David Knox: Civil War Imagery in 21st Century Photography
For New Orleans-based photographer David Knox, the past resides in present-day forms including the land, crops, architecture, and people. In his most recent body of work, he combines historical images from the American Civil War with his own photographs to create photomontages depicting an imagined, surreal world set somewhere in the mid-19th century South. These “tableaux” weave together the disparate lives of Union and Confederate soldiers, freedmen and slaves, civilians and clergy. Characters in his fabled scenes and the symbols around them offer fictional narratives that represent and explore hardship, loss, survival, gender, race, class, religion, death, and resurrection. David Knox will share his Louisiana landscape photography and discuss the historical printing processes, including stereographs, tintypes and wet plate collodions that inform his work.
Sunday, February 17
The Arsenal at The Cabildo, 3rd Floor
701 Chartres Street
This event is free and open to the public.
Guests are welcome to come early to view the exhibition, Between Land & Sea, which features Knox, and to participate in Sun Print Sunday, between 10am and 1pm, creating cyanotypes in the courtyard of the Cabildo.
For more than two decades photographer David Knox has lived in the Southeast and documented the region’s landscapes and people. His work combines 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographic processes in single image and collage. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. He is a photography teacher and lecturer, and holds a MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.