2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award Finalists

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Clarence John Laughlin Award.

Keliy Anderson-Staley, Houston TX http://www.andersonstaley.com Dulce

Baboon in Window

East Broadway, 7:02AM

Oaks, Paynes Prairie, FL

Marsh House Oak, Avery Island

The Rock

Water Snake

Littoral Drift #01 (Diptych, Tower Beach, SC 05.26.13, Tidal Pools, Dipped)

Old Elks Club

Rose Swimmer



Nocturnes 33

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in 2010 to support the  work of photographers who use photography as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision. 

For 2014, NOPA invited Del Zogg, the manager of Works on Paper & Photography Collections at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX,  to  serve as juror.
 Past recipients of the award include: Walker Pickering (2013), Lee Deigaard (2012), Joni Sternbach (2011) and Charles Grogg (2010)

The winner will announced on November 1, 2014.


Data Shadows: AnnieLaurie Erickson | Carroll Art Gallery, Tulane University | August 23 – October 8, 2014 |

The Carroll Gallery at Tulane University will be presenting Data Shadows, a solo exhibition by AnnieLaurie Erickson. 

Erickson was a finalist for NOPA's 2013 The Clarence John Laughlin Award and is an Assistant Professor in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Boston Center for the Arts, and CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland. AnnieLaurie was on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2007-2010, where she developed a special topics course on the intersections of art and science in lens-based media. She has presented her artwork and teaching at both the College Art Association national conference and the Society for Photographic Education national conference.

Data Shadows
AnnieLaurie Erickson
exhibition dates:  August 23 – October 8, 2014

reception:  Thursday, August 28, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
gallery walkthrough with the artist:  6:00 pm

The Carroll Gallery is located on Tulane's Uptown Campus, in the Woldenberg Art Center. The entrance to campus which is nearest to the Carroll Gallery is at the intersection of Willow Street and Audubon Boulevard. Audubon Blvd. becomes Newcomb Place on campus, and the Woldenberg Art Center is the third building on the right along Newcomb Place, as one approaches from Willow Street. 

Please observe Tulane University parking regulations carefully. Two-hour parking is available on Audubon Boulevard near Willow Street, and is only a short walking distance from the Carroll Gallery.

Gallery hours:  M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
Gallery closed on official Tulane holidays.

image above: Apple Data Center, Solar Farm, Maiden, NC 2014


EXHIBITION Opportunity: Slideluck NYC XVIII

On Friday, September 26th, Slideluck is coming back to the beer garden at Photoville NYC for a night of food, fun, music and art on the Brooklyn Waterfront!

The theme for SLIDELUCK NYC XVIII is Secrets. Artists are invited to submit work that explores notions of deception, revelation, confessions and wishes. From underground societies to political scandals to family secrets, we want your photography, visual art, and multimedia pieces capturing those unshared bits of life.

Submit your work today! The show will be curated by Gideon Jacobs and Matthew Leifheit, and the submission deadline is Friday, August 29th.
Gideon Jacobs is the Creative Director of Magnum Photos and a writer who worked prieviously at ESPN Magazine and Badabing Records. Matthew Leifheit is the Photo Editor at VICE Magazine as well as an independent photographer, writer, and curator. His writing on art and photography has appeared in TIME LightBox, Art F City, the Camera Club of New York and Feature Shoot. 

Mark your calendars for an inspiring evening full of photographic wonders among the pop-up galleries of Photoville with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

Part of the Narratively After Dark Series
Friday | September 26 | 2014
Pier 5 | Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn | 11201
7pm Potluck | 8:30pm Slideshow

Photoville is a pop-up village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces and the largest annual photographic event in NYC. Occupying more than 74,000 sq ft in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photoville 2014 will include lectures, exhibitions, screenings and workshops from September 18th-28th. This year Photoville is teaming up with Narratively to present Narratively After Dark in the Photoville Beer Garden run by Smorgasburg. Slideluck is excited to join Photoville and Narratively for an evening on the Brooklyn Waterfront! 

CAC CALL FOR ARTISTS | Submit to BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series by August 16!


