A History of Empty Places : Howard Philips Smith

HOWARD PHILIPS SMITH is a photographer and writer, who lives and works in Los Angeles. In conjunction with his documentation for A HISTORY OF EMPTY PLACES, he is researching gay cultural history, focusing on New Orleans in the decades before the AIDS pandemic and the hidden world of gay carnival.

Born in Houston, Texas, he grew up in rural Mississippi and began working on A HISTORY OF EMPTY PLACES in New Orleans in the early 1980s. He has degrees in history and languages, and has exhibited his work extensively. Recently he was featured in Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide with an article documenting the 50th anniversary of the oldest active gay carnival club, the Krewe of Petronius. Entitled THE GOLDEN CELEBRATION, this article illuminates this hidden world with descriptions of the lavish balls held each year since 1961. A second article was published in 2012 entitled A HIDDEN HISTORY REVEALED: THE ARTISTS OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF GAY CARNIVAL. Forthcoming: RUE DE L’AMOUR Gay Café Society and The Once Brilliant Lights of Rampart Street.

CONTACT hps@library729723.com