“Faces of Mardi Gras” call out from the Guy Lyman Gallery on Magazine Street

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Dozens of fabulous photographs are calling out from the walls of the Guy Lyman Gallery, saying, "This is Mardi Gras."

Carnival season brings with it a waterfall of emotions—and Marc Pagani’s “Faces of Mardi Gras” collection captures many of them.

“There's no deep meaning to these images; it’s more just about spreading the happiness of Mardi Gras,” says Pagani.

“There's nothing specific that I'm looking for, but when I see it, I know it,” he adds.

His photos record history, preserve tradition, and immortalize the craziness that fuels the rush of Fat Tuesday.

The Mardi Gras Indian portraits are especially captivating.

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One of Pagani's favorites is from Muses Parade. You can hear the back story on that photograph in this clip from News With a Twist at 11pm on Nola38.

“All the Mardi Gras Indian images—while a lot of them look like they were shot in a studio, they were actually shot on location at Super Sunday in the midst of all the craziness during a parade,” says Pagani.

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There’s a 10 print limited edition of each image for sale, and Pagani is sharing proceeds with the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Museum Board President Bruce Sunpie Barnes says Pagani’s photographs show the “soul and the spirit” of the season.

“Each one draws you in to the moment that took place,” Barnes says.

The exhibit runs through Valentine’s Day. There’s an opening night party Saturday, January 16th, 6-9 pm at 3645 Magazine Street.