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Lori Waselchuk: African Nights

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A good photojournalist has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Lori Waselchuk, a Wisconsin native, spent 10 years in a rapidly changing South Africa before moving to Baton Rouge in early 2005. We all know what happened that August, and her Gulf Coast photographs are justly famous. But this African Nights show is all about the visual poetry of African towns and their people, in images that capture their nocturnal colors and rhythms, as we see in Veranda, Ghana (pictured). As art critic Robert Grieg put it in South Africa's Sunday Independent newspaper: 'She finds the extraordinary in an expression, in a length of patterned cloth or in the shapes of goods on the shelf of a small store. She does not simply compose the shot but composes within it, audaciously." — D. Eric Bookhardt

Through Dec. 3

The Darkroom, 1927 Sophie Wright Place, 522-3211; www.neworleansdarkroom.com

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