Alexis Pazoumian Faubourg Tremé

Life on the Streets of New Orleans

“Over ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the project “Faubourg Tremé” focuses on the daily life of the population living in one of the most legendary and historical districts of New Orleans. When it comes to African-American culture in the city, Tremé lies at the heart.

Each Sunday, In historical times, the slaves would gather in the neigborhood’s center, ”Congo Square,” and dance to the rhythm of the percussion from their long-lost, distant homelands. Later on, the “Creoles of color,” (freed blacks) would regularly put together brass concerts on the very same Square. Without knowing it, they were establishing the foundations of what would become one of the world’s most fertile music genres: jazz.

Recently, I decided to go back to Tremé in order to observe the daily life of the district’s contemporary inhabitants. I also went back 10 years after the Katrina disaster, curious to see what remained. I discovered that despite everything which had happened, music never left the city. Instead it permeates all the aspects of local culture, blending into every facet of the city’s life: religion, education, tradition, bars and in the very streets themselves.

This project aims to study the traditions and perseverance of these people who, after Katrina, were abandoned and left aside by all. It is a penetrating look at these men and women who continue to survive and thrive thanks to the sound of brass.

I hope my pictures convey the beauty of exaltation and fervor triggered by the eternal rhythms of New Orleans music”. – Alexis Pazoumian

– Faubourg Tremé is now available on purchase and published by André Frère. Discover more of Alexi’s work here.

Monthly Photo Contest

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2021 Emerging Talent AWARD Deadline: 31 March 2021

This month we are on the lookout for the most exciting and promising practitioners of all ages and backgrounds, working across all photographic genres and styles.

Fine art, landscape, street, documentary, portrait, fashion, or conceptual: there are no specific boundaries or limitations, allowing you the space and freedom to fully showcase your skill, creativity, and talent!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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