Photographs by Frank Stewart
Image: Lives Out of Context: A Hurricane of Race
Frank Stewart

Frank Stewart's photographs depict the flooding from the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina, and the molding interiors that were a common sight once the water subsided. The eerily serene images are devoid of human activity. By endowing these scenes of destruction with a quietly contemplative quality, Stewart creates a poignant visual elegy to those who lost their lives.

Stewart is one of ten members of Kamoinge—a New York-based collective of African American photographers—who documented communities ravished by the hurricane and the devastation's far-reaching economic, social, and racial ramifications. The resulting body of work explores the despair, as well as the hope and resilience, of residents who have lived in these communities for generations.