Notable Deaths


March 22, 2009


Chronicler of New Orleans

Johnny Donnels, who won acclaim for his pictures of the people and places in New Orleans' French Quarter, has died.

Cheron Brylski, a close friend, said Friday that Mr. Donnels fell outside his Desire Street home last week and broke his hip. He died Thursday.

Mr. Donnels, who had a gallery near Jackson Square for more than 50 years, lived in the Quarter for most of his life and was Tennessee Williams' neighbor in the 1940s.

His work, chronicled in a 1999 book, has been exhibited at the Kennedy Center, Harvard University, the Ford Times Collection of American Art, the National Academy of Design, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Historic New Orleans Collection.

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