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Perique: Photographs by Charles Martin

The Historic New Orleans Collection returned as a participating venue in PhotoNOLA 2012 by hosting an exhibition of photographs by Charles Martin. A companion catalogue has also been released.

For eight years, Martin has documented the centuries-old tobacco-growing traditions of St. James Parish, in southeast Louisiana. The area is the only place in the world that harvests perique, prized by connoisseurs as the strongest and most flavorful of tobacco varietals. The labor-intensive cultivation process dates to the early 19th century, and its rituals have descended as occupational folklore through a handful of local families, including Martin’s.

With 40 images, the exhibition is presented in conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2012, an annual city-wide celebration of photography that takes place November 29– December 2 at multiple venues. Perique: Photographs by Charles Martin was on view at The Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., November 29, 2012–March 16, 2013.

In addition to the exhibition, THNOC has also produced a companion catalogue, complete with a selection of Martin’s images and essays by Mary Ann Sternberg and John H. Lawrence.

Garden & Gun magazine recently featured the exhibition and catalogue on their blog.

Perique: Photographs by Charles Martin
November 29, 2012–March 16, 2013
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street



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