and book signing
Presented by the Pointe Coupee Historical Society
July 8 • 5:30 p.m.
Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center
500 West Main Street, New Roads, LA

Panel discussion and book signing
with Richard Sexton, Keith Weldon Medley, and Eugene D. Cizek
July 13 • 2 p.m.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street, New Orleans
Admission is $10, $5 for children, or free to Ogden Museum members.

Book signing
July 15 • 2:30 p.m.
Garden District Book Shop
2727 Prytania Street, New Orleans

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