Joe Dunn

The Naked and the Dead, New Orleans, Early 20th Century
Photographic Paper
22.75 x 20.50 in
A framed print by Alabama-born photographer Joe Dunn, who showed (maybe still does?) on famed Royal Street in New Orleans. From a series depicting the famous cemeteries of New Orleans, with above-ground tombs that kept bodies from washing away back when floods were regular events. If you have visited New Orleans, you might have even taken a tour of a few of these cemeteries. At any rate, here he has paired a stately tomb of the dead with a very alive and svelte body of a young woman, to create a powerful emotional charge. Framed in a dark grey faux marble frame, ready to hang.