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: cathedralnola.com/photonola

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 cathedralnola.com/photonola 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: photonola.org/collectors-club


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.

Call for Entries: Magdalena

m a g d e l a n a - International House - PhotoNOLA 2013International House, in collaboration with PhotoNOLA, invites photographers and mixed-media artists whose work incorporates photography, to submit images which imagine or reimagine Mary Magdalene. Entries are due November 10, 2013. All photographic processes are welcome, ie: 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.

Update Nov 13th: The Magdalena website is down. We apologize for the inconvenience. The organizers are working with the web host to rectify this situation, and expect it to be back online today. The deadline will be extended to Friday, Nov 15. If anyone wishes to enter via email they may send their jpegs, CV, artist statement and image list to Britney Penouilh: britneyp@ekisticsinc.net


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. She is currently at the epicenter of a cultural movement, and as always, art finds itself at the leading edge, the prism through which one sees what popular culture believes about a person at particular moments in time.

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 confident, 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. Kindly visit this site for a fuller narrative, and please read these two remarkable pieces, the first by Princeton’s gifted Dr. Elaine Pagels, a second by distinguished former priest | author |professor James Carroll, as well as various others among Karen King’s significant contributions to this discourse, each intended to spark ideas and artful inspiration.

We are ever-mindful of Teilhard’s quote which graces a large window at International House’s Entrepreneurs’ Row Conference Center and which reads, “We are not Human Beings on a spiritual journey. We are Spiritual Beings on a human journey.” To wit, the spirit of this call is of the highest order, an authentic meditation on femininity and beauty now, not merely the “did she or didn’t she” cul-de-sac. In heavily Catholic New Orleans, we are casting for a muse of sorts, an artful handmaiden to higher deities, and Mary Magdalene might well be the absolute perfect patroness of our city, for reasons one need not elaborate.

From the submissions, twelve (12) artists will be invited to participate in this MAGDALENA exhibition. Their works will be displayed prominently in the International House lobby from December 6, 2013 – January 5, 2014 and offered for sale at prices established by each artist.

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

A reception and awards ceremony – including the complimentary Bellucci, a signature cocktail by nationally recognized Spirit Handler Alan Walter, and a tasty menu of street food by NOLA Food Trucks – will be held Friday, December 13, 2013 | 8:00 – 11:00P. 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.
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Call for Entries: PhotoBOMB


In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2013, PhotoBomb will be exhibited at The Front, a gallery located in the St. Claude Arts District in New Orleans. The exhibition will run from December 14th, 2013 –January 5th, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, December 14th and an artist/curator talk on Sunday, December 15th. PhotoBomb will be curated by artists and educators Lee Deigaard and AnnieLaurie Erickson.

They are looking for photographic works that make creative use of interventions, disruptions, accidents, or inciting events. This could involve the use of systematic processes, or it could be the result of total happenstance. They are interested in seeing images that are unexpected, innovative or visually explosive.

• Saturday, October 5th: Deadline for submissions
• Late-October: Entrants will be notified of jurors’ decision
• Saturday, December 14th: Exhibition opens
• Sunday, December 15th: Artist/Curator Talk
• Sunday, January 5th: Exhibition closes

All types of photographic and lens-based work will be considered, including video. Up to 5 submissions may be submitted. No entry fee is required. Digital files should be saved as JPEGs and sized at 72 dpi and 1000 pixels for the longest side. All files must be titled with last name and first name of the artist, plus the image number, (e.g. Doe_Jane_1.jpg). Video submissions must be provided via a working link to view online.

Please include a separate document (word file or pdf) containing the Title Information (Title, Year, Media, Dimensions) corresponding to the image numbers, and a short Statement about the work (150 words). You may also include a url to a website of your work for additional reference (optional). Please send only one text document with your images.

Entrants will be informed of the jurors’ choices in late-October. Artists will receive 100% of any sales. Artists are responsible for delivery and return of all selected work. Accepted entries must arrive with sufficient return postage or clearly be designated for pick up in person. If sufficient postage is not included, or if the work is left beyond the pickup date, The Front will not be responsible. Only submissions that follow the guidelines will be considered.

