Bourbon Street

New Orleans 1955

CONTENT photography and texts
DATE 2006
ISBN 9782922892208
FORMAT 25 x 31 cm
LANGUAGE French, English, Spanish, Japanese
PRICE $60.00
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The American photographer George S. Zimbel, known worldwide for his images of John F. Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, and of Marilyn Monroe standing on an air vent, makes the New Orleans of 1955 come alive again in his new work entitled Bourbon Street - New Orleans 1955. Through 40-odd black and white photographs, of which some of the most striking are tinted red to evoke the darkroom, George Zimbel resurrects the atmosphere of that city, its streets, its clubs and its music. Celebrated Cajun singer, Zachary Richard, wrote the preface for this magnificent album, which includes texts written by Zimbel himself. Bourbon Street - New Orleans 1955 is a superb album for anyone who loves art, photography and for all those who love New Orleans, its culture and its history. 


An American by birth, Montreal photographer George S. Zimbel is known worldwide for his photographs of John F. Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, and Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway air vent. In 2000, a major retrospective of his work was exhibited in Valencia and Madrid. His photographs are on display in various museums around the world (Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, etc.).


When I first visited New Orleans in 1950, I remember seeing a very old man shuffling down Bourbon Street, carrying a beat-up instrument case. Behind him was a group of kids, dancing, laughing and chanting “Papa, Papa”. It was Oscar “Papa” Celestin, the legendary New Orleans cornetist on his way to a club gig. In 1910, he had founded the “Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra” in which a young Louis Armstrong played. When I returned in 1955, Celestin had been dead for a year, but the jazz he loved was everywhere, a part of life in that city. Photography and jazz are close relatives. When you press the shutter button, you had better be in rhythm with the scene in front of the camera.

George S. Zimbel


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