Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography 2011 Finalist Deborah Luster Tooth for an Eye: A Choreography of Violence in Orleans Parish

Project Summary: Images are produced using film and an 8x10 Deardorff camera fitted with a 150 mm lens. This lens fails to cover the film plane producing a round image. The film is scanned and these scans are used to produce silver gelatin wall prints, '24x30, 49x 62, 59x 59.

Tooth for an Eye is an ongoing photographic archive project documenting contemporary and historical homicide sites in New Orleans. In addition to the wall-bound work, the entire existing archive of over 200 images is bound into a series of ledgers. Each image is accompanied by hand-written text with information pertaining to the homicides. Viewers are invited to inspect the ledgers on a 12 ft. table in installation. An archive cabinet holds additional volumes for inspection. The project expands into a mapping of New Orleans.

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

Luster's Project Proposal
All images © Deborah Luster