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Deborah Luster

(1951–)

Deborah Luster's preoccupation with images of prisoners and incarceration began some time after her mother's murder. Learn more

Deborah Luster eloquently focuses her lens on ugly realities of life in Louisiana: crime and violence. Living with her grandparents in Arkansas after her parents divorced, Luster communicated with her mother via photography, mailing pictures of new coats and other details of a girl’s life. After her mother was murdered, Luster’s view of life was profoundly altered. While scouting locations in Northeast Louisiana in the late 1990s, Luster’s repeated encounters with prisons—in the state that leads the nation in the rate of the incarceration of its citizens—inspired the portraiture series and book One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana. In 2011, Luster published Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish, a photographic documentation of homicide sites in New Orleans.

Author: Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Deborah Luster." In knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowlouisiana.org/entry/deborah-luster.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Deborah Luster" knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sep 2012. Web. 9 Dec 2017.

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Coverage 1951–
Category Art
Topics People
Regions Greater New Orleans
Time Periods Contemporary Period, Late-20th Century, Long Era
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