The Amistad Research Center and Ace Hotel New Orleans present Full Circle Artists Talk: African American Photographers in New Orleans Moderated by Kara Tucina Olidge, curator Girard Mouton, III will be joined by Norman Smith and Eric Waters to discuss Smith’s work as the first photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and his influence on Mouton and Waters. Girard Mouton, III serves as an offcial photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. For more than 24 years, he has captured the spirit and essence of the longest running festival in New Orleans. Kara Tucina Olidge, PhD serves as the executive director of the Amistad Research Center. She is a scholar and arts and educational administrator. Olidge is the former Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library based in Harlem. Her scholarly work focuses on the intersection of art, critical cosmopolitanism, and community activism. Eric Waters has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He studied under the tutelage of the late Marion Porter, a very well known and respected black New Orleans photographer and owner of Porter’s Photo News. Waters decided early on in his career that New Orleans Street Culture had significant historical value and was extremely worthy of documentation. Although he is sought after as an event and wedding photographer, he is known best for capturing the vibrant and energetic scenes of the Second Line and the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians. He is one of few photographers with the “insiders” view of what makes this culture come alive.