January 5th, 2006

Chris Keeley

The first police force in French New Orleans was organized in 1803, but after “numerous complaints”

When Katrina hit, where were the police?
Issue of 2006-01-09
Posted 2005-01-02

Tim Bruneau discovered New Orleans in 1997, when, as a twenty-three-year-old soldier at Fort Polk, Louisiana, he was close enough to the city to hit Bourbon Street on weekends. He’d spent two years in Panama as a military policeman, and New Orleans reminded him, in a good way, of Central America—hot, sensual, and easygoing. Rather than go home to Texas after leaving the Army, he joined the New Orleans Police Department.

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A motherly transsexual on St. Claude Avenue kept her tavern open night and day, dispensing dollar be

The flooding covered eighty per cent of the city, leaving dry only a mile-wide sliver of high ground that recalled how New Orleans came to be known as the Crescent City. The mansions of Carrollton and the Garden District, the tall office buildings of the Central Business District, the French Quarter, and the rougher neighborhoods of Faubourg Marigny and Bywater were squeezed between the floodwater and the river. Those in dry New Orleans during the first week of the crisis hardly ever saw cops, or anyone in authority. Except for some orange-and-white Coast Guard helicopters and a few choppers from the Louisiana National Guard, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday went by with little sign of the police or outside help. To those left in the city, it felt as if government at all levels had vanished, as if not only New Orleans but the nation itself had disappeared. Lurid rumors filled the void. A creepy compulsion to believe the worst distorted what New Orleanians saw, heard, and felt, what they chose to do, and what they would remember.

Looters smashed their way along Canal Street, a diverse commercial strip that divides the Central Business District from the French Quarter, grabbing discount clothing, DVDs, and sneakers. Saks Fifth Avenue was sacked and burned. Burglars along St. Claude, the main commercial avenue bordering Faubourg Marigny, cleared taverns’ cashboxes and liquor shelves. In the suburbs, where thieves could use cars to haul booty, they made off with guns, bicycles, and stereos.

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Polidori talks about his trip and his work, accompanied by an extended portfolio of images.

What Was Left
Issue of 2006-01-09
Posted 2006-01-02

In late September, the photographer Robert Polidori travelled to New Orleans to record the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. Here, with Matt Dellinger, Polidori talks about his trip and his work, accompanied by an extended portfolio of images.

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Chris Keeley

Where can you shoot? What can you shoot?


New digital camera? Know how, where you can use it

Digital cameras were one of the hot gifts these holidays — the first one for some people, an upgrade for others. Cell-phone cameras are everywhere too, and sites like Flickr and Buzznet — not to mention photoblogs — make it easy for anyone to share the zillions of photos they're taking.

With all these cameras snapping around us, I started to wonder about the laws regarding using them. Where can you shoot? What can you shoot?


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Adventures from the Technology Underground goes on sale today

Bill Gurstelle has announced that his new book, Adventures from the Technology Underground -- Catapults, Pulsejets. Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them, went on sale today.
 Images P 1400050820.01. Sclzzzzzzz To write the book, I spent roughly two years spelunking the technology underground. There's a lot of cool technology in the book, as the title implies and many drawings and illustrations. But as my agent once told me, people are most interested in books about people, and it is the people who make this stuff is what's most interesting.