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Of the vast amount of media coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina, the images photographer Mario Tama captured were simply among the best. But Coming Back is also singular and memorable for the next chapter, which Tama covered so thoroughly and sensitively. Through Tama's stunning colour photographs, Coming Back captures the hope and despair, joy and sorrow, faith and determination in the faces of those who lived, worked and came to help America's most vibrant city regain its heart song.
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Mario Tama has covered global events for major magazines and newspapers in Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia, including September 11, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the funeral of Pope John Paul II. His unforgettable photographs from Hurricane Katrina were featured worldwide, in "National Geographic," "Newsweek," newspapers, and in other media. In 2008 he was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island and won Cliff Edom's New America Award for his work in New Orleans. He has received multiple honors and awards from: Pictures of the Year International, White House News Photographers Association, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, China International Press Photo Contest, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. His work on Baghdad's orphans was exhibited in a one-man show at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan.He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the "Washington Post" and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images in 2001. Anderson Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, "Anderson Cooper 360," since 2003. He has previously served as a correspondent for ABC News and was a foreign correspondent for Channel One News. Cooper has won several awards for his work, including an Emmy. He is noted for his comprehensive and impassioned coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He writes regularly for "Details" magazine.


"The message that comes through the images isn't a linear communication of the progression of gradual renewed stability and restoration of the character of the city and its people. Instead, what is conveyed is a subtle thread of a people so spirited and unique that even America's most destructive modern natural disaster could not break them." --"The Epoch Times" "Mr. Tama believed he had a duty to tell their stories, so he returned 15 times to photograph the slow recovery. These images [are] beautifully composed, human and soulful, with an occasional flash of offbeat humor..." --"New York Times Lens" Tama's imagery from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina stood out among the vast media coverage and earned him numerous accolades and recognition. Remarkably, when the catastrophe waned and other press went away, Tama stayed...and continued to document the process of recovery (and some of its terrible failures)." --"The Huffington Post" "But turn the page and you'll find images of joy. A big, bold, laugh that seems to echo from the side-shot of Angela Perkins. A jubilant grin as girls jump rope using a phone cable. A mid-air flip by a street performer. And it's easy to see that, despite indescribable loss, the people of New Orleans have found reasons for renewal." --"The Southern Literary Review"

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