Piper Hanson

Piper Hanson is a resident of Maryland and a junior at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. "Life in the Wake of Katrina" began its national tour August 16 in Houston, Texas. For more information on the exhibit, visit the Louisiana Bucket Brigade website.

A new exhibit lets New Orleans residents tell their own stories

In the beginning of July, I arrived in New Orleans for an internship at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. I met with Anne Rolfes, the coordinator and one of the founders of the nonprofit health and environmental-justice organization, and we discussed the work I would be doing. I was to organize a photo exhibit displaying images of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, taken by the residents of St. Bernard Parish. For three weeks I worked with members of the community to create a collection of more than 300 photographs taken by 18 parish residents and four visiting photographers. The result was …

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