Visiting Artists Series: Deborah Luster, photographer
Watkins Visiting Artists Series presents photographer Deborah Luster
Reception, 6 p.m.
Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater
Free and open to the public
Deborah Luster is best known for two long-term documentary series: One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (1998-2003 with poet C. D. Wright), a collection of photographic portraits of prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola; and Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish (2008-2011), cityscapes of locations in New Orleans where homicides have been committed. Monographs from these projects were published by Twin Palms Publishing.
Luster’s awards include the Dorothea Lange—Paul Taylor Prize for Documentary Photography from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (with C.D. Wright), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, The John Guttman Award, the Bucksbaum Family Award for American Photography, and a Peter S. Reed Foundation Award .
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pier 24, The Smithsonian Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and other notable public and private collections.
Based in New Orleans and Galway, Ireland, she is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.