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 | office@NOMAF.org

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: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org

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 della@neworleansphotoalliance.org for the code.
REGISTER HERE

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.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
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.

Call for Submissions: NOPA Slideshow

 © 2010 Marc Pagani Photography

© 2010 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.

ex:
Jane P. Doe
www.janedoe.net

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:
www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/membership

RSVP for the happy hour event here.

March Photo Shows

Here’s a round up of some great photography exhibitions that will be on view in New Orleans this March, coinciding with the SPE National Conference.

Maggie Taylor - Time Traveler, 2014

Maggie Taylor – Time Traveler, 2014


A Gallery for Fine Photography
Jerrry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor: Sir Analog and Lady Digital
Hours: Thurs-Mon 10am-6pm
www.agallery.com
241 Chartres Street, 70130
504-568-1313
Reception & Book Signing: Saturday, March 14, 6 – 8pm

José A. Zabalgoitia - from the series 34K FT

José A. Zabalgoitia – from the series 34K FT


Art Gallery of The Consulate of Mexico
34K FT: Photographs from 34,000 feet
by Mexican Ambassador José A. Zabalgoitia

Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm
www.culturalagendaoftheconsulateofmexico.blogspot.com
901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 118, 70130
(Entrance on Andrew Higgins Street)
504-528-3722
February 19th to March 15th, 2015

Gordon Stettinius and Terry Brown - Perm, 2008, from the Mangini Studio series

Gordon Stettinius and Terry Brown – Perm, 2008, from the Mangini Studio series


Boyd Satellite Gallery
Gallery 2: Gordon Stettinius/Terry Brown, Andres Serrano, Jeremy Kidd, Richard McCabe
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 5pm
www.boydsatellitegallery.com
440 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-581-2440

David Armentor - Sunrise at the Cooling Ponds, Cajun Mill, 2012

David Armentor – Sunrise at the Cooling Ponds, Cajun Mill, 2012


Cole Pratt Gallery
Selections from Wallace Merritt, David Armentor, and George Havard Yerger
Hours: Tues- Sat 10am – 5pm
www.coleprattgallery.com
3800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
504-891-6789
Exhibition runs through March 28th

Jane Fulton Alt - from the series Look and Leave

Jane Fulton Alt – from the series Look and Leave


Guthrie Contemporary
- Jane Fulton Alt: Look and Leave
- Jennifer Shaw: The Space Between
Hours: Tue–Sat 10am-5pm
www.guthriecontemporary.com
3815 Magazine St, 70115
504-897-2688
Opening: Saturday, March 7, 6-8pm
Artist Talks & Book Signing: Sunday, March 15, 2pm

Michael Pajon - Dr. Swift's Cure For Hysteria

Michael Pajon – Dr. Swift’s Cure For Hysteria


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Michael Pajon: Palimpsest
Hours: Mon – Sat 10am-5pm, and by appointment
www.jonathanferraragallery.com
400a Julia Street, 70130
504-522-5471
Exhibition on view through March 28

Nell Campbell - Watermelon Bay, 2011

Nell Campbell – Watermelon Bay, 2011


Kevin Gillentine Gallery
Nell Campbell: Duck Blinds
www.kevingillentine.com
Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am to 5pm
3917 Magazine Street, 70115
504-891-0509

Meg Griffiths - Miel y Sandia, 2013

Meg Griffiths – Miel y Sandia, 2013


New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
SPE 3rd International Combined Caucus Juried Show
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-4pm
www.neworleansphotoalliance.org
1111 St. Mary Street, 70130
504-264-1855

Josephine Sacabo - from the series Sautations

Josephine Sacabo – from the series Sautations


New Orleans Museum of Art
- Photo-Unrealism
- Emmet Gowin: Concerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself
- Josephine Sacabo: Salutations
Hours: Tues-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-9pm; Sat + Sun 11am-5pm
www.noma.org
1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 70124
504-658-4100
Jerry Uelsmann Lecture: Alchemy + Angst @ 80: March 11, 6pm

