The Good Times Rolled: Black New Orleans, 1978-1982
by Bernard Hermann
Preface by Jason Berry
Silver Medalist in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards for the "South: Non-Fiction" category.
The Good Times Rolled comes from the French phrase laissez les bons temps rouler, which symbolizes the spirit of the city of New Orleans. Festive and flamboyant, the legendary Crescent City is a cauldron in which the spicy flavors of many different cultures and races have blended for nearly three centuries. Bernard Hermann's images capture the unique intensity of New Orleans's African American community and in doing so reveal the true soul of this exotic American city.
About the Author
Bernard Hermann is a photographer based out of Paris, France. He has photographed locations around the world and has published books on five different continents. In 1978, Hermann traveled to New Orleans for what he expected to be a brief visit. He was so captivated by the Crescent City and its unique culture that he lingered until 1982. During this four-year stay he photographed African American life in the sultry Big Easy--as the good times rolled.
What Others Are Saying
"This is the prettiest book I have ever seen come out of New Orleans. Period. No offense to any other photographers."
--Cheryl Gerber, New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy
"Bernard Hermann was the most skilled photographer I ever met on the streets of New Orleans... I am so pleased to see the release of this publication. I have often wondered what had become of him and the photographs he made during his years in New Orleans. His black and white imagery and observing him work is what prompted me to be principally a black and white photographer."
--Christopher Porche West, New Orleans Photographer
Hardcover, 256 pp, 2015