Call for Entries: CATALYST

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The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers to submit images that celebrate, investigate, and/or explore the theme “Catalyst” for a juried exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. This exhibition will focus on themes of rebirth, rejuvenation, and transformation, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of post-Katrina New Orleans and the idea that prolific creation can come from destruction. Emphasis on images that focus on positive change, growth, and resilience are encouraged. Any and all interpretations of “Catalyst” will be reviewed for exhibition.

Juror: Alan F. Rothschild, Jr.
Submission Deadline: July 20th
Exhibition Dates: August 29th – November 15th
Submission Fee: $35
Submit Here

About the Juror:
Alan F. Rothschild, Jr. is the Founder and President of The Do Good Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Columbus, Georgia. Since its founding in 2012, the Fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography, including works by emerging photographers. The Do Good Fund’s mission is to make its collection broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues, and to encourage complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition.

Exhibition Timeline
Submissions deadline: July 20th
Notification to entrants: July 31st
Receipt of accepted works: August 21st
Exhibition opens: August 29th
Artists reception with the Juror: Sept 5th
Exhibition closes: November 15th

Header images by: Mario Tama, David Rae Morris, Andy Levin, Vanessa Sanborn, JT Blatty

$25,000 Matching Grant Challenge

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Nearly 10 years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a group of photographers and civic-minded individuals came together and discussed a common goal—to advance photography in the region and to help New Orleans. By the end of that meeting, the New Orleans Photo Alliance had established its roots and formalized its mission: to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography while providing a cultural stimulus in the effort to rebuild the Crescent City.

Today, the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is asking you to be a part of the next big step in its history. Our goal is to hire an Executive Director to lead the organization into the next decade, and we need your help.

Since its inception, NOPA has been staffed and operated by volunteers. We are thrilled to announce that a patron who cares deeply about the arts in New Orleans has pledged a $25,000 Matching Grant to help the New Orleans Photo Alliance fund its first full-time, salaried position.

Our goal is to raise an additional $25,000 in the next month.

NOPA serves over 300 members from across the United States, has hosted over 50 photographic exhibitions, and has awarded $55,000 in grants to emerging and established photographers through the annual Michael P. Smith Grant and Clarence John Laughlin Award. This December, NOPA will host its 10th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival, a city-wide celebration of photography that has become a prime destination for artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and professionals in the field. Your generosity has been essential to making all of this possible.

Now through July 15, your donation to NOPA will go twice as far.
Click here to DOUBLE Your DONATION today!

Please help us seize this incredible opportunity by supporting our first major fundraising campaign. NOPA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all gifts constitute charitable donations for tax purposes.

This is a very exciting moment for the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and the entire NOPA family wants to thank you in advance for helping make this long time dream a reality.

Let’s take NOPA to the next level together!

Image credits: Nancy Newberry, Frank Hamrick, Brandon Thibodeaux, Aline Smithson, Ellen Susan, Christa Blackwood, E2, Walker Pickering

NOPA logo by Tom Varisco
PhotoNOLA logo by Jeff Louviere

NOPA’s 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is currently accepting submissions for the 6th annual Clarence John Laughlin Award, which recognizes a fine art photographer who is creating or has completed a significant body of photographic work.

Juror: Dr. Carol McCusker
Deadline: July 15
Guidelines Here

0518The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) 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. Dr. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art, will serve as this year’s 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.

About Dr. Carol McCusker
Dr. Carol McCusker is Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville. From 2001-2010, she was Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego where she also taught the history of photography as an Adjunct Professor at UCSD and USD. She has curated over 35 exhibitions. McCusker received her MA and PhD in art history with a concentration in the history of photography at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, studying with Beaumont Newhall, Eugenia Parry Janis and Geoff Batchen. McCusker’s Master’s Thesis was on the influence of Clarence John Laughlin’s massive library on his photography; John Lawrence of the Historic New Orleans Collection was on her thesis committee. Other examples of her writing can be found in: Paul Outerbridge (Taschen); Phil Stern: A Life’s Work (powerHouse); Terry Falke: Observations in an Occupied Wilderness (Chronicle); James Fee -The Peleliu Project (Seraphin); Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism (MoPA); Jennifer Karady: Soldiers’ Stories (SF Camerawork), and Uelsmann Untitled – A Retrospective (Univ Press of FL), among others. From 2008 to 2011, McCusker was staff writer for Color and B&W magazines. Her awards include the Beaumont Newhall Dissertation Award, UNM; an NEA Internship Award; the Ansel Adams Research Fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography, UA/Tucson; and the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writing Workshop. She has juried numerous photography competitions, most notably the 2010 ICP Infinity Award with Chris Boot and Peter MacGill.

