David G. Spielman



Originally from Oklahoma, David G. Spielman has called New Orleans home for the past four decades. He has worked on projects on six continents, ranging from fine art to hard news photographs published in books and journals. His previously published books include: Southern Writers, Katrinaville Chronicles, When Not Performing, and The Katrina Decade. In 2016, Spielman was awarded the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities Documentary Photographer of the Year award. In addition to photography, Spielman often gives lectures and presentations about his work, offering a very personal view of his New Orleans.

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New Orleans Portrayed
with John H. Lawrence and David G. Spielman


New Orleans Portrayed

Dorothea Lange said, "Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." My job as a photographer is not to direct or manipulate a picture, it's to capture something that presents itself to me. The architecture, light, shapes and people have to come together in a special way within the boundaries of my viewfinder. A good photograph is the culmination of life lived, books read, music heard, food eaten, and experiences had. New Orleans Portrayed represents thousands of hours of wandering and wondering, with good days and bad light, with bad days with good light. Photographers don't find the picture, pictures find the photographer. As Walker Evans said, "Good photography is unpretentious." These ideas continue to inspire and drive my work. - David Spielman


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