Coming Back: New Orleans
Photo By Mario Tama for Coming Back
About The Book
Getty Images recently published Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent (Umbrage Editions, September 2010), a moving body of work documenting the trial by hurricane of New Orleans by Getty Images photographer Mario Tama with a personal introduction by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Cooper, more than any other journalist, has been an important voice for New Orleans before, during, and in the aftermath of Katrina, keeping the nation focused on the plight of the city. Among images contained in the Louisiana State Museum's important Katrina & Beyond Exhibit are some from this book which were donated to the museum when the Faulkner Society and the Louisiana State Museum co-sponsored a signing for
Tama in 2010 on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Released for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Coming Back illustrates the resilience of the human spirit and the ongoing need for rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast. Getty Images is donating 100% of the royalties from the book to benefit New Schools for New Orleans, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. Tama’s award-winning work in Coming Back: New Orleans Resurgent underscores the power of imagery in displaying an optimistic portrait of New Orleans rather than one of only destruction.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK
For an excellent piece that PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer did on the book vist:
The book is as haunting as it is beautiful.
—CBS Early Show, Dave Price
Beautifully composed, human and soulful, with an occasional flash of offbeat humor.
—New York Times, James Estrin
Images of joy, passion and the essence of New Orleans shine through.
—NPR, Coburn Dukehart
With an artist’s eye and a humanitarian spirit, he managed to show the true strength of New Orleans and focus on the sparks of hope that remained in the rubble.The result is an emotional journey through some of the most thought-provoking images of that period.
—Southern Literary Review, Julie Cantrell
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About The Author
Mario Tama is a staff photographer for Getty Images based in New York City and has covered global events including September 11, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the funeral of Pope John Paul II, and the earthquake in Haiti. His unforgettable photographs from Hurricane Katrina were featured worldwide in such publications as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, newspapers, and in other media. He returned to New Orleans 15 times over the past five years to document the people of New Orleans in their bold struggle to reclaim their city.
In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island and won Cliff Edom's New America Award for his work in New Orleans. He has received multiple honors and awards from: Pictures of the Year International, White House News Photographers Association, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, China International Press Photo Contest, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. His work on Baghdad's orphans was exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images in 2001.
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