The Gallery at Calumet's New York store currently has an exhibition on display of photographs from the Kamoinge collective. Ten of Kamoinge's members have produced bodies of work on the aftermath of Katrina and the exhibition provides a good range of styles and subjects. By far and away my favourite image was by Wayne Lawrence.
Wayne Lawrence, 'Roger & Girlfriend. Biloxi, MS. 2006'
I can see from the uncropped edges and the movement in the trees that this was shot on a large format camera and therefore required a degree of collaboration with Roger and his girlfriend, yet it feels to me as if he just stumbled upon these two engaged in a private moment. Very simple, intimate and beautiful. And a world away from the fashion of the deadpan portrait I see so much of. This is one of those photographs that will stick in my mind.
Incidentally, Calumet has a buy-one-get-one-free offer on 2GB Sandisk Ultra cards until December 2nd. Which is not a bad deal.