© Jonathan Traviesa
Richard Sexton is a fine art and media photographer whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Enigmatic Stream is his 14th book. He received the 2014 Michael P. Smith Memorial Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was an award recipient in American Photography’sLatin America Fotografia annual competition.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 5
Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River
As it churns toward its terminus in southeastern Louisiana, the Mississippi River becomes a wide, muddy superhighway of activity, matched in might only by the megastructures of heavy industry that line its banks. The section of the river from Baton Rouge to New Orleans doubles as one of the most potent economic corridors in the country.
For two decades, photographer Richard Sexton has explored this complicated region. Intrigued by juxtapositions between innovation and decay, the commercial and the residential, the manmade and the natural, he has documented a quintessentially American conundrum: the insatiable desire to exploit the lower Mississippi River’s potential while still leaving room for life along its banks. The photography in this book eloquently captures the contrasting qualities of these landscapes. Essays from Paul Schneider, author of numerous natural history books, and photographic historian John H. Lawrence offer background on the subject matter and techniques in Sexton’s images. Together, these essays illustrate the many shades of this enigmatic stream.
Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.