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In the spring of 1998 journalist James Ridgeway brought photographer Chantal Regnault and Frisner Augustin to Port-au-Prince for a story he was writing for Natural History, a publication of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. A touring exhibit, The Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, had opened at the Museum, arousing intense public interest in Vodou arts.

Ridgeway and Regnault captured ordinary and intimate aspects of life in a Port-au-Prince community by way of Frisner and his longtime friends and family. In this photo Frisner pours libations on his family mausoleum in the Grand Cemetery of Port-au-Prince, which borders the neighborhood he was born and raised in. At this time, the mausoleum held his grandmother, his mother, an uncle, and a cousin. Frisner died February 28, 2012 and was buried in the mausoleum on March 3.

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