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David Rae Morris

David Rae Morris was born in Oxford, England, and grew up in New York City. His photographs have been published in such diverse publications as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, USA Today, the New York Times, the Utne Reader, the Nation, the Angolite (the official magazine of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola), and Love and Rage (a national anarchist weekly). He has also served as a contributing photographer for the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and the European Pressphoto Agency. In 1999, Morris collaborated with his late father, noted author Willie Morris, on My Mississippi, a collection of essays and photographs about the state of Mississippi and her people.  His photographs are in many private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, and the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson. His exhibit, “Do You Know What It Means? The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,” opened at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art ten weeks after Katrina made landfall. His post-Katrina work was also featured in the 2005 book Missing New Orleans and in the HBO series Treme.  His 2012 film Integrating Ole Miss: James Meredith and Beyond ( received a Special Recognition Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council and a Telly Award. He is currently working on his third film, Yazoo Revisited (, which examines the integration of the public schools in his father’s hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without  (not necessarily in order)

  1. The Grateful Dead
  2. Whole wheat flour
  3. My cameras/computers
  4. Shrimp poboys
  5. Vaughan’s Lounge
  6. German women
  7. Blank DVDs
  8. Chocolate
  9. Mardi Gras
  10. City Park in New Orleans

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