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Moved to Document Disaster


Katrina Photos
Lionel Burbridge, still living in a FEMA trailer in the front yard of his destroyed home in Biloxi, MS, recalls how his sister held his hand in the swirling waters until she no longer could.
Chris Usher


Katrina Photos
Battalion Chief Bill Smith of the Dekalb County Fire Rescue during a recovery search in Gulfport, MS.
Chris Usher


Katrina Photos
Roosevelt and Agnes Houston, of New Orleans, refuse to leave the lower 9th Ward home where he was born.
Chris Usher


Katrina Photos
Clare Haas, Queen of the Bay St. Louis Mardi Gras Parade, in stark contrast to her surroundings.
Chris Usher


Katrina Photos
Eight-year-old Renee Gay, sitting in her grandfatherís wheelchair outside her trailer in Chalmette, LA, wrote a poem titled ďKatrina Is Mean.Ē
Chris Usher


Katrina Photos
Alvin Trigs rode out the storm in New Orleansí lower 9th ward, then made his way in a friendís boat to his house on Franklin Street, which was on higher ground.
Chris Usher


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A daring night helicopter rescue by the Air Force Reserve 920th Rescue Wing saved Eileen Duke, her dogs, August and Maybel, and her husband, Randy (not pictured) from the rooftop of their New Orleans home.
Chris Usher


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CNNís Anderson Cooper was back in New Orleans to photograph the lower 9th ward on the disasterís one-year anniversary.
Chris Usher



Now, I have four Razzles and various lenses, i.e., Schneider 90mm f/6.8, Rodenstock 127mm f/4.7, Schneider 150mm f/5.6, and Fuji 150mm f/6.3 (for 2-4-foot close portraits). For these cameras, I load my six-sheet Grafmatic backs with Kodak Tri-X and Kodak Portra 400NC, because the high film speed and low grain allow me to shoot hand-held exposures in all types of situations.

As I write this, in mid-September, I am three weeks into my 10-week trip, sitting beneath my trailerís awning near Houston. The voices, faces, and thoughts of my subjects haunt me in a way that I hope I can relay to the world through their words and my pictures.


   







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