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Masking and Madness: Mardi Gras in New Orleans Hardcover – December, 2001
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...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
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The dazzling masquerade of New Orleans Mardi Gras opens its arms wide, dances, and flaunts, full color and full page, in Kerri McCaffetys MASKING AND MADNESS.
McCaffety takes the art of portrait photography to North Americas 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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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.