Between September 3 - 11, 2005, photographer Larry Towell, accompanied by Southern novelist Ace Atkins, traveled along the coast of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, documenting the dramatic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Towells are not loud news pictures, but haunting and poetic landscapes many of them panoramas depicting the devastation. This is an intimate, documentary record of the hurricane's impact and a tribute to human endurance.
Larry Towell is one of the world's leading photojournalists. Exhibited worldwide, he has been honored with the world's most prestigious photography prizes, including the Eugene Smith and Cartier-Bresson awards. He lives on a farm in Ontario, and is a member of Magnum Photos. Ace Atkins, an Alabama native, earned nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and the Livingston Award for his work covering crime at the Tampa Tribune. Now a celebrated novelist (recent novels include Dark End of the Street and Dirty South), Atkins also teaches at the University of Mississippi. He lives on a century-old farm outside Oxford, Mississippi