Matthew Hinton

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer.
Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

The Return of Big Chief Darryl Montana on Mardi Gras 2022

By Matthew Hinton / March 31, 2022

In the bright light of Mardi Gras mornings, the dancing and colorful beads and feathers from Montana’s suits are so vivid and saturated they leave an afterimage on the retinas. Accompanied by the shaking and thumping tambourine, and the singing and yelling of the traditional chants, the boisterous scene leaves a memory etched on the mind long after. 

Check out these 2022 Krewe of House Floats Highlights

By Matthew Hinton / February 3, 2022

Here is a sampling of the 2022 Krewe of House Floats homes, porches, and yards in the Greater New Orleans area.

How a Black Civil War Hero’s funeral paved the way for second lines

By Matthew Hinton / June 25, 2021

In an attempt to earn the full freedom and equality of the white caste, Captain André Cailloux fought in the Battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863 becoming the first widely publicized Black Civil War hero. His funeral was the largest procession the city had seen at the time, and is considered by many to be the predecessor to modern-day jazz funerals and second lines.

St. Joseph’s Night: 2021 brings changes, but culture thrives on

By Matthew Hinton / March 26, 2021

For the second year in a row, St. Joseph’s night has looked different for New Orleanians. Here’s a look at celebrations across the city.

You’ll still be able to yell “STELLLA” during TWFest 2021, just in a different way

By Matthew Hinton / March 25, 2021

No one will be yelling “STELLLLLAAAA!!!” at the balconies of the Pontalba apartments in Jackson Square this year for the 2021 Tennessee Williams and New Orleans Literary Festival (TWFestNOLA), but the screams and festival will be returning virtually with the encouragement of longtime patrons and participants. 

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‘Shamrock our Block’ celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in the Irish Channel

By Matthew Hinton / March 12, 2021

Inspired by the Krewe of House Floats from Mardi Gras many homes are decorating for St. Patrick’s Day.

PHOTOS: Cancelled, Cold and COVID – Mardi Gras 2021 Prevails

By Matthew Hinton / February 17, 2021

Even though Mardi Gras 2021 looked different, you can’t keep Carnival out of the hearts of New Orleanians. Here’s a look at Mardi Gras Day during COVID-19.

PHOTOS: Mardi Gras canceled? Not at City Parks’ Floats in the Oaks!

By Matthew Hinton / February 5, 2021

Because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the drive-thru event from Feb 4-14th offers a safe alternative for those missing out on float parades this year.

Here’s your guide (with pictures!) to explore the Krewe of House Floats

By Matthew Hinton / February 1, 2021

The Krewe of House Floats is an initiative to decorate homes during the Carnival season because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than just Monday or Fat Tuesday: Red Beans founder proves krewe is more than a parade

By Matthew Hinton / December 16, 2020

Krewe of Red Beans founder Devin De Wulf has some advice for people who, for one reason or another, end up in New Orleans. He believes it is important for people to expose themselves to new experiences in the many wonderful and different neighborhoods of the Crescent City.