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Upcoming Book Includes Haunting Post-Katrina Photos

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and levee failures is approaching this August, and consequently many are thinking about the ways, big and small, that the storm and its aftermath changed New Orleans. Also contemplating these changes is fine-art photographer and photojournalist David G. Spielman, whose upcoming book "The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City" includes 125 stark, black-and-white photos of New Orleans in the years after the storm.

The photographs depict the devastation and despair of the storm, but also have a quality of haunting beauty: photos capture crumbling rides of the abandoned Six Flags in New Orleans East and a house being overtaken by a thick rug of vines. The Historic New Orleans Collection, who published the book, is releasing the hardcover on July 1, and a free companion exhibition will be at THNOC's Chartres Street gallery Aug. 22 - Jan. 9, 2016.