NOPA accepting Michael P. Smith Grant Applications through March 30

Brandon Thibodeaux - Mississippi 662

Michael P. Smith Fund Accepting Applications for $5,000 Grant
 through March 30, 2015

The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) is currently accepting applications for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) 2015 grant. This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, awards one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project. We are proud to announce our 2015 juror, Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications through March 30, 2015. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at  http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
The MPS Fund, founded in 2008, is proud to have supported the work of five documentary photographers: Jonathon Traviesa (New Orleans, LA); Scott Dalton (Houston, TX); Kael Alford (Dallas, TX); Andrew Kaufman (Miami, FL) and Brandon Thibodeaux (Dallas, TX).

As Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, Ms. Reynes supports independent photographers to cover under-reported stories and imagine innovative means for distribution and engagement. She is also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Emma holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research and completed a Hine Documentary Fellowship at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is comprised of a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. It is an artist-run 501(c)3 nonprofit which currently includes more nearly 400 members from across Louisiana and throughout the United States. NOPA sponsors numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, and coordinates PhotoNOLA, an annual photography festival in New Orleans.


Call for Members' Work

(c) Marc Pagani Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit images for a slideshow which will be projected at the Eiffel Society Pay-It-Forward Happy Hour on March 11th. At this mixer, on the eve of the SPE National Conference, a slideshow featuring NOPA members' work will be looping throughout the night.

To have your work included, please submit 5 to 10 images in the following format:

Jpegs sized to fit 1600 x 1045 @ 150dpi

(If you want to display your image uncropped, make the HEIGHT 1045 px. Your image will be displayed with grey borders)

Name the files accordingly:
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_001 (002, 003, etc.)

Use wetransfer.com to send your files to: seth@neworleansphotoalliance.org

In the message area of wetransfer.com please include your name (as you wish it to appear on the slide) and a website address or email to be shown on slide.

Jane P. Doe

Deadline for submissions is midnight CST, Wednesday March 4, 2015.

Do NOT email files directly, they will rejected.

Not a NOPA member? Membership lapsed?
Simply join or re-up before submitting your files:

RSVP for the happy hour event here.


Pay It Forward Happy Hour: Eiffel Society, March 11

On March 11th – the eve of the 2015 SPE National Conference in New Orleans – Eiffel Society will host a Pay It Forward Happy Hour benefiting the New Orleans Photo Alliance.

NOPA and SPE members, and all who love photography or appreciate a good cocktail, are invited to attend. There is no cover charge.

Once a part of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, during the 1940’s, Eiffel Society is a contemporary arts & entertainment venue on St. Charles Avenue. Their weekly “Pay it Forward” Happy Hour Series donates 20% of proceeds to New Orleans’ great non-profits.

Pay it Forward Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 11th
Featuring DJ Swamp Boogie

Eiffel Society | 2040 St. Charles Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70130


OPENING: Mexico, World Heritage Cities

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the photographic exhibition

Mexico, World Heritage Cities
 January 22nd to February 15th,  2015

The Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico
901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 118,  New Orleans
Opening reception on January 22nd, 2015 at 6:00pm


AT THE OGDEN: Mark Steinmetz: South

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents
Mark Steinmetz: South.
 January 17, 2015 through May 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday January 17, 2015 – 6:00–8:00pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm

Mark Steinmetz – Off Interstate 40, Knoxville 1993

Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the traditional boundaries of documentary, street, and fine art photography. Photographing almost exclusively in black and white, Steinmetz explores the fragile and sublime visual tapestry of everyday life, where the mundane and banal become elevated to the exquisite through the lens of his camera. Mark Steinmetz: South will include photographic selections from three of his books published by Nazraeli Press – South East, South Central and Greater Atlanta, along with a compilation of new and unseen work.

The artist will be present for the exhibition opening on January 17th (from 6 to 8pm)  and will lead a gallery talk on Sunday, January 18th at 1pm.

Admission for each event is $10/ free for Ogden members.


LECTURE: Eva Díaz at Tulane University

Pelican Bomb, BURNAWAY and Tulane University Present
A Lecture with Eva Díaz 

Thursday, January 15 at 6:30 pm 
Freeman Auditorium
 Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

Díaz is a writer, art critic, and art historian at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, Díaz’s writings have appeared in magazines and journals such as Artforum, Art Journal, Art-Agenda, Art in America, Cabinet, Frieze, Grey Room, Modern Painters, and October, as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and anthologies. In 2012, she was awarded a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her book-in-progress, The Fuller Effect: The Critique of Design in Postwar Art. Her book, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College, was published in December 2014 by the University of Chicago Press.

Eva Díaz is the second critic to visit New Orleans as part of Pelican Bomb's innovative dual-city residency program. Created in partnership with BURNAWAY in Atlanta, the program invites three critics from throughout the country to travel to New Orleans and Atlanta for weeklong stays. Designed for the critic who prioritizes connection, discussion, and community engagement, residents spend their time in each city connecting with local artists, writers, institutions, and their publics.

The Critic-in-Residence program in New Orleans is generously supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambent Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

For more information:   call: 504.865.5361 | email: bbox@tulane.edu


Opportunities from CENTER

CENTER is seeking submissions for the juried portfolio review event, Review Santa Fe, happening JUNE 11-14, 2015.

Considered one of the most important events for photographers who seek career advancement, Review Santa Fe is designed to facilitate relationships between photographers and leading industry professionals looking for new work.

Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain, up to 100 photographers meet with up to 45 of today's most relevant and esteemed reviewers comprised of curators, editors, publishers, gallerists and others who can offer professional development advice and opportunities.

Review Santa Fe is the premier international juried portfolio event designed to maximize outcomes. Full Scholarships Available.


CENTER has an open international photographic Call for Submissions for the Project Launch, a prestigious award that supports photographic projects.

The Project Launch is granted to an outstanding photographer working in fine art series or documentary project. The grant includes a cash award to help complete or disseminate the works, as well as providing a platform for exposure and professional development opportunities.

This grant is awarded to complete or nearly completed projects that would benefit from the grant award package.

Anne M. Lyden, International Photography Curator, National Galleries of Scotland
Bernadette Tuazon, Senior Photo Editor, CNN Digital
John Woody, Publisher, Twin Palms Publishers

 Award includes: 
Two Exhibitions
Professional Development package  ...and more


PhotoNOLA 2014 App

There's a new PhotoNOLA App to help you navigate your festival experience.
Free downloads are available now.

The Web App version can be used on any device with a browser, 
i.e. Windows Phone, BlackBerry, laptops.


Call fro Art: Landscape

© Chris Bennett
Plates to Pixels announces an open call for Landscapes of many kinds. The juror is Christopher Bennett is a photographer, curator, and photo educator living in Portland Oregon.  His work experience includes the George Eastman House, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Photo-eye Books & Gallery.   Chris founded and was the Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography from 2002 to 2014.

All photographers are welcome to submit. Mr. Bennett is seeking work that falls into the sublime-mysterious landscape category.

Entry Guidelines
Submit up to 10 images. Please submit JPEG image only – minimum size 1000 pixels on the longest side, 72 ppi, RGB.
Submission Fee:
$1 per image.
December 12th (midnight PST)
Show runs through the end of January 2015 at platestopixels.com.

Best of Show: $50, print catalog (and a surprise). Juror’s Awards, Founder’s Awards and Honorable Mentions all receive complimentary print catalogs (and a surprise).

For complete instructions and to enter follow this link: Plates to Pixels: LANDscape


Members News: Tina Freeman Book Signings

Congratulations to NOPA member Tina Freeman on the launch of her new book, Artist Spaces. You can catch her to get a signed copy at one or more of the following events:

Garden District Books - November 11th (6-7:30pm)
New Orleans Book Festival - November 15th (2:30-4-30pm)
Maple Street Books - November 19th (6pm)
Faulkner House Words and Music Festival – November 20th (10:30am)
NOAC - November 20th (6pm)
PhotoNOLA at Old U.S. Mint - December 7th (5:30-6:30pm)
HNOC – December 20th (2-4pm)


Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographer Program 2015

The Volunteer Photographer Program is a community outreach project of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Archive. The mission of the program is to provide documentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell for the Foundation Archive. This documentation goes beyond the stages and music to include the “internal culture” of Jazz Fest- the food, art, culture and people who attend the festival. These other aspects are crucial in making Jazz Fest an annual success.
The program joins photographers, from a variety of backgrounds, with the Festival and Archive to provide the unique experience of photographing the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Volunteer Photographers must be at least 18 years of age. 
Festival Dates: April 24-26 and April 30, May 1-3, 2015

Applicant categories:


Position Description & Requirements

  • Volunteer Photographers must be able to manage and edit hundreds or even thousands of digital images and understand that the work of photographing the Jazz Fest is physically demanding.
  • Photographers often walk many miles a day around the Fair Grounds Race Course and are responsible for their own photography gear. 
  • There can often be a variety of weather conditions - rain (lots of mud) or shine (lots of dust) and in potentially *very* hot weather.

Selected volunteer photographers are responsible for providing the Archive with the images taken at the festival. Without all submissions there will be an historical gap in the documentation of the 2015 festival. Any photographer who does not submit their images will not be in good standing with the Foundation. 

Juried Process
A three-person jury of photographers will select photographers based on the following criteria:
Artistic Merit (60%)
Experience photographing live cultural events and/or professional reliability (40%)

How to Apply
Set up a profile at http://www.callforentry.org
The application can be found in the Call For Entry listings under “New Orleans Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers” beginning Monday, November 3, 2014 and the deadline to apply is Sunday, November 30, 2014. 
Direct all questions to archive@jazzandheritage.org

No more than 150 applications can be accepted.


The Posse: Time, Place, and Eternity: Flannery O’Connor and the Craft of Photography

A huge thanks to Aline Smithson and Lenscratch for this wonderful (and thorough) article on this exhibition at Slow exposures.

just a tease...
One of the highlights of the SlowExposures Festival was the Posse’s exhibition, Time, Place, and Eternity: Flannery O’Connor and the Craft of Photography. The exhibition was constructed in Christine Curry’s horse barn as part of the Friday night soiree held at her home to celebrate the ShowExposures Festival. We arrived just as the sun was setting and in the distance was a stately home surrounded by big trees filled with strings of light. After picking up a cocktail, we made our way to the horse barn where the remarkable collective, The Posse, consisting of some of the most innovative and creative Southern photographers: Anne Berry, Ann George, Bryce Lankard, Lori Vrba, and S. Gayle Stevens, had crafted one of the most interesting and innovative exhibitions I’ve seen in a long while.
...click the link to read more and visit Lenscratch.


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