The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s
Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
The 2013 MPS Fund Submissions Deadline is March 29th!
MPS Fund for Documentary Photography 2013 Grant Guidelines
The MPS Fund grant is awarded through a two-part review process. The three jurors who will select 10 finalists are Stacey D. Clarkson, Art Director of Harper’s Magazine; Ed Kashi, Photographer and member of VII; and Susan Sterner, Director of New Media Photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Kevin Miller, Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography, will select the 2013 MPS Fund Grant recipient from the 10 finalists.
Congratulations to all of the 2012 finalists for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography: Jeremiah Ariaz, David Armentor, Lizzie Chen, Dennis Church, Jennifer Kaczmarek, Tomas Montoya, Raymond Thompson, MaryLou Uttermohlen, Michel Varisco, and Monique Verdin. Learn more about their work and their projects here.
The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards one $5000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.
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 is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.
The 2012 submissions period for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Grant is closed. Our next grant cycle begins in January of 2013. Please return to our site in the coming months for the 2013 guidelines.
Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions you may contact: MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org
Funeral of Emile Victor Clay, image by Michael P. Smith, 1996;
© The Historic New Orleans Collection
Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state's renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians. Smith photographed at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major grandstand exhibition and photo kiosks placed around the Fair Grounds.
Michael P. Smith Fund and grant information: MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org