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Mardi Gras Photographs: The Work of Brent Mitchell

About the Artist

Brent Mitchell was born and raised in Jennings, Louisiana. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Louisiana–Lafeyette in 2002 and his M.A. in art history from Louisiana State University in 2004. Brent bought his first camera during his freshman year of college and eventually taught himself how to use the tool with no formal training. Having grown up in southwestern Louisiana, he became familiar with Mardi Gras celebrations and traditions, but he never photographed these events until he worked for his hometown newspaper. After that experience, the lively activities of the rural Mardi Gras celebrations became a focal point for his photography for three years. Brent currently resides in Dallas where he works for the Dallas Museum of Art.

Mardi Gras Photographs

Mardi Gras on Horseback
Mardi Gras on Horseback, 2002

Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Camera: Nikon N70
Location: Elton, Louisiana






Runnin' from Capitaine 2
Runnin' from Capitaine #2, 2002
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Camera: Nikon N70
Location: Tee-Mamou, Louisiana







Butterfly Wings
Butterfly Wings, 2003
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Camera: Nikon N70
Location: Elton, Louisiana





Locked in Arms and Singing
Locked in Arms and Singing, 2003
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Camera: Nikon N70
Location: Tee-Mamou, Louisiana













Chicken Dance
Chicken Dance, 2002
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Camera: Nikon N70
Location: Crowley, Louisiana (dancing man) & Jennings, Louisiana (chicken)