Member Exhibition: Tyler Vance, Moments—A Retrospective

Award winning photographer and NOPA member Tyler Vance work is on view at the Hammond Art Center during the month of August. Vance  has worked with some of this century’s best-known photographers, including David Allen Harvey, Eugene Richards, Jim Nachtway and many others from both the Magnum Agency and National Geographic Magazine. 

For the past 13 years he has traveled with photographer Mary Ellen Mark in Oaxaca, Mexico, documenting lifestyle and customs in that area.

Recently, he was a featured merit award winner in the July issue of Black and White magazine, and his photo, “Procession” was chosen for the 8th Annual Louisiana Fine Arts Showcase.

Current projects on display include photographs of the Cole Bros. Circus troupe and documentary coverage of life in the Mississippi Delta.

Vance is a 1972 graduate of West Texas A&M University with a degree in Journalism. He and his wife Kimberly live in Robert, La., and also work as documentary wedding photographers. 

Tyler Vance, Moments, A Retrospective is on view at the Hammond Regional Arts Center, August 1-30. 
Lunch Lecture, August 14 from 12-1 pm
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
        • Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
        • Sunday and Monday Closed
  • Gallery Address: 217 E. Thomas Street, Hammond, LA 70401
    • Visit Hammond Arts.org for more information


    At Ogden: Exhibit of SW Georgia photographer's work, Rankin talk

    A reception for a recently opened photography exhibit of New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art, "One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia," will be held in connection with Whitney White Linen Night on Saturday, Aug. 2.

    The reception for the exhibit, which opened July 24, is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    An Ogden gallery talk with Tom Rankin, the photographer and Duke University art professor who served as the editor of a recently-published book of the same name as the exhibit, is to follow on Sunday, Aug. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    Kwilecki spent more than four decades photographing his native Decatur County, in Southwest Georgia. He also owned a hardware store in Bainbridge, the county seat. His photography and the compilation of the "One Place" book, edited by Rankin, were the subject of a feature at the New York Times website's "LENS" blog in August 2013.

    Rankin, currently director of Duke's MFA program in experimental and documentary arts, will share insights into the work of the man, who he counted as a friend, on Sunday. After the talk, the photographer and professor will sign copies the "One Place" book, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

    Rankin's books include "Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta" (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, and he served as the editor for books including, "Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs of a River Life" (1995).


    Entry deadline is July 16 for Photolucida's annual Critical Mass

    Photolucida, an arts nonprofit based in Portland, Ore., is accepting entries now through noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 16 for its annual Critical Mass, an online portfolio competition.

    Artists submitting work to Critical Mass are asked to submit a 10-image portfolio, for a $75 fee (or $90 for international submissions). All submitted portfolios are then screened by a committee of about 20 jurors, which selects 200 finalists. In turn, the finalists pay an additional $200 fee to have their work sent to a panel of 200 jurors.

    Among the awards to be given in the competition are the following:

    • Monograph Award: A hardbound book of the winner of this award will be published, distributed internationally, and shipped to all jurors and all entrants in Critical Mass 2014.
    • Artist Residency Award: One photographer will be chosen for a four-week, 2015 residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Captiva Island estate in Florida.
    • Solo Show Award: One photographer will be chosen for an exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland during Portland Photo Month in April 2015.

    To learn more about Critical Mass--and submit work, or see a list of jurors--please see the event page at the Photolucida website.


    Diffusion magazine seeks entries for 'Matter of Light' competition

    Diffusion magazine, a reader-supporter, independent annual that seeks to celebrate unconventional photographic processes and photo-related art, is seeking entries by July 15 for its 2014 competition, with the theme of, "The Matter of Light."

    All photo-based artists may submit work. Artists who work with alternative processes and forms of presentation-- including, but not limited to, assemblage, historic processes, installation, mixed media, hand crafted processes--are especially encouraged to apply.

    Serving as jurors for the competition are Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, N.M. and Blue Mitchell, the founding editor of Diffusion and an independent publisher, curator, educator, and photographer from Portland, Ore.

