NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Photographer Leon Morris’ life work is documenting musicians around the globe.
He made it a point to shoot the last 20 Jazz Fests and from now until August 30 the work he calls Homage: New Orleans is on display for all to see at the New Orleans Healing Center.
WHAT IS HOMAGE NEW ORLEANS?
Leon Morris: “This really is the culmination of 30 years of work photographing in the music industry. 20 years of that in New Orleans, so it’s a collection of images over that time of some of the greatest musicians of that period, and a huge collection of important New Orleans artists”
HOW DOES AN AUSTRALIAN GET TO NEW ORLEANS?
Leon Morris: “Well it started back in 1994. I actually made a pitch to a magazine I was working for, that I wanted to go and check out the New Orleans Jazz Festival because I’d heard just how extraordinary it was., and I’m one of the same kind of people you see each year who came once, and keeps coming back year after year after year.”
WHAT SHOT REALLY “SAYS” NEW ORLEANS
Leon Morris: “The picture that really characterizes that most is the one of Dr. John at the funeral procession for Earl King in town. For me it’s a really memorable photograph cause Dr. John is sort of throwing back, big smile on his face, with locals, and it just says so much about this town and the way life can be celebrated, through these second lines.”
HOMAGE: NEW ORLEANS is on exhibit at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. in The Bywater until August 30th.