The Center for the Study of the American South, along with its journal, Southern Cultures, will be hosting New Orleans-based photographer Pableaux Johnson for an opening reception of his "New Orleans Second Line Parades" photographs. The event will take place on Sept. 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
“I started out as a journalist, a food writer specifically, doing food writing and feature work,” Johnson said. “Basically, when you’re doing food and travel writing every once in a while, it makes sense to bring a camera with you.”
Johnson said he has lived in several different places, including New Orleans, which is where he has been living for about the past 20 years.
“I started by getting a camera, and I started going through and learning how to use it and documenting my stories in different ways,” Johnson said.
Johnson said second line parades are an African-American musical and dance tradition that happens exclusively in the streets of New Orleans. He said they are included in the funeral traditions of notable locals, and are an upbeat celebratory procession usually from the church to the gravesite.