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SCREENING: Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photography and the Emergence of A People
Saturday, October 18, 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Arts Center
PANEL: Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow
An Interactive Community Photo-Sharing Event
Sunday, October 19 | 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Contemporary Arts Center
Exhibition: Elizabeth Stone: Skins, Shells and Meats
Dec 4, 2014 – Jan 20, 2015
Opening: Dec 6, 6-9pm
Exhibition: CURRENTS 2014
Ogden Museum
Dec 4, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015
Opening: Dec 5, 5-7pm
WORKSHOP: A View Camera Workshop with Steve Simmons
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Ninth Ward, New Orleans
Event: 20 x 24 Polaroid Experience
when: December 5, 6, and 7th
where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street (map)
New Orleans, LA 70130

Saturday & Sunday
Noon - 4 or by appointment

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


The New Orleans Photo Alliance is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

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The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s Grants

The Clarence John Laughlin Award

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance 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.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to apply. Still images made from all photographic processes, both traditional and digital will be considered. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental works that include old and new processes, mixed techniques, and challenging personal and emotional statements are all welcome. Still photography or photographic techniques should be integral to the works submitted.

The Magnificent Spiral (No. 5) by Clarence John Laughlin, 1948. (c) The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Magnificent Spiral (No. 5) by Clarence John Laughlin, 1948.
© The Historic New Orleans Collection. Accession number 1981.247.1.981.

2013 Recipient - Walker Pickering
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2012 Recipient - Lee Deigaard
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2011 Recipient - Joni Sternbach
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2010 Recipient - Charles Grogg
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About Clarence John Laughlin

For a solid 35 years between 1930 and 1965, Louisiana-born Clarence John Laughlin (14 August 1905—2 January 1985) photographed and wrote about things that interested him and that he thought others should notice, too.  A resident of New Orleans from the time he was five years old, Laughlin found hidden meanings and universal truths in a variety of sources:  everyday objects, the architecture of New Orleans, Louisiana’s plantations, and Victorian architecture of the United States.  All of these topics, and many others, formed the structure of his photographic groups, a system that served to both organize his archive and define it along thematic lines. He interpreted these subjects, and others, through black and white photographs, accompanied by texts he composed to steer the viewer in certain directions about the photographs’ contents. Collage, multiple exposures, combination printing, and hand-coloring were among the tools he incorporated in crafting his pictures.

Laughlin’s insistence on including the texts with the displayed works often drew criticism from curators and fellow photographers, and his unyielding stance on this point may have slowed the recognition of his unique vision, though his 1948 Ghosts Along the Mississippi was critically acclaimed and remained in print for some four decades.  In the years following his active photographic career, Laughlin tweaked the codification of his work and continued his writing.  In an era where more museums and galleries collected and presented photography exhibitions, Laughlin’s recognition grew.  Museums around the world house his prints.

Though not educated past early high school, Laughlin’s vast personal library covering a dizzying array of topics, informed both his writing and picture making.  In addition to these two pursuits, book collecting on a large scale was the third leg of his philosophical tripod.  Prior to his death, his archive of photographs and writing was acquired by The Historic New Orleans Collection. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge holds his library.
~John H. Lawrence, The Historic New Orleans Collection

Clarence John Laughlin Award Guidelines
You may view the guidelines online here
You may download a PDF of the guidelines here
You may apply for the Clarence John Laughlin Award here

Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions you may contact: CJLAward@neworleansphotoalliance.org