Euphus Ruth exhibit opens Dec. 18, with Hot 8 set

An exhibit of hand-printed photos, taken with Civil War era cameras and lenses, by the Greenville MS-based photographer Euphus Ruth will open at Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 18. The subject matter will include recent portrait studies of the Crescent City’s Hot 8 Brass Band

All the more reason to attend: The brass band will play a set at the opening, beginning at 7 p.m.

The larger event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2331 St Claude Ave., near the intersection with Spain St.

Ruth, a self-taught photographer, is a Texas native who was raised in the North Mississippi hill country, but who has lived and worked in the Mississippi Delta region for the last three decades. A preview of his latest work can be found at Flickr.

Organizers will donate part of proceeds of this exhibit to the Bywater Community Development Corporation and the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund. Shavers, a member of the Hot 8 who died at the age of 25 from a gunshot wound in New Orleans on December 28, 2008.

For more information, you may call the gallery at (504) 710-4506.

Image: “Hot 8 Brass Band, NOLA,” by Euphus Ruth.