Tooth for an Eye. Photographs by Deborah Luster. Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2011. 64 pp., 30 duotone illustrations, 6¾x5½". Images from photo-eye.
"The city of New Orleans is a topographical/architectural/material/cultural phenomenon with a diverse population participating in raucously colorful and fascinating pursuits and rituals. Homicide is a cultural fact of the life in the city as well.
In her second book, 'Tooth for an Eye: A Choreography of Violence in Orleans Parish', Deborah Luster explores the city in a new way, creating a compelling portrait in the form of a photographic archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites.
Following on from her first book, 'Prisoners of Louisiana', 'Tooth for an Eye' explores the themes of loss and remembrance in a series of tondo photographs that offer an opportunity for the viewer to enter deeper into the idea of the city, a place where life and death coexist, neither free of the other’s influence."
A limited edition of 'Tooth for an Eye' is available. It's limited to an "edition of 26 with a hand-pulled gravure print in a clamshell box."