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January 2016 Newsletter

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The New Orleans Photo Alliance had a busy and productive 2015 and we look forward to more of the same in 2016. Beginning last year with Qué Bola Asere: Celebrating Cuba, we then hosted part of the SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show (the other part was hosted by the Ogden) during the SPE’s National Conference. Henry Horenstein’s Honky Tonk Portraitsthen graced the walls of the gallery in late Spring during French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest. Our2014 Grant Winners, Brandon Thibodeaux (Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography) and Keliy Anderson-Staley (Clarence John Laughlin Award) had a joint exhibit and we were lucky to have them both at the opening. The Fall exhibition, Catalyst, juried by Alan F. Rothschild, Jr. (Director of The Do Good Fund), featured eighteen artists whose work focused on the themes of rebirth, rejuvenation, and transformation to mark the 10th anniversary of Katrina. The year wrapped up with the 2014 PhotoNOLA Review Prize winner, Eliot Dudik (which continues to February 14). A special thank you to Della Viator and the gallery volunteers – Liam Conway, Michael Broome, Ken Pape, and Nat Fleck – who kept the NOPA gallery open Tuesday to Sunday every week so the public can view all of our wonderful exhibitions.

thank you photonola 22015 saw our 10th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival, which represents quite a milestone for Jen Shaw and her PhotoNOLA committee. Each PhotoNOLA has its own personality and this one, by all accounts, hit on all cylinders. Tina Barney’s Keynote (thanks Russell!), the Gala (thanks Lisa!), the workshops (thanks Betsy!), CURRENTS 2015 (thanks Richard!), Education Day (thanks Swanee!), the Portfolio Reviews (thanks Millie and Vanessa!), Museum Day (thanks LA State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Ogden, the CAC!), and the Wrap Party (thanks WWII Museum!) all went off without a hitch.
photonola headerThere is a tremendous amount of planning and coordination that goes into this event and the volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes truly make it seamless: Jason, Eric, Susan, Mallory, Jenny, Judy, George, Jeff, Ryan, Max,Lori, Ellen, Sam, David Rae, and Owen to name but a few. Thanks as well to all of the participating exhibition venues for showcasing photography during December and to our supporters and partners. The success of PhotoNOLA truly points to how, as an Alliance, we all benefit when we put our combined efforts into showcasing how important New Orleans is for photography.

Of course, the big news for 2015 was creating the opportunity to hire an Executive Director for NOPA. A generous donor presented us with a $25K Matching Grant Challenge and, in just thirty days, 180 donations put us over the goal! We are in the middle of the process of reviewing resumes so, in 2016, we will be welcoming an Executive Director to lead the organization into its second decade of accomplishments. I hope to see you in 2016. Perhaps at 2nd Tuesdays at NOPA, an opening of an exhibition at the gallery, a workshop, PhotonNOLA 2016, or out on the street with a camera in your hand.

-Thom Bennett

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Broken Land|Still Lives
Through February 14, 2016
NOPA Gallery
1111 Saint Mary St, NOLA

NOPA presents a solo exhibition by Eliot Dudik, winner of the PhotoNOLA 2014 Review Prize, featuring selections from two bodies of work, in which Dudik documents Civil War battlegrounds and historic reenactments, exploring the connection between culture, landscape, memory, and politics. Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston. More info Image: Eliot Dudik – Ian Dillinger, 16th SC, Died 45 times, sometimes dies twice in battleatnopaheader
2nd Tuesdays at NOPAnopa member meeting icon

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30pm

NOPA Gallery, 1111 Saint Mary Street
Free and open to the public

NOPA kicks off 2016 with a new direction for the monthly member meetings – now known as 2nd Tuesdays at NOPA! This year, we will continue our rotating schedule of photo events – presenters, portfolio shares, and more.

Our first event is an informal discussion – “Let’s Talk Photography!” Any new gear for the holiday season? How was your PhotoNOLA experience – who or what event inspired you the most? (you know we all have stories!) What are your photographic goals and/or ideas this year? We also would love your input on upcoming events – give us your POV! Exhibitions Coordinator Todd Rennie has done a beautiful job of redesigning the gallery, and NOPA Librarian David Armentor keeps our library stocked with a great selection of photography books. Come to the first 2nd Tuesday at NOPA event of the year to check it out and connect with the local photography community!

NOPA Seeks Executive Directornopa

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is seeking a creative and personable Executive Director to lead the organization into its second decade. This marks the first time that NOPA, a democratic organization established by dedicated volunteers, will hire a full-time salaried employee.  READ MORE

nopaNOPA Seeks Education Chair

NOPA is looking for someone to be the Education Committee Chair. This position involves creating and overseeing outreach programs, after-school workshops, mentorship opportunities, etc. This is a Board position and is crucial to our connection to the community. Please send a letter of interest and any relevant work history to Thom Bennett

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PhotoNOLA Collectors Club Print

NOPA presents “Desert Suitcase” by Aline Smithsonas our 2015 Collectors Club Print.
The image, from her recent series Due West, is a nod to those who move west in search of the promised land. Smithson is an award-winning California-based photographer whose work is published & exhibited internationally. The edition is a museum quality archival pigment print featuring an 8″×8″ image size on 12″×10″ hot press, cotton rag paper, signed & numbered by the artist. Limited to 100 prints (plus five artists proofs), all proceeds support PhotoNOLA programming. The PhotoNOLA Collectors Club series is a fundraising initiative to encourage collecting and offers patrons an opportunity to own works by renowned contemporary photographers at a very accessible price point – $100 plus shipping. PURCHASE NOW
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Renee Allie: 

