PhotoNOLA Seeks Volunteer Coordinator

PhotoNOLA is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to facilitate volunteer opportunities related to the ninth annual PhotoNOLA festival. The ideal candidate should have strong organizational and communication skills, an enthusiastic demeanor, and the ability to attend monthly committee meetings, work with committee chairs to identify volunteer needs, and communicate with volunteers to assign and oversee duties. A working knowledge of Google spreadsheets is required, and facility with any other volunteer organizing platforms is a plus. Responsibilities are most intense in early December, but will require attention from September through January.

Zack Smith, Gala at NOMA, PhotoNOLA 2013  (c) Samuel Portera

Zack Smith & raffle volunteers, Gala at NOMA, 2013 (c) Samuel Portera

PhotoNOLA is a volunteer run festival, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries, and alternative venues citywide. This unpaid position offers the chance to get involved with and make connections within our vibrant photo community. Interested parties should email a resume and a letter of intent to Jennifer Shaw at

Approaching Deadline: Clarence John Laughlin Award

Submissions for NOPA’s fifth annual Clarence John Laughlin Award close on Monday, August 25th.

Clarence John Laughlin - A Dream of Pearls, 1940-41

Clarence John Laughlin – A Dream of Pearls, 1940-41

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in 2010 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. Del Zogg, the manager of Works on Paper & Photography Collections at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX, is the juror.

The award is open to emerging and established photographers who reside in the U.S. The online application process requires a portfolio of 10-20 photographs, a written statement, a bio or CV, and a $25 application fee. NOPA will accept applications through August 25, 2014.

More information can be found here.
Application guidelines can be found here.
Submissions can be entered here.

About the Juror:
Del Zogg has held the position of Manager, Works on Paper & Photography Collections and Study Center at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston since 2002. The MFAH has a photography collection of over 30,000 images dating from 1840 to the present day. Prior to moving to Houston, Mr. Zogg worked for over 21 years at the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, NY. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Mr. Zogg has curated several exhibitions for the George Eastman House and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has participated in several FotoFest biennial events as a reviewer. He has also participated in portfolio reviews for the Houston Center for Photography, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, PhotoNOLA, and Photolucida’s Critical Mass.

Call for Entries: CURRENTS 2014

Terri Garland - Jena, LA (exhibited in CURRENTS 2013)

Terri Garland – Jena, LA (exhibited in CURRENTS 2013)

CURRENTS 2014: NOPA Members Showcase

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 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.

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Call for PhotoNOLA 2014 Exhibitions

The 9th annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place Dec. 4 – 7, 2014 in the city of New Orleans. We are currently seeking to establish exhibitions for the upcoming event!

Gerry Yaum exhibition at Zeigeist, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c)Thom Bennett

Gerry Yaum exhibition at Zeigeist, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c)Thom Bennett

Artists Seeking Venues

This form is for photographers interested in showing work in New Orleans this December, in conjunction with the festival. Deadline August 1, 2014.

Venues Seeking Artists
This form is for venues interested in hosting a photography exhibition this December, in conjunction with the festival. Deadline August 1, 2014.

Exhibitions Listing Form
This form is for already established exhibitions that will be showcasing photography during the festival and wish to be included in this year’s festival guide. Deadline August 15, 2014.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the festival, please share and complete the appropriate form by August 1 if seeking a pairing, and NO LATER THAN AUG. 15, 2014 for completed exhibitions listings.

Please contact Mallory Taylor, PhotoNOLA Exhibitions Coordinator:

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PhotoNOLA 2014 – Save the Dates!

The PhotoNOLA 2014 festival will take place December 4-7, 2014.

Portfolio Reviews will take place on Friday, Dec 5 + Saturday, Dec 6, book-ended by our Education Day, Keynote & Gala on Thursday, Dec 4, and another fabulous Museum Day on Sunday, Dec 7.

We are delighted to be working with the International House Hotel again as our home base for the Portfolio Reviews. Group rates will be the same as last year.

We plan to announce the list of reviewers by August 1st, and open review registration on Thursday, September 4th (10am Central Time).

Updated exhibitions listings forms are coming soon.

Image credit: Bootsy Holler PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum, 2013

Ogden Exhibition: Into the Light II

Roland L. Freeman - Shopping on Gay Street, East Baltimore, MD

Roland L. Freeman – Shopping on Gay Street, East Baltimore, MD

This exhibition will highlight many rare and previously unseen photographs from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection, featuring 32 photographs dating from 1864 to the present. Included will be works by: Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.

March 20 – October 12, 2014
Opening Reception: March 20, 2014, 6-8pm
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
[Gallery 403]

Curator of Photography, Richard McCabe, will be in the gallery during the opening on Thursday night to welcome visitors and answer questions.

