Chandra McCormick

American, b. 1957

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Chandra McCormick

American, b. 1957

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Chandra McCormick calls herself a “visual ethnographer.” She photographs the African American experience in New Orleans with her longtime collaborator and husband, Keith Calhoun. McCormick first encountered Calhoun when she sat for a portrait, but her darkroom suggestions proved so shrewd that the two began working together. Their images of what Calhoun refers to as “vanishing Louisiana” span the Lower Ninth Ward, Treme, and the prisons surrounding the city. The couple’s work has drawn comparisons to the photorealism of Walker Evans. When their photo archive was partially destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, they found a technique to reprint the slightly damaged images on transparencies. McCormick says she finds the “pulse of the city” in the moments when she photographs the architecture and daily rituals of the area.

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Chandra McCormick calls herself a “visual ethnographer.” She photographs the African American experience in New Orleans with her longtime collaborator and husband, Keith Calhoun. McCormick first encountered Calhoun when she sat for a portrait, but her darkroom suggestions proved so shrewd that the two began working together. Their images of what Calhoun refers to as “vanishing Louisiana” span the Lower Ninth Ward, Treme, and the prisons surrounding the city. The couple’s work has drawn comparisons to the photorealism of Walker Evans. When their photo archive was partially destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, they found a technique to reprint the slightly damaged images on transparencies. McCormick says she finds the “pulse of the city” in the moments when she photographs the architecture and daily rituals of the area.

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Learn more about artist insights.
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Articles Featuring Chandra McCormick
10 Photographers Who Captured the Spirit of New Orleans
May 18th, 2016
10 Years After Katrina, How Art Has Helped New Orleans Rebuild
Aug 17th, 2015
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