Mark Steinmetz - Off I-40, Knoxville, Tennessee 1993

Mark Steinmetz – Off I-40, Knoxville, Tennessee 1993


Ogden Museum
- Mark Steinmetz: South
- Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces
- SPE 3rd International Combined Caucus Juried Show
Hours: Wed-Mon 10am-5pm
www.ogdenmuseum.org
925 Camp Street, 70130
504-539-9600

The Blue Library - curated by Tammy Mercure

The Blue Library – curated by Tammy Mercure


Press Street’s Reading Room 220 (Antenna Gallery)
The Blue Library
Hours: Tues -Sun, 12pm to 5pm
(no gallery hours March 14 / opening that night)
www.press-street.org
thebluelibrary.com
3718 St Claude Ave, 70117
504-298-3161
Opening: Saturday, March 14, 6-9pm

Euphus Ruth - Cemetery Walker

Euphus Ruth – Cemetery Walker


Scott Edwards Gallery
Euphus Ruth – Cemetery Walker:
Original Ambrotypes of New Orleans & Mississippi Cemeteries

Hours: Thurs-Mon 12pm-8pm, open till 10pm Fri & Sat
www.scottedwardsgallery.com
2109 Decatur Street, 70116
504-610-0581
On view until June 14

Back Gallery: Sandra Russell Clark – JUJU
On view until April 12

LJ Goldstein - from The Sacred Areas

LJ Goldstein – from The Sacred Areas


The Brass Camera Fine Photography Gallery
L.J. Goldstein: The Sacred Areas
Hours: By appointment
www.thebrasscamera.com
1201 St. Philip Street, 70116
504-581-5551

Walker Pickering - Bank of Yazoo City

Walker Pickering – Bank of Yazoo City


UNO St. Claude Gallery
Southern Landscape: Bearing the Mark
Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection

Hours: Sat + Sun 12-5pm
www.finearts.uno.edu/gallery.html
2429 St. Claude Avenue, 70117
504-280-6410
Opening: Saturday, March 14, 6-9pm

Souzan Alavi - loss 1

Souzan Alavi – loss 1


Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
Souzan Alavi: loss
Hours: 9am – 4pm daily, plus one hour prior to first film nightly
www.zeitgeistnola.org
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, 70113
504-352-1150
On view until March 29th

Pay It Forward Happy Hour

ava_400x400 On March 11th – the eve of the SPE National Conference – 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
7:00-9:00pm
Featuring DJ Swamp Boogie & slideshow
RSVP Here

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

nopa_logo-lg 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 than 400 members from across Louisiana and the United States. Since its inception, the New Orleans Photo Alliance has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops, and educational programs including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival in New Orleans. NOPA administers two $5000 annual awards, The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award.

Eiffel Society will donate 20% of bar sales from this event to NOPA.
“THE MORE YOU DRINK, THE BETTER YOU MAKE THE WORLD.”

Pay It Forward - March 11, 2015

NOPA Accepting 2015 MPS Fund Applications

Brandon Thibodeaux - Mississippi 662

Brandon Thibodeaux – Mississippi 662


The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) will begin accepting applications January 30, 2015 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. Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, will serve as juror.

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 website at www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.

As Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, Emma 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.
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Keeping Up with PhotoNOLA

PNAPPMissing us on Facebook? Well, we miss you too. But the sole administrator of the PhotoNOLA Facebook Page had their account disabled with no warning or explanation, which unfortunately also killed the PhotoNOLA page, disappearing 6+ years of activity and cutting us off from our vibrant online community. We’re trying to rectify the situation but it’s a bit of an Orwellian tango at present.

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SPE in New Orleans

spe_bw2015 SPE National Conference
Atmospheres: Climate, Equity and Community in Photography

New Orleans, LA
March 12-15, 2015
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

SPE’s 2015 National Conference programming has been finalized – check out their schedule for the full line-up. Featured speakers include Chris Jordan, Rebecca Solnit, and Hank Willis Thomas.

The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship, and criticism.

We are delighted that Mary Virginia Swanson, who has served as an advisor to and annual presenter at PhotoNOLA will be receiving the SPE Honored Educator Award.

Discounted conference registration is available online through February 20th. Information about SPE membership, which offers reduced conference rates, can be found here.