Email your submission to: photobombnola@gmail.com

For more information about The Front: http://www.nolafront.org/

Call for Entries: Unfolding Images

unfolding images logo - cac/ photonola2013
The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is now accepting submissions for Unfolding Images: a photobook exhibition juried by Seth Curcio, associate director of Pier 24 Photography. Organized to celebrate the printed image in book form, through photography and repurposed images, Unfolding Images will be designed as a functioning library and reading room, allowing visitors the opportunity to review the selected books in person at the CAC during PhotoNOLA 2013. Unfolding Images will be on display December 2 through December 30, 2013 at the CAC.

Both self-published and commercially published books, created after January 1, 2012 are eligible. All books will be evaluated based on the strength of the individual photographs or images, the editing and sequencing of images, layout and design, and the photobook as a physical object.

Publications that are selected for the Unfolding Images exhibition will automatically be placed into the CAC’s Photobook Library. Books not selected for the December exhibition will be considered for placement in the CAC Photobook Library for future exhibition & public viewing opportunities. Additionally, all of the submissions will be documented and featured on the Unfolding Images blog: unfoldingimages.tumblr.com

Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2013.
Guidelines and more information can be found online at: http://www.cacno.org/visualarts/exhibition/2013/08/unfolding-images-call-for-entries/

About the Juror
Seth Curcio is an artist and arts writer based in San Francisco, CA. He co-founded the arts publication DailyServing.com in October of 2006, and served as publisher and creative director from 2006 to 2013. Curcio is currently the Associate Director of Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. From 2005 to 2009 Curcio served as curator and director of the experimental non-profit gallery, studio, and education space Redux Contemporary Art Center.

About the CAC
The CAC is a multi-disciplinary arts center that is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC was formed in the fall of 1976 as an artist-run, artist-driven community organization. Throughout the CAC’s 35 years, the center has remained active in the visual and performing arts and arts education communities, continuing to represent an era of creative freedom and multi-disciplinary expression. Currently dedicating two floors—about 10,000 square feet of gallery space—of the 4-story building to rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the CAC is home to artists’ bold experiments in painting, theater, photography, performance art, dance, music, video, education, and sculpture. The CAC’s education department engages over 10,000 children and adults annually. The CAC’s significance and role in the cultural community of New Orleans has and always will be cemented in its broad community-based programs and initiatives.

Review Registration Opens Sept 5

We’ve made some exciting changes for this year’s PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews.

PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review (c) Samuel Portera

PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review (c) Samuel Portera

First, we’ve decided to run the two review days on Friday and Saturday this year, right smack in the middle of the four day festival line-up. We’re hoping this will allow everyone – reviewees, reviewers, and volunteers – time to take in more education and exhibitions on Thursday and Sunday.

Second, we’re including Gala entrance in the review registration fee, so that everyone joining us for portfolio reviews can glide right in to the Thursday night party, which will be hosted in high style by the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Third, our PhotoWALK is moving on up to the Ogden Museum’s exquisite Taylor Library. This should make set up much easier and draw a bigger audience for the event.

Fourth, (Perhaps you’re thinking can it really get any better? Well, yes…) we’re planning to hire some party buses to chauffeur everyone to the art openings on Saturday night. Trust us, it’s a New Orleans experience you won’t soon forget.

2009 PhotoGALA at NOMA (c) Samuel Portera

2009 PhotoGALA at NOMA (c) Samuel Portera

Reviews will take place Friday, Dec. 13 & Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at the International House Hotel. The list of confirmed 2013 Reviewers is available here.

Registration will open on Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 10am Central Time. As always, it will be filled on a first come first served basis.

More information about our review program can be found here and here.

We look forward to seeing you in December!

Roy Flukinger at A Gallery for Fine Photography (c) Samuel Portera

Roy Flukinger at A Gallery for Fine Photography (c) Samuel Portera

Call for Entries: CURRENTS 2013

Nell Dickerson's "Memphis, Bingham, Tennessee", from CURRENTS 2012

Nell Dickerson’s “Memphis, Bingham, Tennessee”, from CURRENTS 2012

Call for submissions: CURRENTS 2013: NOPA Members Showcase

New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit work for consideration in CURRENTS 2013, which will be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during PhotoNOLA. This annual exhibition is designed to highlight the diverse contemporary work being created by NOPA members. The exhibition will showcase work by up to 15 Alliance members, featuring 5 or more images by each selected photographer.

Juror: Gordon Stettinius, Founder & Director, Candela Books + Gallery
Deadline: Sept 15, 2013

Submission is open to all current members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Applicants may join at time of entry.
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