PhotoNOLA 2009 Education



Does Your Website Speak For You?

International House Hotel, 220 Camp Street, 2nd Floor
Friday, Dec 11, 2009, 2–4pm
Registration Fee $10

In this afternoon presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson will help photographers understand the role the website plays in presenting their work to the world. Through looking at how we use and “read” on the web, to effective information graphics and use of language to support your goals, Swanson will provide the framework for artists to evaluate their websites towards maximizing their marketing efforts. Swanson will allow time for Q&A after her presentation.

Curator’s Talk with Richard McCabe

Homespace Gallery
1128 St. Roch Ave
Saturday, Dec 5, 1-2pm
Free and open to the public

Revival: Historical Processes in Contemporary Photography focuses on contemporary artist who are utilizing 19th century photographic methods. In a one-hour lecture curator Richard McCabe will discuss the threads of modern alchemy in an increasingly digital age. McCabe will talk about the artists and works he selected for the exhibition. Using images in the show as examples he will elaborate on the processes employed by the featured photographers: including cyanotypes, tintypes, wet-plate collodion, ambrotypes gum-bichromate and platinum prints. He will also discuss his own interest and involvement with historic photographic processes. Immediately following McCabe’s talk featured artist Bruce Schultz will demonstrate wet and dry plate photographic methods.

Wet-Plate Demonstration with Bruce Schultz

Homespace Gallery
1128 St. Roch Ave
Saturday, Dec 5, 2-4pm
Free and open to the public

Bruce Schultz, one of the featured artists in Revival: Historical Processes in Contemporary Photography will demonstrate wet and dry plate photographic methods. These techniques were widely practiced from the 1850’s through the 1880’s and are currently enjoying a modern resurgence.

Schultz’s demonstration will cover two different forms of wet-plate collodion photography: tintype, where the image is made on a plate of metal, and ambrotype, which is made on glass and initially appears as a negative. The wet-plate demonstration will include coating, sensitizing, exposing and processing the plates on site, using the darkbox he travels with to develop images on location. The dry-plate demo will use a pre-sensitized glass plate negative that Schultz will prepare in the darkroom beforehand, then expose and develop on site.

The Long-Term Project with Linda Troeller

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
Sunday, December 6, 2009, 1pm
Free and open to the public

The lecture focuses on how to organize your photographs around a theme or idea and make a package to help guided you. This method can improve your framework and provide a way to successfully cross disciplines: from editorial to art. One of the hardest parts of the long-term project is peeling back the layers of time and finding the essence. Linda will explain how critical editing, preface development, narrowing publication goals, and market positioning are imperative. The world and technology are rapidly changing so she also addresses how to re-interpret and update.

To illustrate and explain concepts of the long-term project Troeller will share examples from her first portfolio, Greenhouse and Beyond; her TB-AIDS Diary which won Woman of the Year; Healings Waters (Aperture), which won Pictures of the Year; her book, Erotic Lives of Women (Scalo), reviewed in the NYTimes; and Chelsea Hotel, a new book/exhibition which was shot over ten years, won an IPA Award and opens internationally with an exhibition and film, “Inside the Frame,” by Jeff McKay.

Off the Wall: A Brief History of Slideluck Potshow with Casey Kelbaugh

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
Sunday, Dec 6, 2009, 2–3pm
Free and open to the public

Casey Kelbaugh, photographer and founder and director of Slideluck Potshow (SLPS), will present a talk regarding photography and community and the way SLPS fosters this. Kelbaugh will discuss SLPS as a non-traditional means of sharing work – outside of the gallery and print media realms – with an international audience. He will also talk about taking an idea and pursuing it relentlessly for 9 years and the thrills, challenges, and benefits to that kind of commitment. A dynamic slideshow will accompany the presentation, highlighting great images from throughout SLPS’s history.

Blurb Self-Publishing Seminar

International House Hotel, 220 Camp St., 2nd Floor
Friday, December 11, 2009, 10am-Noon
Free and open to the public, registration required.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Commercial-Quality Books
This provocative seminar will provide a hands-on demonstration of Blurb’s creative publishing platform as well as an introduction to the fundamentals of book design. Suzanne Caballero Knowlton, Vertical Marketing Manager at Blurb, provides a detailed step-by-step demonstration on how to make, publish, share, and sell commercial-quality books using Blurb’s creative publishing platform.

Whether you want to make a killer portfolio, client deliverable, or the next great American photography book, this session shows and tells you what you need to know about BookSmart, Blurb’s free book layout software: Blurb’s web tools; and what you need to get started or hone your bookmaking chops. In addition, she will provide an introduction to book design principles and aesthetics such as basic typography, image format, and sequencing. Part inspiration, part instruction, you’ll get some great tips straight from Blurb’s marketing manager.

This two-hour seminar will be separated into two segments. The first hour will provide an introduction and overview of Blurb’s creative publishing platform. The following hour will be devoted to more detailed hands on topics, demonstration and Q and A.

This workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a spot please register below. Suzanne will also be available by appointment throughout the weekend to answer more specific questions for those who have created or are in the process of creating books through Blurb.

Lauren Greenfield Lecture

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Friday Dec 11, 2009, 7–9pm
Free and open to the public, advance registration required

Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth culture as a result of her groundbreaking projects Girl Culture, Fast Forward, and THIN. At PhotoNOLA Greenfield will lecture about these long-term, multi-platform projects and how they developed and evolved creatively and professionally. Greenfield will discuss the sociological content of her photography as well as its educational component and use for outreach.

Her first feature-length film THIN, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and aired on HBO. Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction, Greenfield will discuss her progression into video and how she currently works across multiple platforms (books, films, fine art, and internet) for creative impact and educational reach. She will show excerpts from her films, including her latest award-winning documentary, kids + money, that premiered at Sundance and broadcast on HBO last November.

Susan Burnstine Gallery Talk

Canary Gallery
329 Julia St.
Saturday, Dec 12, 12-1pm
Free and open to the public

Susan Burnstine will present a gallery talk offering insights into her exhibition “Within Shadows”. She will walk viewers through the gallery, discussing her evocative photographs and the thoughts and intentions behind them. The presentation will include a sideshow with additional images plus a peek at her unique process; sharing pictures of her homemade camera collection assembled out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects.

Burnstine was the second place winner of the 2008 PhotoNOLA Review Prize.  Her dream-like B&W photographs suggest myth and memory in a voice that is both personal and universal.

Sarah Wilson Gallery Talk

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
Sunday, Dec 13, 7-8pm
Free and open to the public

Sarah Wilson, 2008 PhotoNOLA Review Prize recipient, will present an artist’s talk about her series, BLIND PROM, which will be on view at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery. This award-winning project features full color images, which convey the energy and excitement of a group of marginalized teens as they participate in the all-American ritual of attending a formal prom.

Wilson began photographing visually impaired teenagers in 2005 while working as the field producer and stills photographer on the upcoming PBS-funded documentary “The Eyes of Me.” For the past three years she has documented prom night at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, where she serves as the official prom photographer, producing the students’ formal portraits and capturing candid moments throughout the night.

In a one-hour slideshow and lecture presentation Wilson will discuss photographs featured in the exhibition and share additional images from the school that reach beyond prom night. She will also elaborate on this unique high school and her relationship to it.

Resilience & Rejuvenation, or How to Last & Love What You Do

Freeman Auditorium at Tulane University
1229 Broadway Street
Wednesday, December 9, 6:30pm

Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut, simply shooting cookie-cutter assignments or projects? Even with an arsenal of current technology, the best computer, and the most current edition of Photoshop, your work can suffer if you lose that spark of inspiration that we all need. How do you rejuvenate yourself and get excited once again about picking up your camera? This event with Canon Explorer of Light Seth Resnick may be just what the doctor ordered!

Join us as Seth shares anecdotes on dealing with clients, both for assignment and stock, favorite and most unusual projects and what drove him to tackle them, his observations on the state of the industry and his take on stock photography. What are some of the most powerful lessons Seth has learned in his photographic career? How has he transformed from a fledgling newspaper photographer into the industry icon he is now? And finally, what jazzes Seth about taking out his camera today? How does he recharge his creative batteries?

This event is sponsored by Canon and organized by N.O. Gulf South/ ASMP. Doors will open at 6:30pm for drinks & social time. Lecture begins at 7:00pm.

Price TBD. Contact ASMP for more information.

Panel Discussions

Six Shooters Panel Discussion

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St.
Tuesday, Dec 8, 7-9pm
Free and open to the public

This moderated panel discussion will feature six photographers from various disciplines discussing their processes, influences, inspiration and work. The third in an ongoing series produced by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, the PhotoNOLA edition of Six Shooters will feature an accomplished mix of local and visiting photographers, each bringing a unique perspective to the table.

Featured panelists are: Jane Fulton Alt (Chicago, IL), Sesthasak Boonchai (New York, NY), David Halliday (New Orleans, LA), Andy Levin (New Orleans, LA), Ellen Susan (Savannah, GA) and Linda Troeller (New York, NY). Dan Cameron, founding Director and Chief Curator of Prospect New Orleans and Director of Visual Arts for the CAC will serve as moderator. The program will include a slideshow with examples of each photographer’s work and allow for time at the end for questions from the audience.

Please join us for a lively insightful and informative group discussion.


Digital Workflow, Not Workslow with Seth Resnick

Location: Tina Freeman Studio, 1040 Magazine Street, 3rd Floor
Dec 11-14
Workshop Fee $1099

The D-65 workshops teach techniques to increase workflow productivity and save time. This 4-day intensive workshop will go in depth into the 5 modules of Lightroom 2.4. The workshop focuses on optimizing digital photography — from input to output. It prepares the professional photographer, art director, photo editor or advanced amateur for the digital world.

This workshop is organized and produced by D-65.
More information and registration here
Special Discount for PhotoNOLA – $150 off Workshop Fee
Discount Code: PNOLA