Eric Waters

(1946–)

Eric Waters captured Mardi Gras Indian "royalty" in 2008 with this photograph of Darryl Montana, who inherited the title of "Big Chief" of the Yellow Pocahontas tribe from his father, the legendary Tootie Montana. Learn more »

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New Orleans’ tradition of Mardi Gras Indians hand-sewing and wearing vibrant beaded and feathered “new suits,” and the similarly culturally ingrained second-line parades, feed photographer Eric Waters’ commitment to the preservation of the city’s African-American culture. While a student of the respected photojournalist Marion Porter, Waters determined early in life that he would adopt an insider’s perspective on African-American cultures. Most of Waters’ pre-2005 photographs were lost in the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures.

 

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. "Eric Waters." 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/1374/&view=summary.

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

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