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 to send your files to:

In the message area of please include your name (as you wish it to appear on the slide) and a website address or email to be shown on slide.

Jane P. Doe

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:

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
241 Chartres Street, 70130
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
901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 118, 70130
(Entrance on Andrew Higgins Street)
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
440 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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
3800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
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
3815 Magazine St, 70115
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
400a Julia Street, 70130
Exhibition on view through March 28

Nell Campbell - Watermelon Bay, 2011

Nell Campbell – Watermelon Bay, 2011

Kevin Gillentine Gallery
Nell Campbell: Duck Blinds
Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am to 5pm
3917 Magazine Street, 70115

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
1111 St. Mary Street, 70130

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
1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, 70124
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
925 Camp Street, 70130

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)
3718 St Claude Ave, 70117
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
2109 Decatur Street, 70116
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
1201 St. Philip Street, 70116

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
2429 St. Claude Avenue, 70117
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
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, 70113
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
Featuring DJ Swamp Boogie & slideshow

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.

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

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.
Continue reading “NOPA Accepting 2015 MPS Fund Applications”

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.

So, until further notice, we invite you to connect with PhotoNOLA through our other social media platforms:
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You may also want to check out these New Orleans Photo Alliance links:
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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.

NOMA presents Josephine Sacabo: Salutations

The New Orleans Museum of Art premiers new work by photographer Josephine Sacabo (American, b. 1944).

Josephine Sacabo: Salutations, a series of wet collodion tintypes, will be on view at NOMA from January 23 – April 5, 2015.

Josephine Sacabo - La Desdichada

Josephine Sacabo – La Desdichada

In Salutations, Sacabo combines collaged and distorted photographic images with a wet collodion on metal process to create a world that is barely recognizable as such, hovering like a memory or a dream in the space between the concrete and the ineffable. Throughout the work, half-materialized visions of certain elements appear and reappear—an apple, a bird, a window, the female form—as if to suggest some kind of narrative is buried under the layers of fractured representation. But the project as a whole resists linear reading, and instead concerns itself with establishing an enigmatic set of conditions—loss, solitude, melancholy, nostalgia, etc. In other words, rather than tell any particular story, these works set the stage for a number of potential stories that hinge upon broader concepts. In balancing on the threshold between the real and the surreal, these images favor the poetic over the prosaic and the symbolic over the literal.

Josephine Sacabo - The Stairs

Josephine Sacabo – The Stairs

As a side note, there are still a few Josephine Sacabo Collectors Club prints available through PhotoNOLA.

Ogden Museum presents Mark Steinmetz: South

Mark Steinmetz - Athens, GA 1996

Mark Steinmetz – Athens, GA 1996

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents Mark Steinmetz: South. The exhibition will be on view from January 17, 2015 through May 10, 2015.

Opening Reception: Saturday January 17, 2015 – 6:00–8:00pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm

Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the traditional boundaries of documentary, street, and fine art photography. Photographing almost exclusively in black and white, Steinmetz explores the fragile and sublime visual tapestry of everyday life, where the mundane and banal become elevated to the exquisite through the lens of his camera. Mark Steinmetz: South will include photographic selections from three of his books published by Nazraeli Press – South East, South Central and Greater Atlanta, along with a compilation of new and unseen work.

The artist will be present for the exhibition opening on January 17th, and will lead a gallery talk on Sunday, January 18th at 1pm.

Admission for each event is $10/ free for Ogden members.

Mark Steinmetz - Off Interstate 40, Knoxville 1993

Mark Steinmetz – Off Interstate 40, Knoxville 1993

2014 Review Prize Winners Announced

Eliot Dudik - Harper's Ferry, West Virginia

Eliot Dudik – Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

After the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Reviews conclude, each reviewer is asked to select three outstanding projects. The votes have been tallied, and we are delighted to announce the reviewers’ selections:

1st – Eliot Dudik
2nd – Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
3rd – Susan Kae Grant

Eliot Dudik received the most votes, earning the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which includes a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during the tenth annual PhotoNOLA, a cash award of $1000, and a marketing consultation with Mary Virginia Swanson. 2nd Place winners, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, and 3rd Place winner, Susan Kae Grant, are recognized with image galleries on the PhotoNOLA website. In addition, all will be highlighted in a LensCulture feature article & social media.

Congratulations to all! And thank you to each of the seventy photographers who shared their work in our portfolio reviews this year.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman - Anethum Graveolens (Dillweed) impression with Betty, in full flower, 2011. From the series Natural History.

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman – Anethum Graveolens (Dillweed) impression with Betty, in full flower, 2011.
From the series Natural History.

Susan kae Grant - Encrypted Lessons #069

Susan kae Grant – Encrypted Lessons #069

Keynote & Gala

PhotoNOLA 2014 gala invite JPGPlease join us at the New Orleans Museum of Art to kick off PhotoNOLA 2014 with the highly anticipated lecture by renowned photographer Emmet Gowin, immediately followed by the PhotoGALA. It takes place on Thursday, December 4th, with the keynote presentation beginning at 6:30pm and the Gala at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available in advance for $25, and at the door for $30.

The Gala features complimentary wine, beer and food, moon booth photos by Deep Fried Photo and music by Alexis and the Samurai.

There will also be a wonderful print auction and some fabulous raffle packages.

All proceeds from this fundraising event support the New Orleans Photo Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers year round programming in addition to coordinating PhotoNOLA.

We hope to see you there!