Baquet exhibit opens on Thurs., Feb. 3 at Loyola

Photos of a “New Orleans No More” from Crescent City photographer Harold Baquet are the focus of a new exhibit at Loyola University, “In the Blink of an Eye,” which opens this Thursday, Feb. 3, at the university’s Uptown campus.

Baquet will give a lecture at 5 p.m., before the official exhibit opening, in Room 114 of Loyola’s Miller Hall. An opening reception will follow at the exhibit site, Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, which is located on the fourth floor of the campus’ Monroe Library.

The exhibit, inspired by the recent publication of In the Blink of an Eye: Photographic Memories of a New Orleans No More, by Baquet and his wife, Cheron Brylski, provides a three-decade overview of the photographers’ career.

“Because we lost so much from Hurricane Katrina, a photograph can be all you have of a memory,” Baquet said, in discussing the new exhibit. “And that’s the effectiveness of photography as a medium: the ability to snap you back to a moment when you are actually there, not just visually, but emotionally…in the blink of an eye, black and white, just light, line, and form is enough, and it allows you to explore what was.”

Baquet has served as Loyola’s university photographer for more than two decades. His work is featured in John Maginnis’ book on Edwin Edwards’ 1983 campaign for governor, The Last Hayride. His photographs have been exhibited in museums in New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The new exhibit will run through March 24. Admission to the lecture and exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit is made possible through the support of the New Orleans-based law firm Adams and Reese LLP and Mr. Charles F. Gay Jr.

Image: Photo from “In the Blink of an Eye” exhibit, by Harold Baquet.