Thomas Neff

(1948– )

Photographer Thomas Neff made the negative for "Fisherman Bayou Manchac" in 1992, and the 18 x 23 inch print in 2009. Learn more »

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A respected professor and photographer, Thomas Neff has lived and worked in Louisiana since 1982, when he was hired to teach at Louisiana State University. Schooled in the “zone technique” of Ansel Adams, Neff prefers the slow, contemplative process of the 5x7 inch, large-format camera. Neff’s technical proficiency is immediately evident in his photographs of Louisiana’s landscapes, which are characterized by dramatic angles, looming shadow, and immense scope. Nevertheless, Neff’s images are never without a human, narrative element. This tendency in Neff’s work flourished fully in his documentation of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Neff released the highly-regarded Holding Out and Hanging On, a meditative, sympathetic series of black-and-white portraits of and interviews with New Orleanians in the wake of the storm.

 

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "Thomas Neff." In KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowla.org/entry/1320/&view=summary.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "Thomas Neff." KnowLA Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sept 2012. Web. 21 Jan. 2017.

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