The past is never dead. It’s not even past. ~William Faulkner
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Laissez les bons temps rouler! ~Cajun saying
I love South Louisiana and my people. It is a terrible love.
My photographs always reference the Deep South––-my roots. My work reflects my sense of pride and frustration about the world I come from, as well as my conflicted feelings about embracing a culture that is as violent and misguided as it is fun-loving and family-oriented.
My project explores the world of South Louisiana, a place of lost dreams, lost opportunities, and nonstop celebrations. It is a place that hasn’t seemed to change much in the past 40 years. My photographs are an attempt to deepen my understanding of its past and present, as well as
Photographer Catherine King grew up in South Louisiana and moved to Manhattan in 1982, planning to work there for no more than five years. Thirty years later (filled with numerous trips between the Big Apple and the Big Easy), she returned to New Orleans to live. She currently splits her time between Miami and New Orleans.
King’s work has been exhibited in group shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), Magnum Photos (Milk Studios/New York and Barcelona), the New Orleans Photo Alliance, the Provincetown Art Association Museum and the Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown, MA), and the Jazz & Heritage Gallery (New Orleans, LA).
She has taken New Orleans concert and festival photos for WWOZ 90.7 FM and for French Quarter Festivals, Inc. She has also photographed New Orleans artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, executives, and local personalities for the It’s New Orleans radio shows and podcasts. Her current work explores the Deep South, focusing on New Orleans and rural South Louisiana.
She studied photography with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb from 2009-2017.
You can find her on Instagram @C8KingPhotoArchive