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i left today. writing from dallas airport hotel. flying back to NY tomorrow. frankly, from my point of view the story is the FAILURE of government and security forces. now they are doing what they should have been doing in the first place. So I’m going back to NY to develop my film and get it out.

Practical info:

it’s easy to get in to New Orleans at the moment. fly to baton rouge, rent car, get at least 20 or 30 gallons of extra gas in containers, food, and water. best western, marriot, and hyatt hotels in downtown are open. they have electricity and wi-fi internet but not reliable water, yet. I stayed in private house owned by Times-Picuyune reporter who had working landline telephone, and swimming pool next door to bathe in. If you have contacts you can find such a place, or across the river in Algiers. The southern bridges across the Mississippi River are open, as is the western approach on I-10 to Causeway Blvd, then switch to the river road that follows the left hand of the “U” that is New Orleans. Magazine Street and Tciputolas Streets are the main arteries of movement. St. Charles and everything north is under water or mostly so. SUV will help you but not really that much, and they drink a lot more gas than the Ford Mustang we had.

Security situation OK. Looting was over-rated. yes, it was bad for a day or two but there were very few deaths inflicted by looters. at night it’s a bit sketchy to drive around because of trigger happy security forces. have your credentials ready and drive slowly with hazard lights blinking when you approach police or military.

cellphone service spotty but do-able. Verizon and T-mobile pretty good. SMS pretty good. Sprint (which i have) just started to work again today.

french quarter, downtown, uptown, garden district neighborhoods all OK. everything else under water.

Good luck.

by [a former member] at 2005-09-05 18:45:17 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Did you photograph the picture of the black woman draped in the American Flag?

by Mike H | 16 Sep 2005 11:09 | Atlanta, United States | | Report spam→
yes, the old lady in the american flag blanket was at the new orleans convention center. In very miserable condition. newsweek did a nice job with that, and also with another photo of mine, of a mother and child together, with her hand on his head.

new orleans now is hard to make photos of people because there is nobody around. next week people will start coming back. really, those of you with 4×5 and 8×10 cameras should come here now to document the devastated landscape of wrecked houses, cars, and debris. i can’t do it justice with the 35mm and 120 that i have. come before they clean up. hurry up.

make sure you bring your press credentials; with them, you have no problem moving around. and now there’s gas right across the river in gretna or across the causeways in slidell or mandeville or even a bit west of the city. water is on in some areas, though not yet safe to drink, i’ve been bathing in it. and even electricity is coming back.

go to the lower ninth ward, and to st. bernard parish, and to the mississippi coast. almost everywhere is dry now so you can really see the incredible destruction.

i’m flying back to NY tomorrow.

by [former member] | 16 Sep 2005 16:09 | New Orleans, LA, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Alan for your prompt reply, how about the color photo that was shown on CNN? Same Woman….

by Mike H | 20 Sep 2005 10:09 | Atlanta, United States | | Report spam→
The photo with the lady drapped in the flag was shot by Eric Gay the AP guy in San Antonio. An instant visual icon. Reminds me of the photo by Cartier Bresson. (if I’m not mistaken)

by Jaime R. Carrero | 20 Sep 2005 17:09 | San Antonio Tx, United States | | Report spam→
According to the AP, her name is Milvertha Hendricks, age 87. It is actually not an American flag, but an American flag blanket; that is, it is a blanket with the design of the flag on it and not a flag that you would raise on a flagpole. I don’t know when Eric photographed her; I did so on the morning of Saturday, September 3, at the Convention Center, which was finally evacuated later that day. I don’t know if she was taken to Houston or somewhere else.

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2005 08:09 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for the background on that shot Jaime, in my humble opinion you guts deserve pulitzer nominations for those shots. Thanks again for the follow-up!

by Mike H | 21 Sep 2005 08:09 | Atlanta, United States | | Report spam→
Alan, you’re absolutely right, it is a blanket she’s covered with. And it was shot in front of the Convention Center. I’m basing this on the caption on the photo. We ran it as a fairly large image on all our editions.The credit had Eric Gay’s name, I will check further when I get to the office in a couple of hours.

by Jaime R. Carrero | 21 Sep 2005 10:09 | San Antonio Tx, United States | | Report spam→
there seems to be some confusion here; my photo is in Newsweek and only in Newsweek. Eric Gay’s being from the AP, will be in many different publications. His is in color and he was standing in front of her; mine is in B+W and seen from the side.

by [former member] | 21 Sep 2005 23:09 | New York, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Then that’s what it is. The one we used was color, shot from the front shot by Eric. It’s amazing that the fact yours is BW wasn’t mentioned on the thread.
Hadn’t seen the issue of Newsweek with your photograph. I had only seen the color shot Mike H was referring to on the wire, not on CNN and later on on another publication. Thank you very much for that clarification.

by Jaime R. Carrero | 21 Sep 2005 23:09 | San Antonio Tx, United States | | Report spam→
alan, don’t miss the storie about New Orleans from Frédéric Sautereau on

by Manu Mielniezuk | 20 Oct 2005 13:10 (ed. Oct 20 2005) | Mallorca, Spain | | Report spam→

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