Richard Sexton - ENIGMATIC STREAM: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River

Meet photographer Richard Sexton when he presents and signs his latest book, ENIGMATIC STREAM.

As it churns toward its terminus in southeastern Louisiana, the Mississippi River becomes a wide, muddy superhighway of activity, matched in might only by the megastructures of heavy industry that line its banks. The section of the river from Baton Rouge to New Orleans doubles as one of the most potent economic corridors in the country.

For two decades, photographer Richard Sexton has explored this complicated region. Intrigued by juxtapositions between innovation and decay, the commercial and the residential, the manmade and the natural, he has documented a quintessentially American conundrum: the insatiable desire to exploit the lower Mississippi River’s potential while still leaving room for life along its banks. The photography in this book eloquently captures the contrasting qualities of these landscapes. Essays from Paul Schneider, author of numerous natural history books, and photographic historian John H. Lawrence offer background on the subject matter and techniques in Sexton’s images. Together, these essays illustrate the many shades of this enigmatic stream.

Richard Sexton is a fine art and media photographer whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide. His photographs have been featured in Abitare, Photographer’s Forum, and View Camera magazines, as well as many others. Enigmatic Stream is his 14th book. Others include New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence, Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere, and Vestiges of Grandeur: The Plantations of Louisiana’s River Road. He received the 2014 Michael P. Smith Memorial Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was an award recipient in American Photography’s Latin America Fotografía annual competition.


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Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Orleans - LA 70115
Enigmatic Stream: Industrial Landscapes of the Lower Mississippi River Cover Image
ISBN: 9780917860751
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Published: Historic New Orleans Collections - October 15th, 2019

New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence Cover Image
By Randolph Delehanty (Text by), Richard Sexton (By (photographer)), Richard Sexton (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9780811841313
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 2003

The lush, seductive, Old World elegance of New Orleans is gloriously revealed in this photographic tribute to the "Venice of North America." Richard Sexton's photographs capture balcony-lined streets, French-style parks, Caribbean-inspired gardens, and ornate public buildings, and take us inside some of the city's most intriguing private homes.

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere Cover Image
ISBN: 9780917860669
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Published: Historic New Orleans Collections - April 1st, 2014

Shotgun houses...vibrant street scenes...grand villas and mansions...colorful facades... they're all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. New Orleans is often hailed for its distinctive Creole heritage--evident in its food, architecture, and people--but it is far from alone.

Vestiges of Grandeur: Plantations of Louisiana's River Road Cover Image
By Richard Sexton, Richard Sexton (By (photographer)), Eugene Darwin Cizek (Introduction by), Alex MacLean (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9780811818179
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 1999

In an evocative sequel to the acclaimed New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence, author and photographer Richard Sexton returns with an in-depth visual journey through the hidden mansions—some inhabited, many now long abandoned—of Louisiana's River Road. Bordering the Mississippi, these antebellum landmarks were once the epitome of gracious living in the Deep South.

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