LET'S GO GET EM

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I’ll never forget that first time I saw them: I was driving along and the sun was setting and there was a flash of orange feathers. My heart jumped. I stopped and got out. I didn’t take many photos, just three.

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From the start of her photographic journey in New Orleans, Elmore searched for Mardi Gras Indians, those feathered and beaded icons of the city’s African American identity, and perhaps the most mysterious and elemental of all the city’s culture bearers. “Let’s Go Get ‘Em”—the cry of battle in which Indians compete to be the prettiest, and a chant within the ritual enacted whenever they “mask”—denotes the collection of Elmore’s photographs that trace what began as pure fascination with Mardi Gras Indians and grew into lasting friendships that inspired her own artistic ideals.

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Elmore’s life and her photographs are inseparable. For both, the foreground is the people Elmore held close in New Orleans. The background—the context, the connective tissue—is the cultural traditions and rituals that, in New Orleans represent everything from artistic expression to social activism to the normal course.

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