Join The Conversation: #WhoIsInPopsBoudoir?
Joseph Woodson “Pops” Whitesell was an iconic French Quarter figure in the 1930s-50s. He lived and worked as a photographer at 726 St. Peter St. in the buildings now known as Preservation Hall. After his passing in 1958, Pops’ vast portfolio of glass negatives became a part of the eclectic art collection of Preservation Hall; these negatives have been largely unseen since then.
As part of our Salon Series, we’ve archivally printed (for possibly the first time) 26 of these images, representing the varied themes of his prolific work. The photos were undocumented, and so most of the subjects are unknown. We’re hoping that with the crowdsourcing and communal technology of this century that we can uncover some secrets of the last century. We invite you to peruse this small selection, think back, ask your elders, but please, help us identify these forgotten people.
Join the conversation by using the #WhoIsInPopsBoudoir to help us discover the identity of these enigmatic individuals. And if you don't know who it is, feel free to add your own caption.
If you’d like to see them in person, please join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 3-5pm for: Pops' Boudoir Part 1: Photography of Joseph Woodson "Pops" Whitesell: Opening Reception, Rickie Monie Presents the Music of Sweet Emma Barrett.
Reservations for the reception and performance are available HERE.