The black and white photography series called â€œZulu at 100â€ features the Zulu paradeâ€™s 100th anniversary that took place in February 2009 during Mardi Gras. The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club was officially founded in 1909 as insurance for African Americans in New Orleans and has evolved into a prestigious group that celebrates their culture.
Overtime the group has overcome adversity andÂ racism, especially during the civil rights era, to march on Fat Tuesday every year. The photographs capture the energy, history and excitement encompassing the 100th anniversary of the Zulu parade.
To coincide with Mardi Gras 2010 Iâ€™m hanging twelve 16×20 silver gelatin limitedÂ edition prints from the series. The prints were made with light sensitive fiberÂ paper and chemicals using darkroom printing techniques. Additionally, Iâ€™ve hand stitched books showing the whole series.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Ben Sklar, a Baton Rouge native, is a freelance photographer based inÂ Austin, Texas specializing in editorial, documentary, and portrait photography.