About the New Orleans Photo Alliance
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.

Save the Dates!

We’re currently planning events for PhotoNOLA 2015, the 10th Annual Festival of Photography in New Orleans. Please mark your calendars and save the dates: December 10-13, 2015

PhotoNOLA 2014 Portfolio Review © David Armentor

PhotoNOLA 2014 Portfolio Review © David Armentor

Look for a refreshed website with a list of this year’s portfolio reviewers on August 1.

Review registration will open on Thursday, September 3 at 10am CST.

Jeremiah Ariaz talking with Donna Pinckley, Cole Pratt Gallery, PhotoNOLA 2014 ©David Armentor

Jeremiah Ariaz talking with Donna Pinckley, Cole Pratt Gallery, PhotoNOLA 2014 ©David Armentor

We are now accepting exhibition proposals for the festival. Artists who are interested in exhibiting in New Orleans during PhotoNOLA can submit information about their projects here through July 1. If we find an appropriate venue interested in hosting your work we will put you in touch with them.

Additional juried show opportunities will be posted as details become available. (There will be calls for the annual CURRENTS and Magdelena exhibitions, and possibly others.)

Venues who would like to be matched with artists should fill out this form by August 1.

If you’re organizing a photo based exhibition in conjunction with the festival, please fill out our Exhibitions Listing Form by August 15 to be included in festival guide and promotions.

Thank you for your interest in the PhotoNOLA Festival! We hope you’ll join us in December.

Call for PhotoNOLA 2015 Exhibitions

The 10th annual PhotoNOLA festival will take place Dec. 10-13, 2015 in the city of New Orleans. We are currently seeking to establish exhibitions for the upcoming event!

Barrister's Gallery, PhotoNOLA 2013  (c) Samuel Portera

Barrister’s Gallery, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c) Samuel Portera

Artists Seeking Venues

This form is for photographers interested in showing work in New Orleans this December, in conjunction with the festival. Deadline July 1, 2015.

Venues Seeking Artists
This form is for venues interested in hosting a photography exhibition this December, in conjunction with the festival. Deadline August 1, 2015.

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, 2015.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the festival, please share and complete the appropriate form by July 1 (artists) / August 1 (venues) if seeking a pairing, and NO LATER THAN AUG. 15, 2015 for completed exhibitions listings.

Please contact Mallory Taylor, PhotoNOLA Exhibitions Coordinator:

Ogden Museum presents The Rising

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Jonathan Traviesa – from the Day Laborer Portraits Series

The Rising

May 23, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm

OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART presents The Rising, an exhibition which celebrates the renewal and rebirth of New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst disasters in American history, and examines how art and photography were central to the revitalization of the city.

In both rebuilding the local culture and its rendition to the world the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the first arts institution in New Orleans to open after the storm; the New Orleans Photo Alliance, formed in 2006; and Prospect.1, a city-wide arts exhibition organized in 2008, a collective arts movement fostered a creative outlet that helped the community recover and begin the process of healing. Attracted by the lure of a city often called the most unique in the U.S., young photographers flocked to New Orleans and infused their creativity and vision into a place already known for its incomparable culture.

The Rising will highlight the work of eleven young photographers: David Armentor, Vanessa Centeno, AnnieLaurie Erickson, L. Kasimu Harris, Sophie Lvoff, Tammy Mercure, Christina Molina, Colin Roberson, Jennifer Shaw, Jonathan Traviesa, and William Widmer.

Tammy Mercure

Tammy Mercure

The exhibition will showcase photographers who came to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, as well as photographers who were in the city before the storm. Two of the newcomers include Sophie Lvoff and Tammy Mercure, who both make large color photographs that celebrate the effervescence of New Orleans through the fresh eyes of transplants. Jonathan Traviesa and Jennifer Shaw were photographing New Orleans before the storm; however, the post-Katrina environment has transformed the direction of their work. Traviesa, who previously photographed young bohemians of New Orleans, has refocused his work on the changing demographics of the city by photographing Latino day laborers. Shaw’s work has taken a more personal direction since the storm and now features her growing family.

The Rising is a celebration of the new and vital photographic community of this city, which has exploded in the ten years since Hurricane Katrina,” said Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum, “The exhibition features young and emerging photographers living and working in New Orleans. Many of these photographers have moved here in the past decade and were drawn to the beauty, culture, and charm of the city. New Orleans shares a long, storied history with photography and The Rising showcases the photographers of the present and future who will continue to make New Orleans an epicenter for creativity in America.”

“I am very excited to be included with this group of photographers,” remarked Tammy Mercure, a photographer featured in The Rising, “New Orleans is a great place to be an artist – there aren’t many rules here, but there is an obligation to your neighbors.”

