The Historic New Orleans Collection has also accepted a number of Mr. Fontana’s original silver gelatin non digital photographs. The topics include the jazz musicians in New Orleans of the 1970s, social protest such as the anti-nuclear protest, that occurred in opposition of the Waterford nuclear power plant just 15 miles up river from New Orleans. The photographs also are of the Louisiana Acadiana area.
Luke Fontana received a Photography Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington DC in 1972. As part of this grant, Mr. Fontana became the author of two books.
NEW ORLEANS & her JAZZ FUNERAL MARCHING BANDS copyright in 1980. This book is presently out of print, and completely sold out.
The second book is titled SAVE the WETLANDS, copyright 1982 published by Coleman publishers of New York. This book is presently out of print, and completely sold out.
Luke Fontana’s 3rd book, which remains unpublished is titled “Valley of the Pecan Gatherers”. Valley of Pecan Gatherers is a collection of photographs from the rural south during the early 1970’s. These photographs, considered by Luke to be some of his finest work, are offered for sale on this website. The original manuscript of this book is part of the permanent collection of the Auburn Research Library inAtlanta, Georgia.
Luke Fontana’s posters and prints titled LOUISIANA HERITAGE are on display and sold at numerous galleries in New Orleans, and his original photographs have been featured in several prestigious New Orleans Vieux Carre galleries.
LOUISIANA HERITAGE POSTERS. These posters or 21 inches wide and 16 inches deep. They are black and white and are individually signed in pencil by Luke Fontana. There are four different images.
NEW ORLEANS FESTIVAL: Photo of Matthew fats Houston with in Olympia banner across his chest and a whistle in his mouth. This photo was taken at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1973
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ: New Orleans jazz. This is a photo of Anderson Minor with an Olympia banner across his chest. He’s wearing a pair of white gloves and holding a very fancy umbrella. This photo was taken in 1974 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
ACADIA: This is a photo of a very traditional Southwest Louisiana Cajun home. The photo was taken by Mr Fontana in Catahoula Louisiana in 1974
BABE STOVALL: Babe was a very beloved street musician in the late 1960s in the French Quarter New Orleans. The story goes that Babes guitar, really his dobro, was stolen. Babe lost the love of his life and died 3 days later..
These posters are all individually signed in pencil by Luke Fontana. They are priced at $20 which will include shipping. The other poster photo type image that will be placed on sale are 16 inches wide and 13 inches deep. They are black and white and each one is individually shrink wrapped and matted. All bear the signature of Luke Fontana. They will be sold for $15, which will include shipping. There are three different series
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND: This is a photo of Matthew FATS Houston in a second line . He has a Olympia gold banner across his chest
NEW ORLEANS DIXIELAND JAZZ: This is a photo of the infamous Danny Barker playing his banjo in Jackson Square. Danny Barker is now deceased and for the very first time in the year 2016, New Orleans held its very first Danny Barker festival
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FUNERAL: This jazz funeral is being led by 2 grand marshals, Matthew fats Houston and Anderson minor. In the background are Alan Jaffe on tuba, Harold Asian on saxophone, and George kid Sheik Cola.
Luke Fontana is also the producer of 4 audio CD’s titled
- Down in Louisiana
- Earl K Long Rantin Ravin Singin
- Save Our Wetlands
- Ballad of Earl K Long
His 5th audio CD is expected to be completed soon. It is titled, “New Orleans 2nd Line”, and features Wynton Marsalis 2nd line and street music from the 2006 French Quarter Festival.
Luke Fontana also produced the film “Jazz Funeral For Democracy” which has been screened at film festivals throughout North America and won a number of viewers choice awards.
He is also presently working on the following titled films:
- New Orleans Jazz Funerals of Tuba Fats, Alvin Baptiste and Louis Nelson
- Battle for New Orleans a Save Our Wetlands Production
- Eco Mardi Gras
- Valley of the Pecan Gatherers a musical southern sojourn
- New Orleans Street Performers of 1970’s
In 1987, Mr. Fontana produced a CD and LP titled DOWN IN LOUISIANA featuring Butch Mudbone and Jeff Dawson, and also contains the original compositions of Luke Fontana..
Two of Mr..Fontana’s original compositions are titled BOGALUSA MAN BOUGALEE WOMAN. & PAPA JOEL best Cajun coonass I ever know.
Mr. Fontana is presently working with Louisiana Music Hall of Fame guitar player and composer Ernie Vincent to produce BOGALUSA MAN BOUGALEE WOMAN & PAPA JOE both as audio and on film, and to introduce it worldwide on social media.
The 2ND CD Mr. Fontana produced is 22 tracks of original compositions titled SAVE OUR WETLANDS and features a song sung and written by Rudy Mills titled SENOR GASOLINA.
Mr. Fontana plans to work with Eco Latinos, having this song sung by a Spanish band, entirely in Spanish.
Mr. Fontana produced a CD titled BALLAD of EARL K LONG. Plus It features the rantings of ex Louisiana governor Earl K Long, plus longtime Louisiana musician and composer Jay Chevalier
Mr.Fontana is presently working on two CDs. The first one is titled NEW ORLEANS 2nd LINE . This was the second line organized by Wynton Marsalis right after Hurricane Katrina, hopefully to inspire and bring back spiritually to the city of New Orleans.
This Wynton Marsalis second line started at the old Blandin Funeral Parlor, now called the Backstreet Museum on St. Claude Avenue, ending st Congo Square.
Mr. Fontana was fortunate enough to personally record this Wynton Marsalis second line performance, orchestrated and led by Wynton Marsalis. This CD ends with an an interview with Uncle Lionel Baptiste outside the Spotted Calf on Frenchmen St.
The second CD is titled ON FRENCHMAN STREET New Orleans Street Sounds
Mr. Fontana intends to have both CD’s out on the Internet and open for worldwide distribution by the end of April, 2016.
JAZZ FUNERAL FOR DEMOCRACY
JFFD was held in New Orleans on January 20th 2005 this was the same day that George W Bush was inaugurated for his second term as President of the United States of America.
JFFD was a traditional New Orleans Jazz funeral in commemoration of this inauguration, which to the second liners was a celebration of the death of democracy. People came from all across the United States to participate in this JAZZ FUNERAL for DEMOCRACY. Mr. Fontana won numerous Awards at various Film Festivals for this DVD across the United States.
The DVD also contains a march held in New Orleans on March 19th 2005 to commemorate the second anniversary of the war against Iraq.
The third track of this DVD contains a Lagniappe Bonus track titled the Jazz funeral of Tuba Fats.
Mr. Fontana produced a DVD titled THREE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FUNERALS, consisting of the Jazz funerals of the following:
The Jazz funeral of Alvin Baptiste
The Jazz funeral of Tuba Fats
The Jazz funeral of Louis Nelson
Mr. Fontana’s Save Our Wetlands(SOWL) files have been accepted by the Historic New Orleans Collection.
Mr.Fontana is in the process to digitize these historic wetland files, consisting of many court battles against the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and large corporations, especially the destruction of 5200 acres on the north shores of Lake Ponchartrain in St Tammany Parish Slidell Louisiana, now known as the Eden Isle and the Oak Harbor subdivisions.