katrina waters


After the Water Recedes 

Victo Ngai

I had the great pleasure to work on the very challenging cover for yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. At this 10th year mark of Hurricane Katrina, the review dedicates itself to books and shorts about the lives in New Orleans after the disaster. 

At first, I wanted to depict the social and racial inequalities that has been exposed by the water line which is still haunting the recovery. But in the end we decided to show more defiance/perseverance/celebration after the waters receded. 

After I came up with new sketch V.2,  I realized I really miss the mix-match perspectives in my original V.1 sketch, hence the V.3 which was picked for the final. 

Big thanks to AD Shannon and Jolene!


11 quotes that capture the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as the flood waters receded from New Orleans, they took with them any sense of normalcy the city had before the storm. The monster 2005 hurricane wrecked levee systems, flooded entire neighborhoods, damaged homes and businesses and hit residents like a wrecking ball — but the story was just beginning.

  • Black conspiracy theories: George W. Bush wanted us dead during Katrina and the Flint water crisis is a way to kill low income black people and their families
  • White conspiracy theories: Lizard man is real and he has a 5 1/2 inch penis