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

BP Oil Spill Anniversary

When Ebony Magazine asked me to photograph the impact of the BP oil spill on the African American community I was touched by the vulnerability of people who depend on the water to make a living. The assignment brought me to a myriad of people fighting to preserve their heritage.
As president of the Louisiana Oysterman’s Association Byron Encalade continues to speak for the oyster fishers everywhere in his quest to make things right.
Norman Reddick , 62, has been a fisherman for more than 27 years. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house in Pointe a-La Hache in 2005 he and his family moved to Arkansas. He commutes back and forth to fish oysters, staying on a boat for days at a time. Now his last source of income has dried up.
When four-year-old Rodney Demolle held up a Louisiana Blue Crab during a backyard celebration in Phoenix, Louisiana I was reminded of how much our culture is intertwined with seafood.
Years after he  spill the industry is coming back with a sense of uncertainty of the long haul. We hope for the best.

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