PhotoNOLA Needs You!

PhotoNOLA is an entirely volunteer run festival. We would love to have your help in making the events run smoothly.

Renee Allie sporting raffle tickets at the PhotoGALA   (c) David Rae Morris

Renee Allie sporting raffle tickets at the PhotoGALA (c) David Rae Morris

Many hands are needed from December 3 – Dec 8, 2014 but there are additional opportunities from now through January. If you’d like to get involved please fill out our brief volunteer form, letting us know your skills and availability. Volunteering with PhotoNOLA is a great way to meet people and make connections in the vibrant photo community.

Opening at A Gallery for Fine Photography (c) Samuel Portera

Opening at A Gallery for Fine Photography (c) Samuel Portera

A volunteer orientation meeting is planned for Tuesday, November 25. Please join us to learn about the various positions and responsibilities, and to sign up for the spots you are interested in.

Thank you in advance for your help!

PhotoNOLA Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Questions? Please contact Mallory Taylor, PhotoNOLA Volunteer Coordinator at:

PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum (c) Samuel Portera

PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum (c) Samuel Portera

2014 Collectors Club Print

David Halliday - Meat & Metal, 2013

David Halliday – Meat & Metal, 2013

We are thrilled to present “Meat & Metal, 2013” by New Orleans photographer David Halliday as the 2014 PhotoNOLA Collectors Club Print. Halliday is renowned for depicting elegance in simplicity, beauty in the mundane, and the brilliant vitality of the people, places, and objects that he encounters on a daily basis.

All proceeds from the limited edition print sales support programming initiatives of PhotoNOLA, an entirely volunteer run photography festival. The edition is an archival pigment print, featuring a 7×9” image size on 10×12” cotton rag paper. Signed and numbered prints are available through for $100 plus shipping.

Read more here
Purchase your print here

Mary Virginia Swanson Lecture

New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with Cathedral Creative Studios, presents:


with Mary Virginia Swanson
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Cathedral Creative Studios
527 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Registration: $5 General Admission / Free for NOPA members

Considerations for Planning a Successful Exhibition

Exhibiting your work is an exciting experience for all artists. But until you have the opportunity to present your work to the public, how can you understand the strategic and practical steps towards mounting a successful exhibition?

Whether your exhibition is being hosted at a public space or private venue, all artists should consider the audience that venue engages and work strategically to ensure a strong collaboration with its community.

In this illustrated seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson helps artists understand the issues of presentation, publicity, audience engagement through educational offerings, the value of producing an accompanying online/print publication and much more.

Artists attending this presentation will gain a broad awareness of the exhibition experience.

MVSwanson © Jessica TampasMary Virginia Swanson is an innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography. During her career she has coordinated educational, exhibition and publication programs for a wide range of institutions and organizations. Her seminars, workshops and lectures on trends and opportunities in photography have aided countless photographers in moving their careers to the next level.

Ms. Swanson is widely respected for her innovative teachings on making and marketing art. She received the Lifetime Achievement FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum in 2013, the Susan Carr Award for Education from ASMP in 2014 and has been named the 2015 Honored Educator by the Society for Photographic Education.
Ms. Swanson coauthored with Darius Himes Publish Your Photography Book, now in its second edition (Princeton Architectural Press). Her forthcoming title Finding Your Audience: An Introduction to Marketing Your Photographs will be released in spring of 2015. Today she is a sought-after speaker, advisor, juror and portfolio reviewer. Swanson is a valued member of the Board of Advisors of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, bringing mentoring and educational programming to its annual PhotoNOLA New Orleans Festival of Photography.

Seating is limited, advance registration is recommended.

Image credit: © Jessica Tampas

Call for Entries: MAGDALENA


For this call, International House, in collaboration with PhotoNOLA, invites photographers and mixed-media artists whose work incorporates photography, to submit images that imagine or reimagine Mary Magdalene. Entries are due October 31, 2013. All photographic processes are welcome, i.e.: print, image transfer, emulsion transfer, encaustic, black and white, color, etc., and but for the few rules stated in this invitation, the lone limit is imagination.