“One of the silver linings of Katrina has been the strengthening of creative communities in New Orleans through artist-led initiatives and collectives,” explained Jennifer Shaw, an artist featured in The Rising, “It’s exciting to be a photographer here and now, with so many rich opportunities for collaboration and feedback among the many talented artists who reside here.”

About the Ogden
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events, and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999 and in Stephen Goldring Hall since 2003, the Museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

The Ogden Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10AM-5PM and also on Thursdays from 6-8PM for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $12.50 for adults, $10 to seniors 65 and older, $6.25 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10AM-5PM courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

Syndey Byrd Exhibition at Jazz Fest

Syndey Byrd - Professor Longhair at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 1980

Syndey Byrd – Professor Longhair at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 1980

For more than forty years, Syndey Byrd documented Louisiana’s unique cultural rituals and iconic music scene. Her legacy includes over 50,000 images, and an exhibition drawn from her archive will be presented at Jazz Fest. Curated by Jenny Bagert and Sienna Pinderhughes, the exhibition will be on view in the grandstand from April 24 – May 3, 2015.

New Orleans Heart and Soul: The Legacy of Syndey Byrd

Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on July 3, 1944, Syndey was crowned the local Miss Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) before earning a B.A. in painting at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to work in interior design. After five years of life in New York, she embarked on a two-year journey across the United States and Canada by car before ultimately moving to New Orleans in the mid-1970s.

Syndey Byrd - Members of the Olympia Brass Band, 1981

Syndey Byrd – Members of the Olympia Brass Band, 1981

However, it was a chance meeting with Ernst Haas (1921-1986), the noted Austrian photojournalist and pioneer of color photography that transformed Byrd’s photographic practices and perspective. Haas’s decade-long mentorship with Syndey helped unite her aesthetics and documentary approach, creating a world of seductive color and graceful intimacy that embodies the joie de vivre of New Orleans’ culture.

Syndey Byrd - The Funeral of Professor Longhair, 1980

Syndey Byrd – The Funeral of Professor Longhair, 1980

From the mid-1970s to the present, New Orleans has served as Byrd’s adoptive emotional and creative home. Although her work has been exhibited internationally and featured as the subject of numerous books, magazines, and documentary films, one of the artist’s proudest moments is being crowned “Queen for Life” in 2009 by the Backsteppers, a photographer-based Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

As both participant and witness to the cultural rituals and practices that define New Orleans, Byrd’s passion and commitment are readily demonstrated in the way she has documented and reimagined New Orleans for generations to come.

Syndey Byrd - Joseph "Big Joe" Williams & Roosevelt Sykes, c. 1980

Syndey Byrd – Joseph “Big Joe” Williams & Roosevelt Sykes, c. 1980

For more information about the Syndey Byrd Archive please contact the
New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation.
504-415-3514 |

Image information:
Members of the Olympia Brass Band
(left to right) Fred Lonzo, Richard “King” Matthews, Harold Dejan

New Orleans, 1981

Professor Longhair at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
New Orleans, 1980

The Funeral of Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd)
New Orleans, 1980

Joseph “Big Joe” Williams & Roosevelt Sykes
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, c. 1980

Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk exhibition at NOPA

Henry Horenstein - Jerry Lee Lewis, Ramada Inn Boston, Massachusetts

Henry Horenstein – Jerry Lee Lewis, Ramada Inn Boston, Massachusetts

Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music

New Orleans Photo Alliance
April 23 – May 31, 2015
Opening Reception/Book Signing: Thursday April 23rd, 6:30-9pm

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to present Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, an exhibition by acclaimed photographer Henry Horenstein. The work will be on display from April 23 through May 31, 2015, with an opening and book signing on April 23rd from 6:30 to 9pm.

Honky Tonk is a collection of photographs taken between 1968 and 2010 that document the changing world of country music and its fans. Shot in bars, music ranches and famous venues like Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Horenstein not only shows us the performers on stage, but also the dedication and love the fans have for the performers and the music. Of the project Horenstein says, “all along, in my historian’s mind, I always saw this as a disappearing world that I wanted to preserve on film.” As such, Horenstein began this project at a time when he saw the world of country music changing, and wanted to capture it as it was before it turned into the big-business that it is today. “I expect that everyone will remember mega stars like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, but I wonder: Will they remember Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, or, for that matter, Hillbilly Tex? These pictures were made in hopes that they will,” says Horenstein.

Additional events include a portfolio review with Henry and workshop. More information about all events may be found at:

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon-4pm

About Henry Horenstein
Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he is now professor of photography. Henry’s work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books, including Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual, and Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art-school students as their introduction to photography. He has also published several monographs of his own work, including Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. His recent film Spoke has been screened at several venues, including the Austin Film Festival and the Alexandria Film Festival. Henry lives in Boston.