Featured image:
Roland L. Freeman – Shopping on Gay Street, East Baltimore, MD
Gelatin Silver Print
Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

PhotoNOLA 2013 Review Prize Winners Announced

After the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews conclude, each reviewer is asked to select three outstanding projects. This year Elizabeth Stone, Walker Pickering and Lee Deigaard were chosen from among seventy photographers who attended the reviews.

Elizabeth Stone - Meats 5

Elizabeth Stone – Meats 5

Elizabeth Stone received the most votes, earning her the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which includes a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during the ninth annual PhotoNOLA, a cash award of $1000, and a marketing consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson. 2nd Place winner, Walker Pickering, and 3rd Place winner, Lee Deigaard, are recognized with image galleries on the PhotoNOLA website.

WalkerPickering - Esprit de Corps, Rifles

Walker Pickering – Esprit de Corps, Rifles

Lee Deigaard - Wake

Lee Deigaard – Wake

NOMA Photography Curators Panel

Lewis Wickes Hine – Mechanic and Steam Pump, circa 1930. New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase, 74.84

Lewis Wickes Hine – Mechanic and Steam Pump, circa 1930. New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase, 74.84

This Friday, the New Orleans Museum of Art presents a special panel discussion on Photography at NOMA, featuring curator Russell Lord in conversation with NOMA’s previous curators of photography and NOMA Director Emeritus E. John Bullard.

Photography at NOMA: Past and Present
A panel discussion featuring all six past NOMA photography curators:

Ron Todd
Tina Freeman
Nancy Barrett
Steven Maklansky
Diego Cortez
Director Emeritus E. John Bullard

Moderated by Russell Lord, NOMA’s Freeman Family Curator of Photographs.

Photography at NOMA closes this Sunday, January 19, 2014.

New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124

Call for Submissions: PhotoNOLA Slideshow

We’re delighted to issue an open call for submissions, in partnership with Cathedral Creative, for our upcoming slideshow event. A selection of juried and invitational projects will be projected L’Entrepot Gallery on the evening of Dec 15th, celebrating the culmination of the 2013 festival.


Interested photographers should digitally submit a collection of 10-20 photographs in JPEG format, scaled at 1280×800 (150 ppi) packaged in a ZIP file.

Sethasak Boonchai, President, New Orleans Photo Alliance
Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Loc Pham, Creative Director, Cathedral Creative Studios

Deadline: Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Notification: Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Event: Sunday, Dec 15, 2013, 5-8pm

$5 submission fee.
Enter here:

Photographers should digitally submit a collection of 10-20 photographs in JPEG format, scaled at 1280×800 (150 ppi).

* Horizontal images should be sized at 1280 pixels wide at 150ppi.
* Vertical or square images should be 800 pixels tall at 150ppi.

Jpeg must include artists name and image title in the file name, and should be numbered sequentially in the order you wish them to appear. Please use the following format:

Place jpegs in a folder named with your first and last name and the series title (ie. John Doe – Series Title). Save folder as a ZIP file.

Pay entry fee at then proceed to next page to enter contact information and upload your submission.

2013 Collectors Club Print

PhotoNOLA is thrilled to announce a new fundraising initiative, the PhotoNOLA Collectors Club. Each year the festival will partner with a photographic artist to offer a limited edition print for sale. All proceeds will benefit festival programming.

Jenny Bagert and Josephine Sacabo preparing PhotoNOLA 2013 Collectors Club Prints

Jenny Bagert and Josephine Sacabo preparing 2013 Collectors Club prints

Las Estrellas, the inaugural Collectors Club print, is from Josephine Sacabo’s Nocturnes series. Created exclusively for supporters of PhotoNOLA, the edition is an archival pigment print, featuring a 9×7 inch image size on 12×10 inch hot press, cotton rag paper. The edition is limited to 100 prints, plus five artist proofs. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist, in pencil en verso.

Prints are now available through the PhotoNOLA website, for $100 plus shipping:


Josephine Sacabo is an internationally renowned artist, who divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. She is recognized for her subjective, introspective style, and frequently draws upon poetry as the inspiration for her work. “We dream in images. Images are at the most basic level of our true psychic reality. Our dreams are the metaphorical pictures of our individual realities,” says Sacabo about her Nocturnes series. “I photograph things not as I ‘see’ them but rather as I might have ‘dreamt’ them.” Sacabo was the keynote speaker for PhotoNOLA 2011.

Josephine Sacabo - Las Estrellas

Josephine Sacabo – Las Estrellas

PhotoNOLA is delighted to offer patrons and supporters the opportunity to own an original Josephine Sacabo print. The Collectors Club will replace the previous auction as the festival’s annual fundraising platform.