I’ve finally had a chance to sift through the street art images I photographed in New Orleans last month and here they are for your viewing pleasure.
Among the finds were works by:
- Banksy (stolen or vandalized but they live on via Flickr),
- Swoon (1, 2, 3),
- Icon Propaganda,
- Graffiti Research Lab and
- a number of local talents.
There was also a lot of local flavor, which the amazing John D’Addario was kind enough to get me up to speed about, including the infamous Fred Ratke (aka the Gray Ghost) who is an anti-graffiti vigilante who paints over street art with shades of gray. The strange thing about what he does is that there is a peculiar, if almost artistic, sensibility to his vandalism/erasures (think Nicolas de Staël). But needless to say Ratke isn’t very popular with the local art scene even if what he does is unofficially sanctioned by the city.
I also spotted one street art work in the Lower Ninth Ward attempting to pose as a legit Prospect.1 stop, which it was not.
Btw, if you want to check out the best Banksy in NOLA photo set out there, check out John’s pics.