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CURRENT ENO GALLERY EXHIBITION:
'A 46 Year Retrospective of Photo Essays'
Reception Friday June 24 from 6 to 9:00 pm
Exhibition dates: June 24 - July 24
This exhibition pays tribute to Donn Youngs upcoming permanent installation in The Power of Place Gallery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Donn Young has been a professional photographer for 46 years.
As an assignment photographer, his work has appeared in over 100 national publications including Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Paris Match, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, Village Voice and The Washington Post.
His work has been exhibited in 59 museums and galleries. The list of honors and awards are too numerous to list in a brief newsletter.
We know Donn from our mutual New Orleans backgrounds. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged Donn's studio in New Orleans. For nearly four and half weeks the body of work Donn created over more than 35 years was submerged 10 feet below the muddy waters of the Mississippi river that inundated New Orleans.
1,350,000 of Young's images were lost to failed levees - a life's work. There are many tragic stories; most importantly the loss of homes and life. How could one complain of losing a life's work when others lost their lives and loved ones? However, the loss was significant and life changing.
Although he lost his home, his possesions and his life's work, Young pushed on. In July of 2008 with the endorsement of the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, he completed a 3-year photo essay titled '40 Days and 40 Nights', an exhibition documenting the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
The exhibition grew to include over 100 Louisiana artisans of many disciplines, all telling the story of Hurricane Katrina through their art. The Louisiana State Archives produced and exhibited the 40 Days essay, with Donn as director.
The exhibition was the largest and most well attended exhibition in the history of the Louisiana State Archives.
Additionally, the Louisiana State Archives established the Donn Young Collection, as a reference of images for future generations to study. Donn Young is the only living photographer of his generation to be so honored.