There is no question that New Orleans has been faced with a lot of challenges: hurricanes, oil spills, floods, and now, COVID-19. Through these hard times, New Orleans keeps fighting with the help of the community and France.
Inspired by the exhibitions displayed on the fences around the Luxembourg Gardens in the heart of the Latin Quarter in Paris, the Consulate General of France is presenting an exhibit that pays tribute to the people of New Orleans—a city that survives and thrives despite hardship.
The New Orleans photographer David Spielman was asked by the Consul General of France in New Orleans, Vincent Sciama, to illustrate life in NOLA during such unprecedented times. Spielman is perfect for this project, as he previously published another book, The Katrina Decade, documenting the 10 years after Katrina and the process it took to rebuild New Orleans. This exhibit captures a similar tone, seeing as New Orleans was hit hard by COVID-19.
From September 23 to November 23, the exhibit will be displayed on the fence outside the Résidence of France in New Orleans.
Residence of France: 2406 Prytania St.
Photo by David Spielman