The artists who paint New Orleans in oils and in film are capturing its spirit in one way or another. They are all doing this in different ways. Edgar Degas paints his little scenes, snapshots of life in the ever-changing but always drowning city. He took a piece of the same city home with him to France. But what was he looking for? E.J. Bellocq photographed the vulnerability of prostitution in Storyville, creating black and white portraits of scandal and sex. Was he looking for the intrigue or was he trying to fight the social standards of the day? These artists, and others, are responsible for projecting an image of New Orleans to the world. What was it about the city that captivated their attention? What were they looking for? I want to explore these questions and find the soul of New Orleans in the artists who are responsible for creating its image that is seen by the world.