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01-26 Location. 1800 Leonidas Street (Carrollton) Date(s). July 14, 2009 7:55 a.m. Name(s). Brian Christopher Smith (22) Notes. Face up with multiple gunshot wounds.

2008-2012 Deborah Luster Born: Bend, Oregon 1951 gelatin silver print 55 x 55 in. (139.7 x 139.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2010, Deborah Luster 2013.43 Not currently on view

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This photograph, from a series that documents contemporary and historical homicide sites in New Orleans, presents Deborah Luster’s interpretation of the last view of the crime victim lying face up on the ground. The title is the entry from the New Orleans Police blotter, but the photograph is Luster’s meditation on looking, seeing, and the power of images to haunt our imaginations.

A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013


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About Deborah Luster

Born: Bend, Oregon 1951