Jennifer Hudson - Flora One, selection from 2013 MAGDALENA exhibition

Jennifer Hudson – Flora One, selection from 2013 MAGDALENA exhibition

We know her as Mapia. Maria. Miriam. Mandala. Migdal. Magdala. Magdalena, Mary of Magdala and Mary Magdalene. But who was she? Why was she? On one hand portrayed as Jesus’ closest confidant, Apostle to the apostles, friend, lover and soul mate. By others, the bad girl of the Bible, a repentant prostitute and demon-possessed crazy woman. And to some, she did it all, and she did it all well. No one in the Christian pantheon except Jesus, Mary his mother or perhaps “John the Baptist” has inspired artists more than Mary Magdalene. Her themes remain remarkably vivid today in a global conversation about women, female power, participation and sexuality.

Mary Schippers – Professor of Gender Studies, Tulane University
Genevieve Fussell – Senior Photo Editor, The New Yorker
Alexa Arroyo – Art Historian

From the submissions, twelve (12) artists will be invited to participate in the second annual MAGDALENA exhibition. Their 12 works of art will be a on display from December 06, 2014 – January 06, 2015 and offered for sale at prices established by each artist. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alliance for International Women’s Rights.

This exhibition is part of Prospect 03+.

A limited edition exhibition catalog will be available through the hotel.

A reception and awards ceremony will take pace Friday, December 12, 2014 | 8-11P. Awards will be announced at 9:30 P.

The full complement of submissions will be projected in the hotel’s lobby via continuous digital loop during the reception and shall be displayed in the online-gallery of our MAGDALENA site.

DEADLINE: October 31, 2014


International House has contributed $4500 for Purchase Awards. Jurors will, thus, bestow at least three purchase awards, with First, Second and Third place recognition. While scoring is subjective, we seek not merely the literal but art capable of informing the conversation about this important woman and sustaining a broader conversation about women.

Purchased art will be placed on permanent display in International House’s newly created magdalena gallery,a public space which pays tribute to extraordinary women and honors the divine feminine.

This Call for Entries is open worldwide to both amateur and professional photographers as well as mixed-media artists, whose work incorporates photography, working in all medium and styles. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome. However, 3-D work is not eligible, and 2-D work must be no larger than 42” x 42” and no smaller than 20” x 30”.

The entry fee is $30 for up to three images. Additional images may be submitted for $10 per image.

Submissions are due October 31, 2014 via the MAGDALENA site and must include one’s CV, artist statement and image list (title, size, medium and price for each piece). All files must be 72 dpi in jpg format, not to exceed 1MB per image. Files should be titled with artist first name, last name, (underscore) title of work (i.e. JaneDoe_Magdalena01.jpeg)

On November 07, 2014 twelve (12) artists will be chosen from the full roster of submissions and invited via email to participate. Art must be received at International House New Orleans by December 1, 2014 for the exhibition, framed professionally, wired and ready for hanging.

About International House
Housed in what was the world’s first World Trade Center and harnessing the power of beautiful design to uplift the human spirit, International House celebrates New Orleans today – an ensemble of unique architecture, colorful characters, joyful culture, signature food and music unlike any other city in America. Animated with ritual, romance and passion, infused with intriguing European, Caribbean and African influences and fueled by the city’s mosaic of humanity and creative culture, the hotel is recognized as one of the premier boutique hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveller, Southern Living, Esquire, Entrepreneur and Wallpaper, among other respected press.