Stumbling Into Desire
featuring photographs from her 25 years withthe Krewe of St. Anne

Hiram Ed Taylor:
Sculptural Figures
Opening Reception: Fri., Jan. 8, 2016, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 6-9pm
Rabbit Ears

8225 Oak Street, NOLA
Hours: Tues.- Sat. 12-6pm

CURRENTS 2015:2081
New Orleans Photo Alliance Annual Members Showcase

Through January 24, 2016
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp St., NOLA

Featuring 4-5 images by each selected artist, theshow gives viewers a deeper insight into each photographer’s vision and reflects an overview of contemporary photographic practices. From juror Alexa Dilworth, Publishing & Awards Director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, “The thirteen series that I’ve selected for this show interested me in the way they construct stories, shift perspectives, incorporate language, and speak to questions of representation separately and in conversation with each other.” Featured artists: Alia Ali (New Orleans/Marrakech, Morocco), Keliy Anderson-Staley (Houston), JT Blatty (New Orleans), Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh), Benjamin Dimmitt (Fairview, NC), Matt Eich (Charlottesville, VA), Richard Max Gavrich (New Orleans), Molly Lamb (Quincy, MA), Jennifer McClure (Astoria, NY), Heather Oelklaus (Colorado Springs), Donna Pinckley (Little Rock, AR), Aline Smithson (Los Angeles), Qian Zhao (San Francisco) Image: JT Blatty from the series Fish Town

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Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

Through January 17, 2016
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp St., NOLA

In September 1972, Bill Yates was driving the back roads of Florida outside of Tampa, looking for things to photograph, when he came upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink. Yates stopped his car, went inside and started photographing – thus beginning a 7-month project documenting the skaters. Image: Bill Yates, Untitled 498, Gelatin Silver Print, 1973

troellerLinda Troeller: Living in the Chelsea Hotel
Through January 30, 2016

Coup d’oeil Art Consortium
2033 Magazine St., NOLA

Built in 1883, the Hotel Chelsea quickly became the most famous and notorious hotel in the world. It has been a center of artistic and bohemian activity, with notable residents like Ethan Hawke, Phillip Taaffe, Sally Singer, Milos Forman, Rene Ricard, and Joseph O’Neill. This photographic collage of 76 images and vignettes was gathered by longtime hotel resident Linda Troeller prior to the hotel’s restoration.

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Front Gallery: Through February 14
Back Gallery: February 18 – April 10

Scott Edwards Gallery
2109 Decatur St. NOLA

This exhibition contains 27 black and white limited edition 16×20 gelatin silver prints taken between 2008 (Obama’s election) and 2015 (50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday March of 1965) in Selma, AL.

Through February 28, 2016
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park
Curator: Todd Rennie

Inspired by photography’s inextricable relationship with time, this selection of pictures from the museum’s permanent collection invites an intimate reflection on the concept of time and our place within it. Image: Abstraction, ca. 1978, Tom McNease, Gelatin silver print with chemical manipulation

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New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery

Submission Deadline: February 7, 2016, midnight CST

This year we are bringing back our popular Push Pin show – and in a new format!  On February 16, 2016, NOPA will present Digital Push Pin, aone-night-only exhibition of Members work projected on the walls of the NOPA Gallery. To have your work included, please submit 5 – 10 images in the following format:
•    Jpegs sized to fit 1777 x 1000 @ 150dpi. (To display your image uncropped, make the HEIGHT 1000 px. Your image will be displayed with black borders)
•    Name the files accordingly: LAST_NAME_FIRST Initial_001 (002, 003, etc.), numbered in the sequence in which the images are displayed.
•    Use to send your files to:; in the message area of include your name (as you wish it to appear on slide) and a web address or email to be shown on slide (ex:Jane P. Doe,
•    Do NOT email files directly, they will rejected.
•    Any files not adhering to naming structure and image sizing will be rejected

Not a NOPA member? Membership lapsed? Simply join or re-up before submitting your files.

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9th Annual International
Juried Plastic Camera Show

Submission Deadline: January 11, 2016

RayKo’s plastic camera competition is open to artists working with plastic cameras with plastic lenses. The more obsolete, flawed, and lo-tech, the better. Images should be taken with cameras with limited controls, such as, but not limited to Diana, Holga, Lubitel, Lomo, Banner, and Ansco cameras. This year’s featured artist is Gordon Stettinius. SUBMIT NOW  Image: Gordon Stettinius

POY: 73rd International CompetitionPictures_of_the_Year_International_(POY)_logo
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016

The mission of POY International is to recognize excellence in documentary photography and photojournalism, within still photography, motion photojournalism (videography) and visual editing in both print and online formats.

APG Gallery: Revealing The RealRevealingTheReal-02
Submission Deadline: January 17, 2016

Juror: Anna Walker Skillman
(Owner/Director, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta)

Atlanta Photography Group is looking for imagery that uses the revelatory powers of photography to manifest the beauty, pain, and mystery of different realities, as well as work that explores the concept of reality. APG is open to a broad range of work that incorporates the lens or photographic process in a significant way, including manipulated and mixed processes. MORE INFO 

Brush with Burden

2016 Art Exhibition
Submission Deadline: January 20, 2016
Juror: Laurin McCracken, AWS, NWS
SUBMIT NOW  Questions: Kathy Stone

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