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AFTER: The Silence of the Lower 9th Ward 

When: Aug. 2-31 2015

JOHN ROSENTHAL: AFTER: THE SILENCE OF THE LOWER 9TH WARD

SUNDAY, AUG. 2, CHAPEL HILL

THE HORACE WILLIAMS HOUSE—When Chapel Hill's John Rosenthal photographed New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward in 2007, two years after it took Hurricane Katrina's worst hit, the historic neighborhood remained a shadow of its former self, full of demolished houses and lacking infrastructure. In his new book, After: The Silence of the Lower 9th Ward, Rosenthal respectfully shoots around the devastation, preferring to capture intimate views of a bulletin board in St. Rose Missionary Baptist Church or a calendar in Louis Armstrong Elementary School. The waterlogged beauty of the images is a powerful euphemism for the magnitude of the loss—of history, heritage and people. After its opening reception, this Preservation Chapel Hill exhibit of Rosenthal's photos runs through Aug. 31. Visit the gallery between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tues.Fri. and by appointment Sat.Mon. 24 p.m., free, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, 919-942-7818, www.preservationchapelhill.org. —Brian Howe

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