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Call fro Art: Landscape

© Chris Bennett
Plates to Pixels announces an open call for Landscapes of many kinds. The juror is Christopher Bennett is a photographer, curator, and photo educator living in Portland Oregon.  His work experience includes the George Eastman House, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and Photo-eye Books & Gallery.   Chris founded and was the Executive Director of Newspace Center for Photography from 2002 to 2014.

All photographers are welcome to submit. Mr. Bennett is seeking work that falls into the sublime-mysterious landscape category.

Entry Guidelines
Submit up to 10 images. Please submit JPEG image only – minimum size 1000 pixels on the longest side, 72 ppi, RGB.
Submission Fee:
$1 per image.
December 12th (midnight PST)
Show runs through the end of January 2015 at platestopixels.com.

Best of Show: $50, print catalog (and a surprise). Juror’s Awards, Founder’s Awards and Honorable Mentions all receive complimentary print catalogs (and a surprise).

For complete instructions and to enter follow this link: Plates to Pixels: LANDscape


Members News: Tina Freeman Book Signings

Congratulations to NOPA member Tina Freeman on the launch of her new book, Artist Spaces. You can catch her to get a signed copy at one or more of the following events:

Garden District Books - November 11th (6-7:30pm)
New Orleans Book Festival - November 15th (2:30-4-30pm)
Maple Street Books - November 19th (6pm)
Faulkner House Words and Music Festival – November 20th (10:30am)
NOAC - November 20th (6pm)
PhotoNOLA at Old U.S. Mint - December 7th (5:30-6:30pm)
HNOC – December 20th (2-4pm)


Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographer Program 2015

The Volunteer Photographer Program is a community outreach project of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Archive. The mission of the program is to provide documentation of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell for the Foundation Archive. This documentation goes beyond the stages and music to include the “internal culture” of Jazz Fest- the food, art, culture and people who attend the festival. These other aspects are crucial in making Jazz Fest an annual success.
The program joins photographers, from a variety of backgrounds, with the Festival and Archive to provide the unique experience of photographing the world renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Volunteer Photographers must be at least 18 years of age. 
Festival Dates: April 24-26 and April 30, May 1-3, 2015

Applicant categories:


Position Description & Requirements

  • Volunteer Photographers must be able to manage and edit hundreds or even thousands of digital images and understand that the work of photographing the Jazz Fest is physically demanding.
  • Photographers often walk many miles a day around the Fair Grounds Race Course and are responsible for their own photography gear. 
  • There can often be a variety of weather conditions - rain (lots of mud) or shine (lots of dust) and in potentially *very* hot weather.

Selected volunteer photographers are responsible for providing the Archive with the images taken at the festival. Without all submissions there will be an historical gap in the documentation of the 2015 festival. Any photographer who does not submit their images will not be in good standing with the Foundation. 

Juried Process
A three-person jury of photographers will select photographers based on the following criteria:
Artistic Merit (60%)
Experience photographing live cultural events and/or professional reliability (40%)

How to Apply
Set up a profile at http://www.callforentry.org
The application can be found in the Call For Entry listings under “New Orleans Jazz Fest Volunteer Photographers” beginning Monday, November 3, 2014 and the deadline to apply is Sunday, November 30, 2014. 
Direct all questions to archive@jazzandheritage.org

No more than 150 applications can be accepted.


The Posse: Time, Place, and Eternity: Flannery O’Connor and the Craft of Photography

A huge thanks to Aline Smithson and Lenscratch for this wonderful (and thorough) article on this exhibition at Slow exposures.

just a tease...
One of the highlights of the SlowExposures Festival was the Posse’s exhibition, Time, Place, and Eternity: Flannery O’Connor and the Craft of Photography. The exhibition was constructed in Christine Curry’s horse barn as part of the Friday night soiree held at her home to celebrate the ShowExposures Festival. We arrived just as the sun was setting and in the distance was a stately home surrounded by big trees filled with strings of light. After picking up a cocktail, we made our way to the horse barn where the remarkable collective, The Posse, consisting of some of the most innovative and creative Southern photographers: Anne Berry, Ann George, Bryce Lankard, Lori Vrba, and S. Gayle Stevens, had crafted one of the most interesting and innovative exhibitions I’ve seen in a long while.
...click the link to read more and visit Lenscratch.


