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One Block by Dave Anderson: Book Release & Nola Events

Aperture announces publication of
Photographs by Dave Anderson, Essay by Chris Rose

One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds (Aperture, August 2010), photographs by Dave Anderson, essay by Chris Rose, is a powerful portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through the prism of a single city block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Using portraiture and still lifes, Anderson explores the very nature of community while testing its resilience.

Anderson’s compassionate treatment of the neighborhood’s difficult circumstances has drawn comparisons to the work of Dorothea Lange and other Farm Security Administration-funded photographers. Seventy years later, between the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and the current housing crisis, the stability and permanence of the American home is once again in jeopardy.
One Block reflects Anderson’s affection for New Orleans and his fascination with the power of human resilience – both individually and collectively.

Talks, book signings, a party, and an exhibition will take place in New Orleans surrounding the publication of One Block, and marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The centerpiece event is a block party co-hosted by Aperture, The Oxford American and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans on the block where Anderson made the photographs. The event, which is open to the public, will feature local cuisine and artist performances and celebrate the power of community.

The release will be celebrated with several upcoming events in New Orleans:

Book Signing with Dave Anderson and Chris Rose
Saturday, July 17, 6-7:30pm
Octavia Books
513 Octavia Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Talk and Book Signing with Dave Anderson
Tuesday, July 20, 6:30-8pm
The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

One Block Exhibition Opening Reception with the Artist
Thursday, August 26, 6-8 p.m.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Block Party at One Block location
Saturday, August 28, 5-7 p.m.
Open to the Public (First come, first serve)
Co-hosted by Aperture, The Oxford American and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
(Bounded by Caffin Avenue and Douglas, Flood and Chartres Streets)

About the Photographer and Author:
Dave Anderson has been recognized as “one of the shooting stars of the American photo scene” by Germany’s fotoMAGAZIN and named a “Rising Star” by Photo District News. A multi-talented image-maker, Dave worked in the Clinton White House and at MTV before discovering photography. His acclaimed first project, “Rough Beauty” was the winner of the 2005 National Project Competition awarded by Center, Santa Fe and was published with an essay by Anne Wilkes Tucker. Vince Aletti of the New Yorker has called his work “as clear-eyed and unsentimental as it is soulful and sympathetic.” Anderson’s work has been featured in magazines from Esquire to Stern and can be found in the collections of prominent museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. As a filmmaker, Dave’s original video series, “SoLost,” shot for The Oxford American, was recently named a finalist at the 2010 National Magazine Awards. More information at

About Aperture Foundation
Aperture—located in New York’s Chelsea art district—is a world-renowned non-profit publisher and exhibition space dedicated to promoting photography in all its forms. Aperture was founded in 1952 by photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White; historian Beaumont Newhall; and writer/curator Nancy Newhall, among others. These visionaries created a new quarterly periodical, Aperture magazine, to foster both the development and the appreciation of the photographic medium and its practitioners. In the 1960s, Aperture expanded to include the publication of books (over five hundred to date) that comprise one of the most comprehensive and innovative libraries in the history of photography and art. Aperture’s programs now include artist lectures and panel discussions, limited-edition photographs, and traveling exhibitions that show at major museums and arts institutions in the U.S. and internationally. More information at