On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Durham County Library will host Donn Young, the official photographer of the Port of New Orleans, for his presentation “40 Days and 40 Nights,” a portrait of New Orleans after the storm. Young will be joined by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Gavin Smith, an expert in post-disaster recovery and executive director of the UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters.
Thursday, August 29
, 7 p.m.
Durham County Library, Main Branch
300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, North Carolina
Free and open to the public
Photos from Donn Young’s 40 Days and 40 Nights series will be on display at the library through September 7, 2013.
Young has a photography career spanning more than forty years, over thirty of which were spent working for various New Orleans news outlets. During that time, he took more than 1.5 million photos of the city, many of which were destroyed when his studio was flooded during Katrina. National and local archival and library organizations are working with Young to salvage the collection. Having lost their home as well, Young and his family stayed in the area for eighteen months with no permanent residence before moving to North Carolina.