Artist Talk: Micahel Alford, Shooting from the Hip: Mexico

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans  presenting an Artist Talk reception by Michael Alford.

Michael Alford is a multidisciplinary Conceptual artist. His work ranges from documentary photography, large scale public sculpture to Land Art. “My work often explores and challenges the conventional ideas of Art and what can be used to create it.” Michael spent the first half of his life as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Operations. He earned his B.F.A. from Baylor University while on active duty and recently an M.F.A from Louisiana State University. The artwork of artist Michael Alford has been exhibited and found in several corporate, private, national and international collections.

The Artist will be talking about his experience photographing Mexico City and surrounding areas while concealing his camera in a bag pack. Michael has more than 20 years traveling to Mexico and capturing its beauty and wonderful people.

Artist's Talk:
Friday, October 24th at 6:00pm
Art Gallery of the Consulate
 901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118
 New Orleans, LA 70130

OPENING: A.I.R. Pioneers Portraits by Judy Cooper

Judith Bernstein © Judy Cooper
Join NOPA member Judy Cooper as she presents a show of recent portraits of the women who in 1972 founded A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, the first gallery of, by, and for women artists in the US.

The founders and early members of A.I.R. include many well known and influential artists. Cooper’s large photographs reveal the strength and individuality of the women, as well as the collective spirit of the enterprise they began. A small catalogue which includes a brief history of the founding of A.I.R. and bios of each of the Pioneers, written in their own words, accompanies the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 23, 5:00-7:30pm
In the Seltzer-Gerard Reading room
Caroline Richardson Hall next to the Newcomb Art building
Tulane University, Uptown Campus

The exhibition will be up from October 23 to December 31, 2014. It is part of Prospect 3 as a P3+ site.


Partnering with the New Orleans Film Society for the 25th Annual New Orleans Film Festival

SCREENING: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of A People

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is  sponsoring a screening of Thomas Allen Harris's: Through the Lens Darkly, which explores the history of black photography and representation, and how contemporary artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. 

The film assembles a community of photographers and artists—including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, and Glenn Ligon, to name a few—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what “blackness” is and who “black people” are. The film was inspired by photo-historian Deborah Willis’ ground-breaking publication, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present.

Director Thomas Allen Harris will be on hand for a brief Q&A after the screening.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA

Click here for tickets


Photo courtesy: Frances Dixon
The companion transmedia project to  Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and World1Family social media campaign, engages audiences to discover connections between their own family archives and the film’s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity.

This free family-friendly event features live interactions with the audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. Participants are encouraged to critically rethink how they read and interpret the welter of images they encounter, while also highlighting the significance of their own family photographs as historical artifacts in the making.

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their family photographs.
Sponsored by New Orleans Photo Alliance
In partnership with the New Orleans Public Library African American Resource Center, Junebug Productions, and the Community Book Center

Sunday, October 19 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA


Tulane University Presents: Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration

Tulane University Presents:

Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration

Moderated by Edie Wolfe, Tulane University,
this event brings together Edmund Clark, a British photographer whose work documents spaces of confinement in the detention camps at GTMO and Katrina Andry and Deborah Luster, two New Orleans-based artists whose work addresses incarceration in Louisiana.  Esther Whitfield will discuss Cuban artistic representations of GTMO.

We hope the Guantanamo Public Memory Project will provide a complex portrait of GTMO's history and will raise questions about US-Cuban relations, human rights, national security, refugee policy, and the rule of law in today's society


Light Leaked: Highlights from: Slow Exposures

Light Leaked: Highlights from: Slow Exposures: Install Image by Ann George Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the photography event Slow Exposures in Pike County, Georgia...


