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Philip Gould is a documentary/architectural photographer who has made Louisiana his home and favorite subject since first coming to the Bayou State from San Francisco Bay Area in 1974. Fresh out of college with a degree in photojournalism Gould came to work as a newspaper photographer at the Daily Iberian in New Iberia. He stayed 18 months and eventually moved to Dallas, TX to photograph for the Dallas Times Herald. After 30 months there and 11 trips back to the Bayou State, Gould quit his job and returned to Louisiana to do in depth cultural documentary photography. His initial work on contemporary/ traditional Cajun culture was eventually published in his first book Les Cadiens d’Asteur/Today’s Cajuns.
Since then, Gould has photographed for a dozen or so books ranging in subject from Louisiana’s Capitol buildings to Natchitoches and the Cane River, to Festival International de Louisiane, to the works of architect Hays Town, to Train Stations in France, to a cookbook by Emeril LaGasse on recipes for partying, among others.
His most recent book published this year by LSU Press is entitled Acadiana: Louisiana’s Historic Cajun Country. In the book Gould teams up with Carl Brasseaux, a leading Cajun Historian and retired head of UL Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies. The book tells the story of settlement and development of this 22 parish region now called Acadiana. Photographs focus on historic architecture, landscapes, and iconography.
In the most recent decade Gould has taken up the piano accordion, something he played briefly as a child. As the story goes, a gypsy musician from Germany was visiting South Louisiana to learn Cajun music. After lunch and coffee, she spied an accordion case at Gould’s house and asked to play the instrument. The dark and mysterious sounds she made were nothing like Gould had heard out of the instrument as a young player.
“The calling was instantaneous,” Gould recalls. “I had to start playing again.” He started to learn French musettes, tangos, old jazz and what not, all while learning the instrument itself.
Philip Gould now plays in a band called Rio Luminoso (light river) with Fawn Larson on Vocals, fiddle and harmonica, Nathan Rabalais on Guitar, Gary Newman (son of Jimmy C) on upright bass and Peter Bulliard on percussion. The two best succinct ways to describe what Rio plays is “romantic music from exotic places” or “French/Mex and more”.
The group plays regularly at Café des Amis in Breaux Bridge, Recycled Cycles in Lafayette, as well as the newly reopened Elephant Room (old Bella Notté) Kaliste Saloom Rd. in Lafayette.
Gould also serves as President–elect of the Board of Directors for the Acadiana Center for the Arts. He is married to UL Sociology Professor and psychotherapist Margot Hasha and has two sons; Colin (playing diatonic accordion, drums and sax) and Daniel (playing Anglo Concertina). Both sons are students at UL Lafayette.
Phillip Gould Photos
(all photos copyright 2011 Philip Gould)
Gare de Limoges – © 2011 Philip Gould
Dennis McGee with USL Foostball Team – © 2011 Philip Gould
Festival Acadiens – © 2011 Philip Gould
Nuns on Parade, New Orleans – © 2011 Philip Gould
Richard B. Fisher Center for Performing Arts – © 2011 Philip Gould
Rio Luminoso – © 2011 Philip Gould