Photographer Harold Baquet, who photographed news, music and cultural events in New Orleans for decades, died last week after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 56.
Baquet was the official cameraman for Mayor Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial in the 1980s before becoming the official photographer for Loyola University. In 2011, Loyola presented a retrospective of Baquet's work titled In the Blink of An Eye.
"Harold was a friend, mentor, co-worker, and legend to many on campus," Loyola President Kevin Wm. Wildes said in a letter to the Loyola community. "His passion, joy and zest for life were contagious. His faith, family, friends, and photography were the loves of his life. The Loyola University and Greater New Orleans communities are better today for having known Harold."
Gambit art critic D. Eric Bookhardt said Baquet used his camera not only to make a living but also to record the city's cultural history
"He was very dedicated, not just to his craft but to his community and to New Orleans culture in general," Bookhardt said. "He's definitely a local icon, especially in the black community, which he documented extensively."
Baquet, who died June 18, is survived by his wife, political consultant Cheron Brylski.