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Photographer Frank Relle’s Work Highlights Louisiana and Regional Culture on CBS This Morning: Saturday

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans-based photographer Frank Relle’s signature work highlighting Louisiana at night premiered on Emmy-nominated CBS This Morning: Saturday. Along with giving the first-ever glimpse into Relle’s immersive process of creating his award-winning photographs, this feature brings a view of Louisiana to a nationwide audience who has been unable to experience New Orleans and the region firsthand in the last year.

Relle’s segment on CBS This Morning: Saturday premiered on March 13, 2021, hosted by Louisiana native, correspondent Jamie Wax. The feature is available at

Relle invited CBS correspondent Jamie Wax and his camera crew to join him at night deep in the heart of the Manchac swamp, demonstrating how he prepares the scene using unique lighting and often positioning his camera in up to 25 feet of water.  Relle overcomes encounters with alligators, high water and other difficulties, to document the surroundings. His work uses dramatic lighting to give life to his subjects, sharing that “lighting is the language and music of photography. There is the ‘what’ you’re photographing, the subject and the light is the feeling.

Referencing Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 oil spill, Relle explains that “in Louisiana, all of the stories come from the water. The photographs are made of natural subjects, they’re made of trees, water, sky and stars, but they’re made for people. And the most profound way we connect with people is through relationships, through something we can all understand, [and the work] becomes something that has human connection in it.”

While limited travel has provided fewer options for cross cultural experiences, Relle is hopeful that seeing a piece of New Orleans and southern culture shared nationally on CBS will restore the spirits of those who usually make regular cultural pilgrimages to the region and provide inspiration to return in the near future.

Located at 910 Royal Street in the French Quarter, Frank Relle’s Gallery is currently open Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., with plans to expand hours this year. For more information and to view his collection, please visit or on Facebook or Instagram.


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