- Hardcover: 150 pages
- Publisher: Historic New Orleans Collection (1 April 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0917860667
- ISBN-13: 978-0917860669
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 2.4 x 31.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,514,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere Hardcover – 1 Apr 2014
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This volume is not strictly a "coffee table" book, and is as much a sociological analysis as it is an architectural portrait. The architecture portrayed is not limited to high style examples, and includes many images of decayed vernacular buildings. The purpose is to illustrate how the Creole culture sprung from French and Spanish colonial settlement maintained a surprisingly uniform depth independent of its geographic location.
In the places explored in these pages, French, Spanish, African and Indigenous populations have mixed to form a local culture as rich as gumbo from Treme.
To those of us who feel most comfortable when embraced within the warm humid arms of the Caribbean basin, this is a beautiful book, a sensuous book -- a visually sumptuous book. With a polite nod to the past, it also delivers us an invitation to the present and to the future of "the Creole World".
Despite occasional atmospheric turbulence, there persists a "Creole World" that is unique. Insofar as a mere photograph can convey what that world is -- most of us will provide our own personal scratch-sniff-and-taste test -- this is a visually splendid volume.