Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye
17 x 14 inches
64 Pages, Hardcover
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers (Februrary, 2011)
In a city where the murder rate is eight times that of the national average, many residents of New Orleans deal with homicide as a way of life. In Tooth for an Eye, photographer Deborah Luster examines the lingering effects homicide has on a place, charging the location with disruptive energy. Each image in the book is circular, bringing the viewer in through the gun sight to the reality of the crime. In this way, Luster—whose own mother was a victim of violent crime—creates a complex and vivid portrait of loss and remembrance.
Deborah Luster, B. 1951, lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland. She has received numerous awards, including The Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2001, The John Gutmann Phtography Fellowship in 2002, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her work is held in the permanent collections of many notable institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.