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Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras in New Orleans Hardcover – December, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Vissi D'arte Books (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970933614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970933614
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


...Masking and Madness reveals Carnival's essence. McCaffety has captured not only the look but the spirit of Mardi Gras. -- Reid Mitchell, writer, October 2001

...a profound sense of beauty, ...a true apprehension of the social, historical, and even mythological context of everything she sees. -- Tom Piazza , author

Another great, spirited book. Of all the books I saw this year, Masking had the most life, the most humanity. -- Independent Publisher's Association President Jim Barnes

Humorous, telling, and resplendent, Masking and Madness readily captures the memorable (and sometimes haunting) whimsy of Mardi Gras costumes. -- Rodney Stevens, Charleston Daily News Online, March 2002

Kerri's work is lush with natural light ... sensual and rich, transforms the places she photographs into poems. -- Francis Ford Coppola , director and writer

MASKING is a rich mix of pictures ... a wonderful array of portraits that convey humanity's deep-seated need for frivolity. -- John Sledge, Mobile Register, March 202

Through her pen and camera, McCaffety has captured the essence of the diversity ... that makes New Orleans so unique. -- Bloomsbury Review, 2002

[I consider] McCaffety a genius. Her works are destined to become pillars of Louisiana's cultural record. Indeed already are. -- Eric J. Brock, Forum News, Spring 2003

From the Publisher

The dazzling masquerade of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras opens its arms wide, dances, and flaunts, full color and full page, in Kerri McCaffety’s MASKING AND MADNESS.

McCaffety takes the art of portrait photography to North America’s biggest costume party. A photographer with an anthropology degree who has recorded cultures all over the world, she returns to her hometown to capture the spirit of New Orleans’ masquerade with a sharp wit, fresh vision, and profound sensitivity.

The celebration in the streets, with a backdrop of lace-iron balconies and old oaks, combines with stark portraits of costumed citizens photographed in a Royal Street courtyard-turned-studio on Fat Tuesday. Accompanying the parade of images, a wry introduction by Cynthia Reece McCaffety explains the history behind this tradition of costuming and indulgence that goes back thousands of years.

Think "Jane Goodall goes to Mardi Gras and Annie Leibovitz takes the pictures" —The result is a grand documentary of humanity at its liveliest.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rae Schwarz on January 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Get a front row seat at Mardi Gras with Kerri McCaffety's MASKING AND MADNESS. This vivid collection of photographs is centered around portraits taken during Mardi Gras 2001, peppered with mixed shots from other years visits. The beauty of Mardi Gras is that it is all about showing off and being seen, a perfect natural subject for photography.
The calm muted portrait background of McCaffety's photo booth provides a blessed quiet space where all manner of characters can shine in all their secret-persona-glory-revealed! Makeup, masks, sequins, glitter, tulle, stripes, spots, spangles, and beads, beads, and more beads! From whimsical to "what the heck?", McCaffety catches it for the just needed moment of capture so it can be shared here.
If you'd rather skip the crowds, pull up a chair and relax with the masking and the madness in this book.
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More About the Author

"Kerri's work is lush with natural light that makes the images sensual and rich, and transforms the places she photographs into poems."
-Francis Ford Coppola

Bachelor of Science in anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, 1989
Internship with Peter Woloszynski, World of Interiors, 1995

Kerri McCaffety has photographed twelve books, six of which she also wrote. Awards for her books and images include a gold Lowell Thomas award, gold and silver Benjamin Franklin Awards, an Alpha award, New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association's Book of the Year, and two silver Independent Publisher awards. While documenting the city's architectural and cultural history, she has been called "stunningly skilled," "a genius," and "the reigning Queen of New Orleans color photography." Her works have been deemed "pillars of Louisiana's cultural record."
In 1998, McCaffety published her first book, Obituary Cocktail, The Great Saloons of New Orleans, a photographic essay and history exploring the city's social and architectural heritage through its tradition of drink. It was named Book of the Year by regional booksellers, broke sales records in New Orleans, and became a local sensation. Obituary Cocktail went on to inspire a fan club and a popular bar tour while winning major awards from the country's two leading independent publishers' groups.
McCaffety's latest book, New Orleans New Elegance, published by Random House imprint Monacelli Press, is scheduled for release in May 2012.
Her books include:
Obituary Cocktail, The Great Saloons of New Orleans, 1998
The Majesty of the French Quarter, 1999
The Majesty of St. Charles Avenue (with writer Cynthia McCaffety), 2001
Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras in New Orleans (with writer Cynthia McCaffety), 2002
Etouffée, Mon Amour: The Great Restaurants of New Orleans, 2002
St. Joseph Altars, 2003
The Chandelier Through the Centuries, 2006
Napoleon House (with writer Mikko Macchione), 2006
The Finest Rooms in America by Thomas Jayne, 2010
Big Easy Style by Bryan Batt, October 2011
New Orleans New Elegance, May 2012

McCaffety's work has been featured in Metropolitan Home, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Colonial Homes, Southern Accents, The Oxford American, Home Magazine, Town and Country, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Historic Traveler and Travel & Leisure. Her photographs are a part of the permanent collection at the Louisiana State Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
In 2007 and 2008, McCaffety served as Features Editor at Louisiana Homes and Gardens Magazine.
visit kerrimccaffety.com

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