The Photographic Journal


Essay 275 • Feb 21st 2018

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New Orleans, there’s no better way to celebrate than to march. And in a city where the words ‘celebration’ and ‘parade’ seem synonymous, it’s only natural that the families of New Orleans congregate around a mile and a half route in the Central City neighborhood to watch high school marching bands and young dance teams commemorate the life and legacy of MLK.


Daniela Leal (Dani to most) is a New Orleans based street and non traditional portrait photographer. Constantly shooting photos, she hopes to fill the street photography void in New Orleans with her photojournalistic efforts and guerrilla style coverage of an enigmatic city.  With a background in filmmaking, and a particular interest in documentary, Daniela has learned to appreciate the power of a candid moment and a constructed scene all the same.

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