2016 SOC Lecture Series: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy

New Orleans - Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series will begin with our first lecture on February, 25, 2016 at 6:30pm, with a lecture by Cheryl Gerber at Lake Lawn Funeral Home. This event is free and open to the public.

Gerber’s lecture will focus on death rituals and burial customs in New Orleans, which is the focus of her recently published book: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy.

Light refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy will be available for purchase.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331

About the Book:

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture–its contrasts, dichotomies, and social ironies, the things that make the city so richly diverse and distinctive–as seen through the lens of photojournalist Cheryl Gerber.

The book opens with Gerber’s shots of her hometown’s local color, showing how everyday New Orleanians live and how they celebrate life through Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, second lines, and more. The images then take a more serious turn as they depict the inequalities that sometimes make living in New Orleans so difficult. The book closes with photos depicting the way New Orleanians observe, mourn, and celebrate death. Besides images of jazz funerals, the photos include vigils for slain rapper Magnolia Shorty and Archbishop Philip Hannan, among others.

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy is a visual insider’s tour of modern New Orleans and its people.

About the Author:

Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. In 1992, she began working for Michael P. Smith, who nurtured her desire to document daily life in New Orleans. Today, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine, and has been staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces First Lecture Of 2016 (February 11, 2016 – PDF)