Some of Chris' photos below:
Al Duvarney on meeting Chris Graythen
A guy with black rubber boots and a formidable collection of cameras around his neck approached my boat. He introduced himself as Chris Graythen, a Getty Images Photographer, and asked if he could ride with me and get some pictures of the event. My initial reaction was ‘no way’ because I could afford neither space nor weight in the boat for a photographer. I further allowed that I could use some help, and if in the process he could get some shots that would be fine. He agreed. Chris proved to be an awesome first mate. He was casually competent in the ways of boating and rescuing, his compassion was inspirational and energizing, and he stayed with me the whole day. A word on this last point: as a professional photographer, Chris could have been traversing the city capturing Pulitzer Prize winning images. Chris chose humanity and me; for that I shall be forever grateful.
About midday Chris and I learned that FEMA was set up on the I-610 overpass so we started dropping off our people there. The cavalry had arrived. Say what you want about that organization’s rank and file but those folks on the ground were kicking butt. They had airboats, chainsaws, emergency medical, food, water, shelter, and busses. And they worked tirelessly.
My involvement with Age of Stupid started the day after Hurricane Katrina, when I was walking through my flooded neighbourhood and came across a guy who was rescuing people in his boat. I volunteered to help and so Alvin DuVernay (I found out his name later) and I spent two days rescuing more than one hundred people. The Spanner crew actually found Alvin via one of my photos of the rescue, which was featured in National Geographic magazine. Obviously they were very happy to hear that someone had quality photographs of the whole rescue and you can see a whole bunch of my pictures in the "rescue montage" in the finished film.
I am now a staff photographer working for Getty Images - Sport, based out of New Orleans. I've been using this page more for pictures of people and 'behind the scenes' instead of my real work - as I can't post most of it here. But for those interested, check, www.gettyimages.com/editorial and search my name. Check out blogs.gettyimages.com/sport for my NASCAR blog. woot
I'm a professional photographer born and raised in New Orleans, and still currently living in the NOLA metro area. I've been working for mostly editorial clients since 2002, putting my degree in Art History to great use.
I've been covering sports, news and entertainment for a multitude of clients both locally, in the US and in Europe. My work has appeared in print, on the web, used on TV shows and recently in movies. For information about any of my photos, or for contact information please feel free to email me or check out some of my other work.
BTW, please don't steal my images - a lot of hard work goes into these photos. (All the photos on my website are registered copyright Chris Graythen, all rights reserved. If you like a pic, just tell me, we can work something out.) But you can help yourself to the promo ones I took for Age of Stupid, as they belong to the film and are free as long as you are using them to promote the film.