South Louisiana Photographer Receives Award of Excellence

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Matthew D. White spotlights the fragile beauty of the Louisiana Coast

Matthew White, a landscape photographer who lives and works in the New Orleans area, is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for works featured in the 8th Annual Grand Isle Juried Exhibition, “The Power of Place. The exhibit opened on April 10, 2010 and concluded with a reception and awards presentation on April 18, 2010 at the Grand Isle Community Center. This was White’s fifth consecutive year to participate in the annual exhibition, which this year featured works with themes relating to the physical, political and emotional landscape associated with of the only inhabited Louisiana barrier island and its surrounding wetlands. The goal of the exhibition was to showcase excellent visual art from the region and raise awareness of Louisiana’s fragile but rich coastal environment and continuing loss. The two works of White showcased in the exhibit were “Grand Isle, LA” and “Cheniere Caminada, LA”.

”It was stormy all the way down to Grand Isle the day I shot the pictures,” White said. “I thought the shoot was going to be a bust but the storms were all around the island and not over it, the whole day. The island was in the sun; everything else was stormy. It even stormed on the way back. That is what made the sky so dramatic that day. It was just good that it worked out on a rather randomly chosen day to go down for a shoot, something I’ve done many times over the past ten years.”

In addition to the original photographs featured in the show, White has released the images and a third one, “Stormy Summer Day, Grand Isle, LA” as limited edition fine art prints--currently on view at his website at http://www.matthewwhitestudio.com.

About Matthew White
Matthew White (http://www.matthewwhitestudio.com) fell in love with photography at an early age. He has lived and worked as a freelance photographer and musician, after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a Master's Degree in jazz studies from the University of New Orleans, a summa cum laude graduate. White’s large scale photographic work includes “The Louisiana Collection”, fine arts documentation of south Louisiana shot alternately in 35mm black-and-white and large-scale color digital and “South Florida Unseen”, landscapes tracing the limits of urban sprawl and agricultural areas along the Everglades watershed. His most recent solo exhibitions include, “The End of the Great River: Photographs of the Lower Mississippi River Delta” and “Cameron Parish, LA”. Winner in the Print Center 82nd International Competition, his work has also been featured in the Grand Isle Juried Art Exhibit, The New Orleans Photo Alliance Elemental/Environmental Space Exhibit, and as part of a permanent museum exhibit for Parks Canada in New Brunswick. He was invited by the U.S. Department of State to present his images during the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and he most recently partnered with Lighthawk and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana on a series of aerial flyovers to take pictures of the endangered Louisiana coast. White is represented by Margaret Saizan, Big Vision Media, (http://www.bigvisionmedia.com)

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