Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge; 1974; © Douglas Baz and Charles H. Traub; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2019.0362.107

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Breaux Bridge; 1974; © Douglas Baz and Charles H. Traub; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2019.0362.107

April 3, 2020 to October 11, 2020

Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

520 Royal Street

Admission is free.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this exhibition is temporarily closed. Stay tuned for details of THNOC's reopening plan.
The 
exhibition catalog for Cajun Document is available for purchase at independent books stores and major online retailers.

 

In 1973 and ’74, two young photographers fresh out of art school in Chicago spent over six months documenting the southern Louisiana region known as Acadiana, as well as its coastal outposts to the east, where terra firma snakes through marshlands leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Little did they know that the region was on the verge of great change: over the following decade, a boom in oil and natural gas production would reshape the local economy, while Cajun music and food would become known the world over through cultural exportation and preservation efforts. During their stay, Douglas Baz and Charles H. Traub aimed to capture on film the people, environment, occupations, festivals, and material life of a singular place in America. Never before exhibited in such a large group, the images in Cajun Document illuminate the cultural threads woven through southern Louisiana at a liminal time in its history.

The exhibition’s companion catalog features the photographs from Cajun Document and essays by Baz, Traub, and curator John H. Lawrence.