arrived in New Orleans at the age of 42 in late 1995. For
reasons still unknown to him, a longhaired middle aged guy with
a pronounced Arkansas twang was, over the years, literally woven
into the fabric of New Orleans Music and Culture. With "an
itchy curiosity and a passionate eye," he spent every waking
hour exploring New Orleans' every nook and cranny.
I can tell you is that it has been the greatest blessing in my life,"
Compton says whenver asked. "I just fell middle age crazy
in love with New Orleans, and she loved me back. The more I got
to know her, the more fascinating she became. And to have
the trust and friendships of so many icons of New Orleans music
and culture is my greatest treasure; my gratitude is profound."
developed friendships with giants of music and culture photography
including Herman Leonard, Baron Wolman, and Michael P. Smith, all
of who provided degrees of influence and mentorship. His work
has been shown in galleries in New Orleans, Santa Fe, and New York,
where he had a solo show at Ivy Brown Gallery in February 2008.
He is a regular contributor to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic,
and proud to be a Founding Member of ART DOCS.
is a photographer and filmmaker. His work has been exhibited internationally—with
solo photographic exhibitions—at the Arco d’ Alibert,
Rome (1987); the Art Institute for the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas
(1987); Torino Fotografia Biennale Internazionale, Italy (1989);
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994); Roosevelt Study Center,
Middelburg, Netherlands (1998); Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
(2002); the Maine Photographic Workshop (2002); Robert Berman Gallery,
Los Angeles (2007); and other galleries and museums. His works have
also appeared in major group exibitions, including The Beats: Legacy
& Celebration, New York University (1994) and Beatific Soul:
Jack Kerouac On The Road, The New York Public Library (2007).
participated in the 53rd Venice International Film Festival, and
screened films in festivals and museums around the globe, including
presentations at the San Francisco Film Festival (2009) Library
of Congress (2006), the Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles (2006),
Lincoln Center, New York (2005), the Mill Valley Film Festival (1996,
2002), Santa Fe Film Festival (2001, 2005), Northwest West Film
Festival, Portland Art Museum (2001), Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis
(2000), Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. (2000), KQED San Francisco
(1984, 1999), and WGBH Boston (1984,) The National Gallery of Art
in Washington D.C., New York Public Library, and the Museum of Fine
Art in Boston have presented retrospectives of his films: Cecil
Taylor: All the Notes (2005), Donald Judd’s Marfa Texas (1998),
The Coney Island of Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1996), Tony Cragg: In
Celebration of Sculpture (1993), John Cage Talks About Cows (1991),
Taken by the Romans (1990), West Coast: “Beat & Beyond”
(1984), and California Clay in the Rockies (1983.)
Felver’s books are Beat (Last Gasp, 2007) an intimate memoir
of image, text, and reminiscence; The Late Great Allen Ginsberg
(Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2002); The Importance of Being (Arena
Editions, 2001), 400 portraits of eminent figures in American arts,
letters, music, and politics; Ferlinghetti Portrait (Gibbs Smith
Publisher, 1998); Angels, Anarchists & Gods (Louisiana State
University Press, 1996), featuring the American avant-garde; The
Poet Exposed (Alfred Van der Marck Editions, 1986), a monograph
of contemporary American poets; and Seven Days in Nicaragua Libre
(City Lights Books, 1984), co-authored with Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
based on a week together in Nicaragua with Minister of Culture Ernesto
work is collected by numerous libraries and museums, including Stanford
University Special Collections; Bancroft Library at University of
California, Berkeley; The New York Public Library; Donnell Media
Center; San Francisco Public Library; University of California Santa
Cruz, Special Collections; University of Buffalo, Poetry/Rare Books
Collection; University of North Carolina Special Collections; San
Diego State University; University of Delaware Special Collections;
UCLA Special Collections; and University of New Mexico Special Collections,
Felver appears as a guest lecturer at universities and art centers.
His photographs are represented and distributed worldwide by Corbis.
In 1997, he received the Best Art Documentary Awards at the Cinema
Arts Centre International Independent Film Festival, Huntington,
New York. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Felver was a Visiting Artist at
the American Academy in Rome.
is an award-winning photographer who launched his career in New
York City. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s
Fine Arts Program, Greg was sought for both editorial and commercial
work. He gravitated toward fashion throughout the 90’s where
there were numerous fashion shoots with top models such as Helena
Christensen and Amber Valetta.
editorial work can be found in such national and international publications
as: Allure, Interview, XXL, German Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan,
Interview and Black Book. His corporate and commercial clients include:
Proctor & Gamble, Gibson Guitars, Island Def Jam Records, NPR,
Neiman Marcus, W Hotels, Verve Records, Harrah’s Casino, Sonesta
Hotels, The Marriott and Centurytel among others.
2002 Greg relocated his career base to New Orleans. Much of his
work focuses on the city’s cultural epicenter, most notably
its renowned music scene. Since moving to New Orleans he has become
a regular contributor to New Orleans Magazine, Offbeat, Gambit Weekly,
Avenue Magazine & New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.
At present Greg has photographed well over 100 New Orleans musicians
and has had several one-man shows in New York and New Orleans. Greg
currently spits his time between the two cities.
Smith is a fine art and commercial photographer
that has been documenting the social landscapes that surround him
for the past 15 years, and since 2000, has focused his energies
on New Orleans and Southwestern Louisiana, the place of his birth.
Smith specializes in environmental portraiture, performance, and
street documentary photography.
is currently a photography instructor at The New Orleans Academy
of Fine Art and an active member in the New Orleans Photo Alliance.
Smith is also staff photographer for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival, French Quarter Festival, and the Tulane University Marching
Band For three years, Smith was shooting assistant for world-renowned
photographer Herman Leonard.
2008-2011 Smith was exhibition curator at The CANARY Gallery in
the New Orleans Arts District. Smith maintains a large client base
in New Orleans and the U.S., and is featured in numerous publications,
books, and has shown in galleries across the South. Smith was also
awarded Best Music Photographer by Offbeat Magazine in 2009, and
was awarded “40 under 40” by Gambit Weekly for his work
in the local photographic community.
is also an active member of the New Orleans music community, as
drummer for local band Rotary Downs, projection artist, music promoter,
and long time photographer to many local musicians on a variety