About the New Orleans Photo Alliance
The New Orleans Photo Alliance was formed by a diverse group of photographers in 2006 to foster community and opportunities for photographers in the Gulf South. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography. NOPA currently serves more than 350 members from Louisiana and throughout the United States. Since its inception, NOPA has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December in New Orleans. NOPA administers two annual $5000 grants: the Michael P.Smith Fund for Documentary Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award.

Henry Horenstein Workshop

Henry Horenstein - Last Call, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee, 1974

Henry Horenstein – Last Call, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee, 1974

New Orleans Photo Alliance Workshop

Exploring Frenchmen Street with Henry Horenstein

April 25 and 26, 2015
April 27 – Public Presentation of work at NOPA Gallery
Fee: $200
NOPA members receive discount for workshop. Please email for the code.

Join Henry Horenstein for a two day workshop on Frenchmen Street during the first weekend of Jazzfest. The main purpose of the workshop is to explore how your work connects and how to develop your own unique vision. Henry will talk about working on projects, working for a specific purpose (books, exhibition, etc.), and making a career in photography. Anything else class attendees want to discuss, whether philosophical, creative, professional or technical is on the table as well.

Henry Horenstein has worked as a photographer, teacher and author since the early 1970s. He is the author of over 30 books, including a series of photographic textbooks that have been used by hundreds of thousands of students over the past 30 years. In 2003, Chronicle Books published Honky Tonk, Horenstein’s documentary survey of country music during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Honk Tonk was also presented as an exhibition by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2006. His work has been collected by many institutions including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Library of Congress; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Henry Horenstein currently lives in Boston and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will be presenting a solo show of Horenstein’s Honky Tonk images, opening on Thursday, April 23 and running through May 31, 2015.

Saturday, April 25 – Meet at the NOPA Gallery from 2-5pm. Henry will give a brief overview of his work and approach. There will also be an informal portfolio review and viewing of participant work. Participants will then meet on Frenchmen Street (location TBD) at 6pm and from 6:30 to 9:30 Henry will be available to help guide with the shooting.
Sunday, April 26 – Henry will meet with the class to view work, critique and discuss Saturday’s shoot. We will also discuss issues of sequencing, publishing and promoting work in the 21st century.
Monday April 27 – participants will give a public presentation at the NOPA gallery showcasing their work from Frenchmen Street.

Debbie Fleming Caffery at Octavia Gallery

Debbie Fleming Caffery - Gangster, 2011, Gelatin silver print

Debbie Fleming Caffery – Gangster, 2011, Gelatin silver print

Debbie Fleming Caffery: Southern Work

Octavia Art Gallery
April 11 – May 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 11, 6-8pm

Octavia Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition with Louisiana-based artist Debbie Fleming Caffery. Southern Work will bring together two distinct series that have been pivotal subjects for Caffery throughout her career, Louisiana sugar cane harvests and rural communities throughout north Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as a recent project inspired by her grandchildren.

Caffery has been featured in many solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Caffery is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a Katrina Media Fellowship, Open Society Institute, George Soros Foundation in 2006, and the first Lou Stoumen Mid Career Grant from the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego in 1996. Her work is included in prominent collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

From the gallery press release:

Growing up in Louisiana, Caffery was exposed to the distinct and strongly rooted Cajun and African-American communities of the region, absorbing these cultures into her heart and imagination. It is through this lens that the artist was drawn to documenting the seasonal sugar cane harvest. Caffery has been exploring this subject matter since the 1970s and for this exhibition she has printed never-before-seen images from that time period along with images from more recent shoots. While the process of sugar cane harvesting is intense, dangerous and industrial, Caffery achieves a balance of strength and tenderness, darkness and light through her expert employment of shadow, contrast and mysterious composition. The results are a “visual articulation of an emotional and sensual response to stories heard and the smells and sounds in the environment.”

Connected to her sugar cane harvest series, Caffery has also been exploring small rural communities throughout north Louisiana and Mississippi since 1987. Returning to the same areas throughout many years, she has forged strong relationships with her subjects and an understanding of place. It is because of her repeat visits that Caffery has been able to illustrate and capture the changing economic and socio-political landscape of these towns. Many of these communities have lost industry in their area and have fallen victim to the impacts of modernization, leaving people jobless and rendering once thriving communities abandoned. Caffery has a way of capturing that sadness, loss and austerity that feels transcendent and profound.

The third body of work included in the exhibition is a project Caffery has been working on of personal objects and spaces that will be turned into a children’s book. The images have an expository nature and strong sense of narrative.