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Jonathan Traviesa

Jonathan Traviesa is a photographer and artist living in New Orleans since the late 1990s, who has been teaching photography at Tulane University for the last several years. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and Tokyo. Traviesa was a founding member of The Front gallery and released his first book, Portraits, with a concurrent exhibition at The Front during October and November of 2009. As part of Photonola, Traviesa received the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s inaugural Michael P. Smith Grant Award, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art exhibited a selection of his portraits from the book. His work is collected publicly at the Ogden and at the New Orleans Museum of Art and privately at the Jimmy Club, the Saratoga Collection, the Paramount Building, and Stephen’s Garage. Currently, Traviesa is shooting black-and-white film on Canal Street in New Orleans and working on a commissioned photo-installation for NOMA dealing with man-made grottos. More information about his work can be found at and @jonathantraviesa on Instagram.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Swimming in Florida’s limestone springs
  2. Making pictures on film
  3. Enjoying my Roxy Music record collection
  4. Learning something new about New Orleans’s long, wild history
  5. Knocking on friends’ doors just to say hello
  6. Returning to New Orleans after I’ve left for any amount of time
  7. Eating a steak at Crescent City Steaks on Mardi Gras Night
  8. Gonging for 9th Ward Marching Band
  9. Reading books made of paper
  10. Chillin on the Lakefront