Charles Lovell has long been passionate about photographing people within their cultures. Upon moving to New Orleans in 2008, he began documenting the city’s second line parades, and social aid and pleasure clubs, capturing a unique part of New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage. Since 1980 his photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally in 27 solo and over 73 group exhibitions. They are found in collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum, and the Historic New Orleans Collection. He received the Michael Smith Documentary Photographer Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 2020.