The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography
Funeral of Emile Victor Clay, image by Michael P. Smith, 1996 © The Historic New Orleans Collection
2018 GRANT GUIDELINES
The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a 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 for the MPS Fund’s annual grants. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region but the photographers main residence must be within these 5 states.
MPS 2018 Award Details:
- $5,000 cash award | Featured exhibition in the NOPA Gallery | online exhibition permanently archived on the NOPA website
- April 10th – Open Call For Submissions
- June 5th – Online submissions deadline @ 11:59 PM CST
- June 19th: Winners announced
Our 2018 Juror is Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art
Gregory is a specialist in documentary photography best known for his work with emerging artists. Harris was previously the Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, where he curated exhibitions including Sonja Thomsen: Glowing Wavelengths in Between (2015), The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (2014), and Studio Malick: Portraits from Mali (2012). He also organized and authored catalogues for the exhibitions We Shall: Photographs by Paul D’Amato (2013), Matt Siber: Idol Structures (2015), and Liminal Infrastructure (2015).
Harris also held curatorial positions at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he organized the exhibitions In the Vernacular (2010) and Of National Interest (2008). His essay “Photographs Still and Unfolding” was published in Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography (McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, 2016). Harris also wrote the introduction for Black Is the Day, Black Is the Night (2016), by Los Angeles–based photographer Amy Elkins, which was shortlisted for the Aperture First Photobook Prize.
Harris is a founding editor of the photobook press Skylark Editions and serves on the Board of Directors for LATITUDE, a community digital lab in Chicago. He earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“The Peacock Fan (1940)” photograph by Clarence John Laughlin. © The Historic New Orleans Collection
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The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created 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.
The Clarence John Laughlin Award annually grants one $5000 prize and an exhibition in the NOPA gallery to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the U.S. may apply. There are no restrictions on subject matter or genres.
SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED.