John H. Lawrence


John H. Lawrence was responsible for building the extensive photographic holdings at The Historic New Orleans Collection, where he worked for 46 years. He has written and lectured about contemporary and historic photography and about the administration and preservation of pictorial collections, and he has curated exhibitions on photographic, artistic, and general historical topics. He holds degrees in literature and art history from Vassar College and a certificate in museum management from the Getty Leadership Institute.




12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
State Capitol, House Committee Room 5
Louisiana Lens: Photographs from the Historic New Orleans Collection
with John H. Lawrence and moderator Jessica Dorman

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Louisiana Lens: Photographs from The Historic New Orleans Collection

Louisiana Lens: Photographs from the Historic New Orleans Collection surveys 180 years of photographic encounters with one of America’s most evocative regions: from early daguerreotypes of New Orleans landmarks to haunting post–Civil War landscapes to born-digital photographs documenting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Author John H. Lawrence provides an illuminating narrative for each photograph—tracing the evolution of photographic practice alongside the changing historical landscape of Louisiana.

“What emerges from Louisiana Lens…is the construction of a new and elegant history of photography in the United States seen through the wide-angle lens of the Crescent City.” — Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator in charge of photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art


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