Berkeley teen photographer takes aim at New Orleans

New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A stiltwalker joins the Big Easy marching band in New Orleans in April. Photo: Andrei Crandall

Longfellow eighth-grader Andrei Crandall is already making headway in the photo world, despite his young age. Crandall, who is 14, was invited to join the San Diego Museum of Art’s artist guild when he was just 12, after contributing his work as part of a blind juried competition. He has also been published in Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine.

According to his artist statement, Crandall was born in a small city in far eastern Russia. He moved to Berkeley as a 4-year-old after he was adopted by “two moms who love to travel and take me and my camera with them.”

Crandall has taken photographs in Fiji, China, France, Spain, Mexico and around the United States. His most recent trip was to New Orleans in April. Photographs from that trip are on view in an exhibit called “The Streets of New Orleans” at The Alta Bates Community Art Gallery, at 2450 Ashby Ave., through Nov. 23. Crandall also has photographs showing at The Homemade Café, 2454 Sacramento St.

New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A quiet moment sweeping up in front of a New Orleans restaurant. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
An artist with an easel paints while sitting in a New Orleans street. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
Mardi Gras beads adorn a railing in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A clarinet player in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A trombone player in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
Street musicians in New Orleans rest during a break between songs. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A trumpet player in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band drum kit in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans at night. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
The “Rollin 20’s” on display in a New Orleans parade. Photo: Andrei Crandall
New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall
A saxophone player takes a moment to speak with a child in New Orleans. Photo: Andrei Crandall

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