Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River

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To view the exhibit information on The Historic New Orleans Collection’s web site click here.

You can view the press release for the exhibit and book launch here: EnigmaticStreamPressRelease.

To view the exhibit installation click here.

Enigmatic Stream is a recent project, which was sponsored by The Historic New Orleans Collection. In the late 1990s I photographed the historic plantation sites of the lower Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge for Vestiges of Grandeur, published by Chronicle Books in 1999. Beginning in the early 2000s I revisited the same area of the Mississippi, this time focusing on the industrial landscape. The photographs in Vestiges were all color images. Enigmatic Stream is a black and white project. The different medium was deliberate, creating a stark contrast between the 19th and 20th century land use along the lower river corridor. The exhibition catalog was printed in Canada by Friesens in December 2017 and will be available for purchase when the exhibit of the project opens at The Historic New Orleans Collection in New Orleans, on September 17, 2019. The exhibit runs until April 5, 2020.

—Richard Sexton

Enigmatic Stream exhibit reviewed by Eric Bookhardt in Gambit Weekly. Read it here.

Enigmatic Stream exhibit reviewed by Sydney Odum in Louisiana Weekly. Read it here.

Enigmatic Stream book and exhibit featured on THE HILL, with an interview with Richard Sexton by Nicole Javorsky. Read it here.

Enigmatic Stream is featured in 2019 PhotoNOLA exhibit overview on All About Photo. Read it here.