For more than 20 years I have studied New Orleans through the lens of my camera. During that time, I have learned to appreciate her nuances, forgive her faults, relish the beauty of her architecture, savor the uniqueness of her culinary and musical heritage. With each click of the camera I treasure this place a little more. These are my thoughts in words and pictures.

-Kathy Anderson

A Zydeco Legend

Buckwheat Zydeco, Stanley Dural, Zydeco

I should be at Jazzfest today. But because the coronavirus forced the Fest’s cancellation, I decided to go through some of my Jazzfest related files instead. In the early 90’s, I worked on a portrait project about musicians who were performing at the festival. The portraits would appear in The Times-Picayune the day they were to perform along with a story about them. One of my favorites from the series was this photo of Stanley Dural, aka Buckwheat Zydeco. When I chatted with him at his home outside of Lafayette, Louisiana, I realized how much he loved animals. I decided to incorporate his beloved kittens in the shot. What a fun photo shoot! Dural loved the photo so much he later used for an album cover. I will return to the Fest next year. But today is a day for remembering all the good times.

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