Photography happenings in October

There is a lot of photography happening this Fall in New Orleans. Following is just a small portion of what our Members and Partner oranizations are up to in October.

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents:

Michael Alford, Shooting From The Hip: Mexico
October 2nd to October 30th, 2014 

Michael Alford
The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite  program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans presenting the photographic exhibition of artist Michael Alford.

Opening Reception, October 2, 2014, 6pm
 Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118
 New Orleans, LA 


The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents:

Self-Processing – Instant Photography
October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015 

 David McCarty, Biloxi Hotel 2, 2008
Before the instantaneous gratification of digital photography there was instant film. Instant and Polaroid film made photography quick and accessible to all without having to rely on a darkroom or lab for film processing and printing. Self Processing – Instant Photography features a large and varied array of photographs shot with instant film. The exhibition will include photographs by Pinky Bass, Blake Boyd, Linda Burgess, Michael McCraw, Anna Tomczak and more.

Opening Reception: Saturday October 4, 6PM - 9PM
(Art for Arts’ Sake) 

Self Processing Gallery Talk with curator Richard McCabe

October 4, 2014
Special Event
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Photo Gallery, 3rd Floor 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Curator of Photography will lead a Gallery talk and walkthrough of the Self Processing: Instant Photography exhibition. He will cover subjects ranging from the history of Polaroid and instant film, instant film processes and the photographers included in the exhibition. A question and answer session will follow the gallery talk. 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street 
New Orleans, LA 

Contact: 504.539.9650 for more information for both events

Scott Edwards Gallery presents:

Anna Tomczak, Borrowed Relics - The Last of the Large Polaroid Transfers
Front Gallery: October 11th through November 30th
Back Gallery: December 6th through February 1st

Anna Tomczak

Opening Reception: October 11th, 7pm-12am (Artist will not be in Present)
Artist’s Reception: November 8th, 7pm-12am
Scott Edwards Gallery
2109 Decatur, street
New Orleans, LA


Four by Five, Juried by Steve Simmons, Publisher of View Camera Magazine

Les pleurotes by Robert Dutruch

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to present “Four by Five”, an exhibit showcasing four photographs by five photographers, all made with traditional view cameras. 

The exhibit will be on display at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery,  from September 6 , 2014 – November 23, 2014. 

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 6:00-9:00pm and a juror’s reception on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

The exhibit features works by Drew Bedo, a legally blind photographer from Houston, TX; Robert Dutruch, from Bush, LA, with his full plate collodion ambrotypes; Mark Dawson, from Camden, ME with intimate collodion-on-aluminum prints; Maria Levitsky, who recently completed her MFA at the University of New Orleans, showing 8x10 Palladium prints; and Nate Mathews from Bartlett, IL exhibiting modernist inkjet prints from 4x5 color negatives.

The juror, Steve Simmons, is publisher of View Camera Magazine, a bi-monthly publication that began in 1988, and is specifically aimed toward the large format photographer. Each issue provides in-depth interviews with portfolios by respected photographers, new and used equipment reviews, workshop listings, and articles providing technical information for the large format photographer that cannot be found in any other publication. Mr. Simmons is also the author of the book, Using the View Camera, A Creative Guide to Large Format Photography.

Four by Five

September 6 - November 23, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, October 4, 6 9pm
Juror’s reception Saturday, October 11, 6 - 9pm

Gallery open Thursday - Sunday, Noon - 4 or by appointment

1111 Saint Mary Street, New Orleans, LA

p: 504-264-1855 e: photoalliance@gmail.com www.neworleansphotoalliance.org 


2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award Finalists

    The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Clarence John Laughlin Award.