    Awards will include several that entail an invitation to Diffusion's next annual group exhibit, among them those for Best in Show, a Spotlight Award, First Place and Second Place awards and Exhibition Awards for select artists. Other awards will include Third Place, Honorable Mentions and Purchase Awards.

    The fee for entry is $20 for up to 10 images. No more than three portfolios may be submitted.

    For more information, please see the call for entry page at the Diffusion magazine website.


    Work from e2 (Kleinveld, Julien) showing at UK's Royal Academy

    NOPA members Elizabeth Kleinveld and Epaul Julien, working under the name e2, currently have work showing as part of the 246th Summer Exhibition of World Leading Artists & Architects at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

    The e2 work "Ode to Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Marriage" (at left) was among 1,200 entries chosen for the prestigious event. The final selections were chosen from more than 12,000 entries.

    The exhibit, which began June 9, will run through August 17, 2014.

    The selected work was taken from a larger series, one created to spark discussion on the consequences of stereotypes, and based on iconic images from paintings, photography and film, as well as literature.


    CURRENTS 2014 to be juried by Roy Flukinger

    New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2014: NOPA Members Showcase. The exhibit will open in December at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with the 2014 PhotoNOLA festival.

    This annual exhibition was created to showcase contemporary photographic work created by NOPA members. The 2014 show will include work by as many as fifteen Alliance members, featuring several images by each selected photographer.

    CURRENTS 2014 will open on December 4 and run through January 5, 2015. The opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5.

    Juror: Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography
    Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

    Entry Deadline: Sept 15, 2014 

    Eligibility: Submission is open to all current members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Applicants may join at time of entry.

    Submission Fee: $25 Submission Fee + NOPA
    Membership: $60

    Enter online here.

    About the Juror:

    ROY FLUKINGER is the Senior Research Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a curator since 1977. He publishes, lectures, produces exhibitions, and serves as a chief resource individual for the Photography Department, which holds some five million images. He also teaches, serves on numerous boards, and serves as a juror, consultant and reviewer for many art and photography organizations and institutions.

    Mr. Flukinger holds degrees from Tulane University and The University of Texas at Austin. He has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer and Assistant Professor at UT and other institutions of higher learning. He has published and lectured extensively in the fields of regional, cultural, and contemporary photography and the history of art and photography, and has produced or participated in nearly eighty exhibitions. His recent publications include: The Gernsheim Collection, Windows of Light, and Photography: The First 150 Years.

    Image: Gordon Stettinius' jurors talk during CURRENTS 2013 opening, Samuel Portera, all rights reserved.


    Applications now open for The Clarence John Laughlin Award

    The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

    2014 Juror

    Del Zogg is the Manager of the Works on Paper & Photography Collections and Study Center at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX.


    Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

    Deadline: August 25, 2014

    Application fee is $25.

    Application fee + NOPA membership: $60.

    For more information and to apply cluck here: CJL Grant


    Dallas-based Brandon Thibodeaux is 2014 MPS Grant recipient

    Dallas-based photographer Brandon Thibodeaux is the recipient of the NOPA-associated, 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) Grant, in support of his long-term documentary photo project, "When Morning Comes," which focuses on rural African-American communities in North Mississippi.

    The MPS Fund, established by NOPA to honor the life of legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, annually grants $5,000 to a Gulf Coast photographer who is working on a long-term cultural documentary project.

    Aperture magazine editor Michael Famighetti, who juried the 2014 grant, said of Thibodeaux’s work, “[It] relies on a strong sense of atmosphere, suggestion, and sometimes elliptical narrative. There is a quietness to the work from which it derives its strength.”

    Thibodeaux has worked on his project for five years. He initially traveled to the Mississippi Delta region on a soul-searching journey. He writes, “I needed to breathe after my own troubled times. I was in search of something stronger than myself and attended its churches not to photograph but to cry and be redeemed and to just be a part of the place. I was there to listen as I prayed for a revelation.”

    Michael Famighetti also selected five photographers to be honored as the 2014 finalists. They are Dominic Bracco II, Katty Hoover, Liz Moskowitz, Bryan Schutmaat and William Widmer.

