Artist Talk: Micahel Alford, Shooting from the Hip: Mexico

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans  presenting an Artist Talk reception by Michael Alford.

Michael Alford is a multidisciplinary Conceptual artist. His work ranges from documentary photography, large scale public sculpture to Land Art. “My work often explores and challenges the conventional ideas of Art and what can be used to create it.” Michael spent the first half of his life as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Operations. He earned his B.F.A. from Baylor University while on active duty and recently an M.F.A from Louisiana State University. The artwork of artist Michael Alford has been exhibited and found in several corporate, private, national and international collections.

The Artist will be talking about his experience photographing Mexico City and surrounding areas while concealing his camera in a bag pack. Michael has more than 20 years traveling to Mexico and capturing its beauty and wonderful people.

Artist's Talk:
Friday, October 24th at 6:00pm
Art Gallery of the Consulate
 901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118
 New Orleans, LA 70130

OPENING: A.I.R. Pioneers Portraits by Judy Cooper

Judith Bernstein © Judy Cooper
Join NOPA member Judy Cooper as she presents a show of recent portraits of the women who in 1972 founded A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, the first gallery of, by, and for women artists in the US.

The founders and early members of A.I.R. include many well known and influential artists. Cooper’s large photographs reveal the strength and individuality of the women, as well as the collective spirit of the enterprise they began. A small catalogue which includes a brief history of the founding of A.I.R. and bios of each of the Pioneers, written in their own words, accompanies the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 23, 5:00-7:30pm
In the Seltzer-Gerard Reading room
Caroline Richardson Hall next to the Newcomb Art building
Tulane University, Uptown Campus

The exhibition will be up from October 23 to December 31, 2014. It is part of Prospect 3 as a P3+ site.


Partnering with the New Orleans Film Society for the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

SCREENING: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of A People

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is  sponsoring a screening of Thomas Allen Harris's: Through the Lens Darkly, which explores the history of black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. 

The film assembles a community of photographers and artists—including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Glenn Ligon, to name a few—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what “blackness” is and who “black people” are. The film was inspired by photo-historian Deborah Willis’ ground-breaking publication, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present.

Director Thomas Allen Harris will be on hand for a brief Q&A after the screening.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA

Click here for tickets


Photo courtesy: Frances Dixon
The companion transmedia project to  Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and World1Family social media campaign, engages audiences to discover connections between their own family archives and the film’s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity.

This free family-friendly event features live interactions with the audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. Participants are encouraged to critically rethink how they read and interpret the welter of images they encounter, while also highlighting the significance of their own family photographs as historical artifacts in the making.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their family photographs.
Sponsored by New Orleans Photo Alliance
In partnership with the New Orleans Public Library African American Resource Center, Junebug Productions, and the Community Book Center

Sunday, October 19 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA


Tulane University Presents: Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration

Tulane University Presents:

Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration

Moderated by Edie Wolfe, Tulane University,
this event brings together Edmund Clark, a British photographer whose work documents spaces of confinement in the detention camps at GTMO and Katrina Andry and Deborah Luster, two New Orleans-based artists whose work addresses incarceration in Louisiana.  Esther Whitfield will discuss Cuban artistic representations of GTMO.

We hope the Guantanamo Public Memory Project will provide a complex portrait of GTMO's history and will raise questions about US-Cuban relations, human rights, national security, refugee policy, and the rule of law in today's society


Light Leaked: Highlights from: Slow Exposures

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Photography happenings in October

There is a lot of photography happening this Fall in New Orleans. Following is just a small portion of what our Members and Partner oranizations are up to in October.

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents:

Michael Alford, Shooting From The Hip: Mexico
October 2nd to October 30th, 2014 

Michael Alford
The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite  program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans presenting the photographic exhibition of artist Michael Alford.

Opening Reception, October 2, 2014, 6pm
 Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118
 New Orleans, LA 


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents:

Self-Processing – Instant Photography
October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015 

 David McCarty, Biloxi Hotel 2, 2008
Before the instantaneous gratification of digital photography there was instant film. Instant and Polaroid film made photography quick and accessible to all without having to rely on a darkroom or lab for film processing and printing. Self Processing – Instant Photography features a large and varied array of photographs shot with instant film. The exhibition will include photographs by Pinky Bass, Blake Boyd, Linda Burgess, Michael McCraw, Anna Tomczak and more.

Opening Reception: Saturday October 4, 6PM - 9PM
(Art for Arts’ Sake) 

Self Processing Gallery Talk with curator Richard McCabe

October 4, 2014
Special Event
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Photo Gallery, 3rd Floor 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Curator of Photography will lead a Gallery talk and walkthrough of the Self Processing: Instant Photography exhibition. He will cover subjects ranging from the history of Polaroid and instant film, instant film processes and the photographers included in the exhibition. A question and answer session will follow the gallery talk. 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street 
New Orleans, LA 

Contact: 504.539.9650 for more information for both events

Scott Edwards Gallery presents:

Anna Tomczak, Borrowed Relics - The Last of the Large Polaroid Transfers
Front Gallery: October 11th through November 30th
Back Gallery: December 6th through February 1st

Anna Tomczak

Opening Reception: October 11th, 7pm-12am (Artist will not be in Present)
Artist’s Reception: November 8th, 7pm-12am
Scott Edwards Gallery
2109 Decatur, street
New Orleans, LA


Four by Five, Juried by Steve Simmons, Publisher of View Camera Magazine

Les pleurotes by Robert Dutruch

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to present “Four by Five”, an exhibit showcasing four photographs by five photographers, all made with traditional view cameras. 

The exhibit will be on display at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery,  from September 6 , 2014 – November 23, 2014. 

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 6:00-9:00pm and a juror’s reception on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

The exhibit features works by Drew Bedo, a legally blind photographer from Houston, TX; Robert Dutruch, from Bush, LA, with his full plate collodion ambrotypes; Mark Dawson, from Camden, ME with intimate collodion-on-aluminum prints; Maria Levitsky, who recently completed her MFA at the University of New Orleans, showing 8x10 Palladium prints; and Nate Mathews from Bartlett, IL exhibiting modernist inkjet prints from 4x5 color negatives.

The juror, Steve Simmons, is publisher of View Camera Magazine, a bi-monthly publication that began in 1988, and is specifically aimed toward the large format photographer. Each issue provides in-depth interviews with portfolios by respected photographers, new and used equipment reviews, workshop listings, and articles providing technical information for the large format photographer that cannot be found in any other publication. Mr. Simmons is also the author of the book, Using the View Camera, A Creative Guide to Large Format Photography.

Four by Five

September 6 - November 23, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, October 4, 6 9pm
Juror’s reception Saturday, October 11, 6 - 9pm

Gallery open Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 4 or by appointment

1111 Saint Mary Street, New Orleans, LA

p: 504-264-1855 e: photoalliance@gmail.com www.neworleansphotoalliance.org 


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.