Wonder Woman Fantasy ©Josephine Sacabo

What is your favorite museum for photography?

My favorite museum of photography is actually a A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY in New Orleans. I have the luxury of walking up a few blocks in the French Quarter where I live and getting to see  original prints from the masters of photography up close. Having access to the collection there of both contemporary and 19th century masters has been a huge inspiration for me.


What helped you get through the pandemic?

What helped me the most during the pandemic was being able to continue working at home and in my studio, Roku and my grandchildren- lifesavers !


What was the best book you read/viewed last year?

One of the most fascinating books I read during the pandemic was BETWEEN FRIENDS-THE LETTERS OF MARY McCARTHY AND HANNAH ARENDT. To read the opinions and feelings of two of the centuries most brilliant women  on politics, culture, war, friendship, literature etc was exhilarating. I learned so much from them.


What are your favorite instagram feeds?

I don’t really have a favorite instagram feed. It was fairly recently that I started posting and reading Instagram – but  anything about animals – especially cats- has me from the jump.


What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

I guess it would be to work from my deepest self and to beware of fashion. Every photographer is a valuable and unique witness to the life around him or her. Trust it.


Joséphine Sacabo lives and works mostly in New Orleans where she has been strongly influenced by the unique ambience of the city. She is a native of Laredo, Texas, and was educated at Bard College, New York. Previous to coming to New Orleans, she lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalisitic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style and divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. She uses poetry as the genesis of her work and lists poets as her most important influences, among them Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vicente Huidobro, Juan Rulfo, Mallarmé, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Her work is in many major collections including the Museum Of Modern Art, The Chicago Art Institute, The Smithsonian among others.

She has seven published books of her work:


PEDRO PARAMO by University of Texas Press


UNE FEMME HABITEÉ by Editions Marval, Paris