THREE works: two are original black and white photographs of familiar scenes of the French Quarter, and the third is some kind of undetermined photographic process that features a street scene in black and white. All are pencil signed in the margin and titled, by the noted late New Orleans photographer and artist, JOHNNY DONNELS (1924-2009). Titles are "French Quarter Rooftops" (10 1/2" by 13 1/4"), "Foggy Mornin Pirates Alley New Orleans" (13 1/4" by 10"), and "Spring Fiesta--New Orleans" (13 1/4" by 10"). These are dimensions of the actual photographic works. Two are presently identically framed in simple black strips, and one is currently in a metal frame (no glass). As-framed dimensions are 20 1/2" by 15" (black strips) and 15 1/4" by 20" (metal frame). All are in excellent condition. The "Spring Fiesta" appears to be actually a photo of a pencil drawing, or an altered photo of a photo; just hard to determine. Donnels died at 84 after a long life in and around the French Quarter. He became known for his art and then later delved into photography. In 1999, a book was published, a summation of his experiences in New Orleans: "JOHNNY DONNELS INTO PHOTOGRAPHY: 50 Years, 50 Photographs, 50 Stories". The black and white photographs in the book are all accompanied by commentary from this most experienced New Orleanian, described in his obituary as a "character". His photographic images of the city, its characters, and the French Quarter in particular won him acclaim for more than 50 years. For much of that time, Donnels lived and worked in the French Quarter, operating out of a gallery at 634 St. Peter Street, very close to tourist center Jackson Square. In the 1940s, his neighbor was playwright Tennessee Williams. Donnels' work has been exhibited at the Kennedy Center, Harvard University, the Ford Times Collection of American Art, the National Academy of Design, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Historic New Orleans Collection.
JOHNNY DONNELS (1924-2009) three photographs by the noted New Orleans photographer and artist