In addition to its design, the hotel offers an exceptional bar, restaurant and conference center. Set to a mesmerizing backdrop of flickering candlelight, sophisticated in style, named for divine spirits in Vodou and serving imaginative cocktails, spirits from small batch distilleries and artisan wines, loa is a destination bar. It has become a nightly gathering place for creative local artists and entrepreneurs flocking to the city in unprecedented numbers. Still America’s most exotic city and the Northern-Most Caribbean City but updated and expressed for a new time. Each guest room at the hotel contains original black and white photographs, many of them by one of this city’s favorite adopted sons, the peerless Herman Leonard.

Portfolio Review Sold Out

Wow! We are pleased and amazed to announce the the 2014 PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review is now full.

If you wanted to register but missed it please sign up for the waiting list, and/or consider coming down for all the other great events – workshops & lectures & shows.

Thanks so much! We can’t wait to see you all in December~

PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum, PhotoNOLA 2013  (c) Samuel Portera

PhotoWALK at the Ogden Museum, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c) Samuel Portera

Review Registration Opens Sept 4th

Portfolio Review, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c)Samuel Portera

Portfolio Review, PhotoNOLA 2013 (c)Samuel Portera

There’s a great lineup of reviewers joining us for the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review, which will take place on Dec 5 & 6, 2014.

Review registration will open on Thursday, September 4th at 10am Central Standard Time. Limited to 70 photographers, it will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss out!

About the reviews
Frequently Asked Questions
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Call for Entries: The Perpetual Instant

To celebrate the instant photograph the New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, is seeking work created utilizing instant materials for an exhibition at the Zeitgeist gallery during PhotoNOLA 2014.

Grant Hamilton - Spectrum

Grant Hamilton – Spectrum

The juror is Grant Hamilton, director of TIME ZERO, a film about the demise of Polaroid and the resurgence of instant photography via The Impossible Project.

The exhibition will be on display November 30, 2014 – January 25, 2015, with an opening reception on Saturday, Dec 6. During the run of the exhibition Zeitgeist will screen Mr. Hamilton’s film and there will be a workshop showcasing the new Impossible Instant Lab.

Submission deadline: October 5, 2014
Enter here.

About the Juror
Grant Hamilton received his BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. His film ‘TIME ZERO’ has screened at SilverDOCS festival, Manhattan Film Festival, DOC NYC and others. It received best Documentary prize at both Vision Fest 12 and The Palo Alto Int’l Film Festival.

Questions? Contact Thom Bennett at

Call for Entries: The Blue Library

TheBlueLibraryIn the 17th and 18th century, printed books dropped in price and the chapbook rose in popularity. Today there is a similar rise with the affordability of great, inexpensive color photobook printing. The Blue Library celebrates the current renaissance of cheaply printed, high quality photobooks. The exhibition will run from December 1, 2014 to January 3, 2015 at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery Reading Room 220 in New Orleans, LA. The exhibition takes place during PhotoNola and Prospect.3 will be in full swing.

To be considered for the exhibition, photographers are invited to design a chapbook using Blurb/MagCloud. The book must be designed with a MagCloud template ready-to-print. The book must be less than 40 pages and be the 5.25″x8.25″ or 8.25″x5.25″ format. The subject matter is open- traditionally chapbooks cover all subject matter from religious to romance to debauchery.

Tammy Mercure and a team will select at least 30 chapbooks to print and display. The chosen books will be exhibited and then put in the collection at Room 220. In addition, a set will sent to the Indie Photobook Library. There will also be an opportunity to sell copies of your book if you desire.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Submissions are open to all photographers and photo-based artists. You must own copyright to the photographs included or in the case of found photographs follow the generally accepted idea of fair use for art. We’d love exclusive chapbooks, but you may re-work one of your books in this format if you wish.

Submissions must ready to print using Magcloud Digest 5.25? x8.25? or Digest 8.25?x 5.25?. Magcloud makes easy to use templates for InDesign, Quark XPress, Microsoft Word, Pages, Photoshop, and Aperture.

Submissions must be 40 pages or less.

There is no fee to enter.

Please see submission guidelines for more information.


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.