Operation Eden

I first came across across Clayton James Cubitt’s blog Your Future is Used back when there was big discussions regarding photographer Philip Lorcia DiCorcia being sued (see archives). Regardless, Clayton lives in New Orleans as does his family. He has been returning and making the saddest, most amazing photographs of the event. Not quite documentary, Claytons’ sensibility seems to be more in the vien of fashion, but those techniques applied to these pictures make for some powerful stuff.


  1. Posted October 10, 2005 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    thanks for posting this link. touching, personal and close!

  2. Posted October 13, 2005 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    One of my students clued me in to the Operation Eden blog, and I was utterly transfixed. That golden light, and all the studies of broken objects up close. His work is definitely the most powerful photographic document of the damage and aftermath that I’ve seen. It’s interesting that you see his sensibility as more fashion-oriented than documentary. I’d like to hear more about that!

    Also: Brian, I’m sorry I never got back to you about the writing. I’ve been swamped with teaching & assignments.

  3. Posted October 14, 2005 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Great to hear from you Susannah!
    What I mean by Clayton’s work being less documentary is that unlike many of the images we’ve seen of NOLA, many of which are journalistic and documentary in form, Clayton’s background seems to be as a fashion/commercial photographer. I think that makes his pictures of NOLA more powerful, artistic and a more interesting document of the event and aftermath.

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