Arthé Anthony discusses and signs Picturing Black New Orleans: A Creole Photographer's View of the Early Twentieth Century
Florestine Perrault Collins (1895–1988) lived a fascinating and singular life. She came from a Creole family that had known privileges before the Civil War. She learned photographic techniques while passing for white, and later moved her business to New Orleans's black business district. Fiercely independent, she ignored convention and supported herself and her family throughout the Great Depression, and in the process created an enduring pictorial record of her particular time and place. In Picturing Black New Orleans, Collins' great-niece, Arthé Anthony, explores her story with those of the individuals she photographed, documenting the profound changes in the lives of Louisiana Creoles and African Americans, giving us a rich look at the cultural landscape of New Orleans.