Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography 2011 Finalist Rick Olivier Zydeco

Project Summary: I'm excited by unique hybrid cultures, and the community surrounding our Louisiana music genre known as 'zydeco' has been my greatest inspiration. From the first moment I set foot in Richard's Club on an album cover assignment in 1988, I vowed to bring all my attention to the task of documenting this wonderful community with respect, passion, and accuracy. Working on the zydeco project has been the greatest, and most rewarding, artistic adventure of my life.

Congratulations to all of the Finalists in the 2011 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

Olivier's Project Proposal

All images © 1999 Rick Olivier

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