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BY Sarah Gilbert | PUBLICATION The Guardian
The Historic New Orleans Collection has acquired the photo archive of photojournalist Harold F Baquet, its first collection by a black photographer. Gifted by his widow, his work documents the local cultural and political scene, and African American life in the city over the last 25 years of the 20th century.
Photojournalist – New Orleanian
A seventh-generation New Orleanian, Baquet worked for numerous news outlets and photographed the administrations of Mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial (1978–1986) and his successor, Sidney Barthelemy (1986–1994), before accepting a position with Loyola University New Orleans in 1989.
His work captured African-American life in New Orleans—from the music and cultural scenes, to the contributions of civic leaders and the working class. The archive expands THNOC’s vast photography holdings and adds to the documentation of African-American life in New Orleans. It also marks the institution’s first complete photographic collection by a black photographer.
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