The New Orleans Photo Alliance is currently accepting submissions for the 6th annual Clarence John Laughlin Award, which recognizes a fine art photographer who is creating or has completed a significant body of photographic work.
Juror: Dr. Carol McCusker
Deadline: July 15
The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) 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. Dr. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art, will serve as this year’s 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.
About Dr. Carol McCusker
Dr. Carol McCusker is Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville. From 2001-2010, she was Curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), San Diego where she also taught the history of photography as an Adjunct Professor at UCSD and USD. She has curated over 35 exhibitions. McCusker received her MA and PhD in art history with a concentration in the history of photography at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, studying with Beaumont Newhall, Eugenia Parry Janis and Geoff Batchen. McCusker’s Master’s Thesis was on the influence of Clarence John Laughlin’s massive library on his photography; John Lawrence of the Historic New Orleans Collection was on her thesis committee. Other examples of her writing can be found in: Paul Outerbridge (Taschen); Phil Stern: A Life’s Work (powerHouse); Terry Falke: Observations in an Occupied Wilderness (Chronicle); James Fee -The Peleliu Project (Seraphin); Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism (MoPA); Jennifer Karady: Soldiers’ Stories (SF Camerawork), and Uelsmann Untitled – A Retrospective (Univ Press of FL), among others. From 2008 to 2011, McCusker was staff writer for Color and B&W magazines. Her awards include the Beaumont Newhall Dissertation Award, UNM; an NEA Internship Award; the Ansel Adams Research Fellowship at the Center for Creative Photography, UA/Tucson; and the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writing Workshop. She has juried numerous photography competitions, most notably the 2010 ICP Infinity Award with Chris Boot and Peter MacGill.
About the New Orleans Photo Alliance
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 nearly 400 members from across Louisiana and throughout the United States. NOPA sponsors numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, and coordinates PhotoNOLA, an annual photography festival in New Orleans.