Tooth for an Eye

February 24th, 2011 in Archive by 3 Comments

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“Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish” is the latest project from Louisiana based photographer Deborah Luster.  The collection, recently featured at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, are haunting images of homicide sites in New Orleans.  Luster found these sites in the local Times-Picayune newspaper and lugged her 8 x 10 Deardorff camera through the sweltering streets of New Orleans capturing what the Shaniman Gallery calls “the dizzyingly empty space at the core of violence”.  The sites range from those of national headline making homicides, to unknown killings in back alleyways, dive bars and the forgotten edges of town.  They document a cycle of violence plaguing one of America’s most beloved cities. The limited edition book can be purchased from Twin Palms Publishers.

All photos courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC

Produced by Matt Beagle and The Kitchen Sisters for the Hidden World of Girls. Mixed by Jim McKee.

Music from Story
“St. James Infirmary” by James Booker
“Elizabeth Chooses a Career” from Les Enfants Terribles by Dennis Russel Davies and Maki Namekawa

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This Story Was Produced By

Matt BeagleThis story was lead & produced by Matt who has been a production intern with the Kitchen Sisters since January, 2011. Matt is a performing comedian in the Bay Area and can be seen in the online documentary White Collar Brawler
Patty FungPatty has been a contributing blogger for the Hidden World of Girls series and has produced multimedia work for the Kitchen Sisters including the slideshow for this piece and on various projects.
Sam RobinsonSam helped with the audio editing of this story. He has been writing an producing his own music for 13 years and in addition to live performances his sound work has been heard on BBC national radio and London art radio station Resonance FM. In summer 2010 he moved from his home in south London to San Francisco and has had the pleasure of working with the Kitchen Sisters since January 2011.

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Brilliant exhibit. Congratulations! I’m curious to now see Luster’s previous projects. Thank you for the great editing and sound, too.
Long live New Orleans!

Isaac Hernandez


Wonderful work! I so appreciate the narration & music as well as the photography. Thank you for sharing.

Alison Jordan


Haunting and unforgettable….thank you.

Lorri Holt


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