It would be a mistake to skip this incredibly well-stocked photography gallery (one of two world-class galleries in New Orleans -- the other is The Davis Galleries). Even if you aren't in the market, it's worth looking around. Owner Joshua Mann Pailet calls this "the only museum in the world that's for sale." It really is like a museum of photography, with just about every period and style represented and frequent shows of contemporary artists. When they aren't swamped, the staff is more than happy to show you some of the many photos in the files (Pailet remained in New Orleans during the storm and flood, documenting the events with his camera). The gallery emphasizes New Orleans and Southern history and contemporary culture (you can buy Ernest Bellocq's legendary Storyville photos) as well as black culture and music. There is something in just about every price range as well as a terrific collection of photography books if that better fits your budget. Do ask for them to open the cabinets, where more art is cleverly hung inside.
- © Frommer's 2013
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