August 9, 2006
by Canadian Architect
From September 14-December 1, 2006, the World Monuments Fund Gallery in New York presents In Katrina’s Wake: Restoring a Sense of Place, an exhibition of 26 photographs by acclaimed photographer Stephen Wilkes that tells the stories of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and the Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans’ Ninth Wardtwo communities united by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and their struggle to restore their lives. Through poignant portraits of survivors and haunting images of architectural details, Wilkes’ images also highlight WMF’s ongoing efforts to preserve the Gulf Coast’s vibrant architectural heritage.
For more than 20 years, Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognized for his fine art and commercial photography. His photographs have been featured in five major exhibitions over the last five years and on the covers of major magazines. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, the Epson Creativity Award, Photographer of the Year by Adweek, Fine Art Photographer of Year from the Lucie Awards, as well as honors from Graphis and Awards of Excellence from Communication Arts and the Art Directors Club.
Founded in 1965, the World Monuments Fund is the foremost private nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world. From its headquarters in New York Cityand offices and affiliates in Paris, London, Madrid, and LisbonWMF works with local partners and communities to identify and save important heritage through innovative programs of project planning, fieldwork, advocacy, grant-making, education, and on-site training. To date, WMF has helped save historic structures at more than 450 sites in over 80 countries.
For more information, please visit www.wmf.org.