Donn Young began his professional photographer's life over 30 years ago. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and many other publications. In addition to his studio and commercial work, he became the official photographer of the Port of New Orleans in 1996.
Donn's entire life's work was in his Lakeview studio and home when the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina rose in 2005. Unreachable for weeks, his home and studio were submerged, drained, and submerged again, with the collection left to mold and ruin in a witches' brew of brackish water, sewage, petroleum products, and other compounds while efforts to drain the city got underway.
The LSU Libraries Special Collections managed to salvage 32,645 images portraying a wide range of images from New Orleans, Louisiana, and beyond. Images include people, art, music, theater, plants, food, buildings, views, manners and customs, religion and culture, education, medicine, business, industry and transportation, Associations and Institutions, Publications, sports, and portfolios.