    Thibodeaux (b. 1981), raised in Beaumont, Texas, began his photo career at a small daily newspaper in southeast Texas while studying photography at the city's Lamar University. He now resides in Dallas, where he freelances for clients like Shell Oil, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.  He is a member of the photography collective MJR, based in New York City.

    In 2009 he joined the ranks of the Getty Reportage Emerging Talent.  In 2012 he participated in Review Santa Fe, was awarded second place in the PhotoNOLA Review Awards, was a US winner for the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2012 and The Oxford American listed him in the 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art 2012.  His work in the Mississippi Delta won second place in Center's Gallerist Choice Awards, and was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 Solo Show Award.

    To see more images from the grant recipient as well as the finalists, please see the MPS Fund page at the NOPA website.

    Images: From Thibodeaux's "When Morning Comes" project.


    Call for Entries: Four by Five Exhibition

    Deadline for submissions: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 midnight

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the second “Four by Five” show juried by Steve Simmons, publisher of VIEW CAMERA MAGAZINE and author of USING THE VIEW CAMERA.

    NOPA is seeking work from photographers using large format cameras with film or plates that are larger than roll film formats. While antiquarian processes are accepted, lensless based work (pinhole, etc) will not be considered.

    Four images from five different photographers will be chosen. The five photographers chosen will exhibit at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in the Fall as well as be published in a future edition of View Camera Magazine.

    For more information contact David Armentor Director of Programming (programming@neworleansphotoalliance.org), The New Orleans Photo Alliance.

    ENTER HERE: Four by Five
    Euphus Ruth

    Deadline for submissions:
    Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 midnight

    Notification of acceptance:
    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Deadline for receiving accepted works:
    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Opening reception:
    Saturday September 6 | 6-9 pm

    Exhibition dates:
    September 6 - November 23, 2014


    Applicants sought by arts-and-culture business education fund

    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in association with four partner organizations, is seeking application for a new a initiative called the Catapult Fund, one created to provide business training education and access to funding for Louisiana arts-and-culture entrepreneurs.

    The fund is currently seeking applications from businesses whose main areas of focus include one or more of the following: Dance, theater, music, film, visual art, digital media, design, culinary arts, literary arts and fashion.
    The deadline for applications 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15.
    Startups, as well as established businesses, are eligible to apply, as are limited liability partnerships, sole proprietorships and incorporated businesses. Applicant businesses must have gross annual revenues of less than $500,000. A priority will be given to those applicants that provide products or services that do not duplicate those that already exist in the region. Moreover, the fund will prefer businesses whose products or services add to the sustainability of Louisiana's cultural economy.

    Ineligible for the program are nonprofits, individuals (other than sole proprietorships), religious organizations, government entities and businesses with outstanding state or federal tax obligations.

    Ultimately, nine to 12 applicants will be accepted into a "Catapult Boot Camp," an eight-week, nine-session program, including discussion and training on on topics ranging from credit and finance to social media and marketing.

    The fund will award a total of $50,000 in grants to participants who, after this boot camp, create the best business plan.

    Partners in the initiative include:

    For more information about the Catapult Fund, including the guidelines and application form, please visit the initiative website.


    Center for Fine Art Photography seeks entries for 'Still Life'

    The Center for Fine Art Photography of Fort Collins, Colo. is seeking entrants for its next juried competition, "Still Life." The deadline for entry, recently extended, is Tuesday, June 10.

    All subject matter and photographic processes are welcome, as is work from any photographer anywhere in the world, whether amateur or professional. Entry fees are $20 for members and $35 for non-members for five images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 for members and non-members alike.

    The juried exhibit will be held at the Center from September 5-27, 2014. 

    Photographers whose work is selected for the exhibition will receive prizes including the following:
    • Juror’s Selection: $500
    • Director’s Selection: $250
    • 2 liveBooks Website Awards: Valued at $399 from liveBooks.com
    • Honorable Mention Awards: 2 year membership and an image submission for a Center competition.
    Serving as juror for the competition is Rebecca Senf, the Norton Family Curator of Photography at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in association with Phoenix Art Museum.

    For more information, please see the Center website.