Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River

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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. 15 years later 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 by Friesens in December 2017 and will be in general release when the exhibition of the project opens in New Orleans on September 17, 2019. The exhibition will run until April 5, 2020.

—Richard Sexton