Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
New Orleans is known for its distinctive Creole heritage—evident in its food, architecture and people—but it is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities that forged new identities from their colonial histories.
Street scene; Cienfuegos, Cuba; 2009; ©Richard Sexton; fromCreole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere
The Historic New Orleans Collection presented Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere, an exhibition and book by renowned author and photographer Richard Sexton exploring the similarities between New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean, April 15–December 7, 2014.
Over the course of 38 years, Sexton traveled across Latin America—from Haiti, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, and Ecuador back home to New Orleans—capturing the architectural and urban similarities among these culturally rich locales. The exhibition featured more than 50 vibrant images.
In the accompanying book of the same name, essays by Creole-architecture scholar Jay D. Edwards and photography historian John H. Lawrence set the stage for the more than 200 color images by Sexton. Together, the essays and photographs take readers on a fascinating journey across time and place, through the growing Creole world. Every aspect of Creole World—from its lively, unpredictable images to its bursts of color and movement—conveys the excitement of discovery in lands both foreign and familiar.
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.”