â€œKerriâ€™s work is lush with natural light that makes the images sensual and rich, and transforms the places she photographs into poems.â€
â€“Francis Ford Coppola
â€œOne of the great photojournalists of America.â€
â€“John Mariani, Esquire
By the age of fifteen, Kerri McCaffety had already worked for a small-town newspaper and won numerous awards for her poetry. At Houstonâ€™s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she majored in both photography and creative writing. She then moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane Universityâ€™s Newcomb College. There she earned a degree in anthropology with a concentration in ethnographic documentary, going on to photograph people and their environs in Europe, Central Africa, and Haiti.
Her first publication, Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New OrleansÂ¸ was named Book of the Year by the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. The same group named McCaffety Author for the Year for 1998. She went on to receive the 1999 Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers and was named one of New Orleans Magazineâ€™s People to Watch that same year. Her works have earned her Gold and Silver Benjamin Franklin Awards, an Alpha award, and two Silver Independent Publisher Book Awards, among other accolades.
McCaffetyâ€™s writing and photojournalism have appeared in such publications as Oxford American, Town and Country, Historic Traveler, Colonial Homes, Southern Accents, Travel + Leisure, Metropolitan Home, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. In 2007 and 2008, McCaffety served as features editor for Louisiana Homes and Gardens Magazine. She continues her award-winning work documenting the architectural and cultural history of her adoptive city of New Orleans.