Folks Next Door

By  |  July 25, 2016
Folks Next Door. All images by Harold F. Baquet. © Cheron Brylski and The Historic New Orleans Collection Folks Next Door. All images by Harold F. Baquet. © Cheron Brylski and The Historic New Orleans Collection

Artist: Harold F. Baquet

Project: Eyes of Desire

Description: During his work with the City of New Orleans in the late 1980s, photographer Harold F. Baquet—who died last year at fifty-six—documented housing projects across the city, including the Desire housing project in the Ninth Ward, the St. Thomas housing project near the Lower Garden District, and the Iberville housing project just outside the French Quarter. Here are a few images from that series, Eyes of Desire, as well as a few other images from Baquet’s wide-ranging work documenting business, music and politics in the city via The Historic New Orleans Collection. 


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

A seventh-generation New Orleanian, Harold F. Baquet (1958–2015) worked for numerous news outlets and photographed the administrations of Mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial (1978–1986) and his successor, Sidney Barthelemy (1986–1994), before accepting a position with Loyola University in 1989. The Historic New Orleans Collection received the Baquet archive as a gift from the photographer's widow, Cheron Brylski, in 2016.