'Plantation Tourism' | by Photographer Paul Martinez

Words and images ©  PAUL MARTINEZ

Words and images © PAUL MARTINEZ

California-based photographer Paul Martinez shares his recent ongoing series 'plantation tourism,' which explores the complexities of a tourism industry that blurs the line between romanticism and horrific reality.

The American South is a place often thought of as being filled with gentility and romanticism. However, under this mask of gentility lies a grim story of America’s greatest shame.

During Paul Martinez’ visit to New Orleans, he set out to explore 'Plantation' homes. Which played an important aspect of the history of the American South and were directly responsible in enslaving millions of Africans. His ongoing series 'Plantation Tourism' is a visual study of some of these plantations and the way in which the tourism industry chooses to portray a history of institutional bondage.

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