Keliy Anderson-Staley, Houston TX http://www.andersonstaley.com Dulce

Baboon in Window

East Broadway, 7:02AM

Oaks, Paynes Prairie, FL

Marsh House Oak, Avery Island

The Rock

Water Snake

Littoral Drift #01 (Diptych, Tower Beach, SC 05.26.13, Tidal Pools, Dipped)

Old Elks Club

Rose Swimmer



Nocturnes 33

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was instituted by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in 2010 to support the  work of photographers who use photography 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. 

For 2014, NOPA invited Del Zogg, the manager of Works on Paper & Photography Collections at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX,  to  serve as juror.
 Past recipients of the award include: Walker Pickering (2013), Lee Deigaard (2012), Joni Sternbach (2011) and Charles Grogg (2010)

The winner will announced on November 1, 2014.


Data Shadows: AnnieLaurie Erickson | Carroll Art Gallery, Tulane University | August 23 – October 8, 2014 |

The Carroll Gallery at Tulane University will be presenting Data Shadows, a solo exhibition by AnnieLaurie Erickson. 

Erickson was a finalist for NOPA's 2013 The Clarence John Laughlin Award and is an Assistant Professor in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University.

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally including at the Boston Center for the Arts, and CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland. AnnieLaurie was on faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2007-2010, where she developed a special topics course on the intersections of art and science in lens-based media. She has presented her artwork and teaching at both the College Art Association national conference and the Society for Photographic Education national conference.

Data Shadows
AnnieLaurie Erickson
exhibition dates:  August 23 – October 8, 2014

reception:  Thursday, August 28, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
gallery walkthrough with the artist:  6:00 pm

The Carroll Gallery is located on Tulane's Uptown Campus, in the Woldenberg Art Center. The entrance to campus which is nearest to the Carroll Gallery is at the intersection of Willow Street and Audubon Boulevard. Audubon Blvd. becomes Newcomb Place on campus, and the Woldenberg Art Center is the third building on the right along Newcomb Place, as one approaches from Willow Street. 

Please observe Tulane University parking regulations carefully. Two-hour parking is available on Audubon Boulevard near Willow Street, and is only a short walking distance from the Carroll Gallery.

Gallery hours:  M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
Gallery closed on official Tulane holidays.

image above: Apple Data Center, Solar Farm, Maiden, NC 2014


EXHIBITION Opportunity: Slideluck NYC XVIII

On Friday, September 26th, Slideluck is coming back to the beer garden at Photoville NYC for a night of food, fun, music and art on the Brooklyn Waterfront!

The theme for SLIDELUCK NYC XVIII is Secrets. Artists are invited to submit work that explores notions of deception, revelation, confessions and wishes. From underground societies to political scandals to family secrets, we want your photography, visual art, and multimedia pieces capturing those unshared bits of life.

Submit your work today! The show will be curated by Gideon Jacobs and Matthew Leifheit, and the submission deadline is Friday, August 29th.
Gideon Jacobs is the Creative Director of Magnum Photos and a writer who worked prieviously at ESPN Magazine and Badabing Records. Matthew Leifheit is the Photo Editor at VICE Magazine as well as an independent photographer, writer, and curator. His writing on art and photography has appeared in TIME LightBox, Art F City, the Camera Club of New York and Feature Shoot. 

Mark your calendars for an inspiring evening full of photographic wonders among the pop-up galleries of Photoville with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

Part of the Narratively After Dark Series
Friday | September 26 | 2014
Pier 5 | Brooklyn Bridge Park | Brooklyn | 11201
7pm Potluck | 8:30pm Slideshow

Photoville is a pop-up village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces and the largest annual photographic event in NYC. Occupying more than 74,000 sq ft in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photoville 2014 will include lectures, exhibitions, screenings and workshops from September 18th-28th. This year Photoville is teaming up with Narratively to present Narratively After Dark in the Photoville Beer Garden run by Smorgasburg. Slideluck is excited to join Photoville and Narratively for an evening on the Brooklyn Waterfront!