Award-winning Photographer Steven Forster Unveils New Work in New Orleans for First Time Since Hurricane Katrina

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"I could never imagine myself wanting to do another photography exhibit in public again after Hurricane Katrina. Now 8 years later on my 35th anniversary as an exhibiting photographer, I'm very excited to present my new exhibition, 'CELEBRITY.'"

Actor Bryan Batt, Model Adrienne Bruno Hatcher

His photographs are in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others.

Steven Forster, whose striking photographs of celebrities and entertainers have been collected by museums and published worldwide, will exhibit his work in a show titled "Celebrity" at Boyd|Satellite Gallery in New Orleans, opening Saturday, Dec. 7, with a reception with the artist from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues through Dec. 31.

Described as “the Richard Avedon of the South” by Times-Picayune critic David Cuthbert, Forster has created thousands of images of luminaries, from glamorous to gritty.

The exhibit is the first for Forster in more than half a decade and includes photographs of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Barbara Walters, Hoda Kotb, Whoopi Goldberg, President Jimmy Carter, Larry King, Jerry Lewis, Anderson Cooper, Ellen Degeneres, Jerry Springer, Bryan Batt, Ryan Phillippe, Magic Johnson, Roseanne Barr, Sean Payton, Reese Witherspoon, Macy Gray, Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Ray Charles, Adrienne Bruno Hatcher, Jake Huntr, Wynton Marsalis, Duck Dynasty, Irvin Mayfield, Anne Rice, Patricia Clarkson, James Gandolfini, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Coolidge, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Lindy Boggs, Jon Hamm, Mark Wahlberg, Lorenzo Lamas, Dita Von Teese, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Forster writes and shoots for the Party Central page that appears twice weekly in The New Orleans Advocate newspaper. Previously, for 20 years, his work appeared on the Big Easy page of The Times-Picayune.

A New Orleans native, Forster’s celebrity and fashion photography has also been published in The New York Times, People Magazine, Associated Press, Elle Magazine, Washington Monthly and many others. His fashion work swept the most recent Alpha Awards presented by the Fashion Group International (founded in 1930) of New Orleans. In his most recent of several awards from the New Orleans Press Club, Forster was honored in July 2013 with first place for multi-feature still photography. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and others.

Boyd | Satellite Gallery is located at 440 Julia St. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, contact gallery director Ginette Bone at 504.581.2440 or visit Steven Forster on Facebook.

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