Zulu at 100

February 5th, 2010 | Events |  Tagged , , ,

The black and white photography series called “Zulu at 100” features the Zulu parade’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 and 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 I’m hanging twelve 16×20 silver gelatin limited edition prints from the series. The prints were made with light sensitive fiber paper and chemicals using darkroom printing techniques. Additionally, I’ve hand stitched books showing the whole series.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Ben Sklar, a Baton Rouge native, is a freelance photographer based in Austin, Texas specializing in editorial, documentary, and portrait photography.

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