In Katrina's Wake

Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster

Chris Jordan, Bill McKibben, Susan Zakin

     12 × 10.75 in (30.5 × 27.3 cm)
96 pages
50 color illustrations
Publication date: 9/1/2006
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568986227

While many may argue whether the devastation of hurricane Katrina was the direct or indirect result of global warming, infrastructural neglect, inadequate preparation, or an incompetent governmental response, nobody will deny the heartbreak it wrought, the homes, businesses, and history washed away, the landscape uprooted, or the lives lost.

Renowned photographer Chris Jordan went on assignment--his own--to capture the tragedy of the aftermath of this, the greatest natural disaster in the history of the United States. In Katrina's Wake, his series of 50 photographs, layer, the horror of ruin with the uncanny beauty of nature, even in its most savage incarnation. His images show how the remnants of a place--from Mardi Gras beads to church pews, from computer stations to swing sets--recall the essence of a place.

Essays by Bill McKibben, Elizabeth Royte, and Susan Zakin explore the causes and effects of global warming, noting that we are all responsible for the future of our planet.

Chris Jordan is a photographer in Seattle, Washington.

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