Instagram Takeover – Akasha Rabut

Nearly ten years ago, documentary photographer Akasha Rabut set out to show there’s more to New Orleans than parties and disasters. Instead, she focussed on the people who live there, “The ones who persevere, survive, strengthen, and transform the city in all its unceasing vibrancy.” Her first monograph, Death Magick Abundance, published by Anthology, reveals the spirit of the city through the pink smoke of the Caramel Curves – the first all-female black motorcycle club – alongside the Southern Riderz, urban cowboys on horseback in the streets; and many others who represent the next generation of New Orleans.

Rabut is a photographer and educator based in New Orleans. She founded Creative Council, a mentoring program for young people in New Orleans pursuing careers in the arts. Her photography has been featured by Accent Magazine, The Atlantic, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Juxtapoz Magazine, Refinery 29, Rolling Stone Magazine, Teen Vogue, and TIME magazine, amongst many others. Death Magick Abundance launches on the 24th of March, published by Anthology.

Akasha Rabut is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until the 9th of March. You can follow her @akasharabut and see more of her work at