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Greetings! What an honor to be the first Executive Director of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and our annual photography festival, PhotoNOLA. As the first Executive Director, and the first full-time staff member, the opportunities for growth feel limitless and I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and get down to business. My challenge, however, will be to identify the best opportunities and to create a path we can follow together. I’m spending the majority of my time this month listening and learning to you: our members, photographers, volunteers, funders, and community partners. I’m excited to announce a few new programs that have developed out of those conversations, but a larger strategic plan is in the works and will guide our growth going forward.

The core value of the New Orleans Photo Alliance will not change: community. We are a community of photographers and people who love photography. Building, supporting, and strengthening that community is, and will remain, the heart of who we are. I am honored to be welcomed into this community so warmly and assure you that I will work tirelessly as your advocate. Please join me on April 12 at 6:30pm for a special 2nd Tuesday at NOPA program. I will be hosting an open forum to talk about the future of the Photo Alliance to listen to your thoughts on programming, exhibitions, member benefits, and more. I hope to see you there! – Amy Dailey Williams, Executive Director, NOPA


Malcolm Lightner: Mile O’ MudMALCOLM LIGHTNER_FINAL LAP_2003
Through May 29, 2016
New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery

1111 Saint Mary St., NOLA
Image: Final Lap, 2003

NOPA is proud to be the first venue to present Mile O’ Mud in conjunction with the release of the artists first monograph, Mile O’ Mud: The Culture of Swamp Buggy Racing published by powerHouse Books. Churning the buttery muddy water at the Florida Sports Park, swamp buggy races keep Florida’s frontier heritage alive. With Mile O’ Mud, 4th generation native Floridian Lightner shows us his home’s beauty; scarred and raw, surrounded by lush blue sky and restorative greens and we witness a community unapologetically celebrating their colorful and unique history. REVIEW from Pelican Bomb


Michael P. Smith Fund Grant
Submissions Open Through May 1, 2016
Juror: Stella Kramer


Established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, this fund awards one $5,000 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, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.

2nd Tuesdays at NOPA

April 12, 2016, 6:30-8pm

NOPA Gallery, 1111 Saint Mary St., NOLA

Meet our new Executive Director, Amy Dailey Williams, and welcome her into the fold. Share your ideas for the future of NOPA and PhotoNOLA and hear her ideas for new member benefits and NOPA programming. All are welcome to this special open forum so please bring a friend or two.

Election of NOPA Officers

In accordance with the ByLaws of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, we must have elections for the Board of Officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Programming Director, Education Director, Development Director, Communications Director, Grants Director, PhotoNOLA Director.
If you are interested in any of the positions, please send a letter of interest and a relevant resume to Lisa Cates: The current Board will meet in May to elect the new Board.

Colin Roberson: Taxi Dancer
Private Exhibition Walk-through

Sunday, April 10, 1pm

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center

1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA
Open Gallery Hours: Sun., April 3, 2-5pm &Sun., April 10, 2-5pm
Image: Appreciation, Bourbon and St. Ann, half past midnight, 2015

TAXI DANCE is a selection of silver gelatin prints and audio recordings from 2 years of nocturnal discoveries in the French Quarter. Join photographer Colin Roberson in a private, NOPA members-only exhibition walk-through. The program is open to all current NOPA members on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required; your membership status will be confirmed and a registration confirmation will be emailed within 24 hours. We are capping registration at 25, but will add an additional walk-through if needed.

For more exhibit info, visit Roberson’s website and check out Laurence Ross’ recent essay for the Art Review that includes a selection of Roberson’s photographs.

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Celebrating The Americana
Music Triangle

New Orleans Photo Alliance Exhibition
at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
On view at the Fairgrounds Grandstand:
April 22 – May 1, 2016
Juror: Sacha Lecca, Deputy Photo Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine

The Americana Music Triangle is home to music’s greatest story: nine original genres of music born in one tiny, mystical slice of the globe. This juried group photography exhibition will illustrate the stories and songs, legends and landmarks, struggles and triumphs that created the country’s most powerful cultural export: our music.

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NOPA presents “Desert Suitcase” by Aline Smithson as our2015 Collectors Club Print. 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. PURCHASE NOW

Starting in May, the New Orleans Photo Alliance will create a comprehensive hub for all photography-based events in the New Orleans area. We are developing a new online resource to compile–in one easy to access location–listings of all photography exhibitions, openings, lectures, panel discussions, and other photography-based events. We will continue to spotlight notable events here in the newsletter, so be sure to provide a detailed description of your event for spotlight consideration.

If you have a photography event you would like to share, let us know by submitting the info here. Please pass the news and link along!

A Place and Time – ogden_a place in time

Part I Gallery Talk
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2-3 pm 

Photo Galleries: 304, 305, 306
Ogden Museum of Southern Art  
925 Camp Street, NOLA
Image: Ben Shahn, Church in Louisiana, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 1935, Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum’s Curator of Photography Richard McCabe will conduct a gallery talk of the exhibition, which includes photographs from the American Civil War, early 20th century stereo photographs of New Orleans, Pictorialism, Surrealism and Depression era documentary photography. Photographers featured in the exhibition include Alexander Gardner, George Bernard, E.J. Bellocq, Walker Evans, Eudora Welty, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott and Clarence John Laughlin.

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French Quarter Festival Photography Workshop
Weds., April 6, 2016, 11am-5pm
Scott Edwards Gallery

2109 Decatur St., NOLA

This hands-on workshop is a six hour intensive class and shooting session with official French Quarter Festival photographer Zack Smith. Learn the tips and tricks to photographing musicians, food, and the New Orleans culture as it pertains to the festival in and around the historic French Quarter. ENROLL NOW

Brittan Rosendahl: Subjective ObjectiveGP amped 031
Carroll Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center
Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University, NOLA
April 6 – 15, 2016
Reception: Thurs., April 14, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Walkthrough with the artists: 6pm


Brittan Rosendahl is a Nebraska native and graduate of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln attending graduate school at Tulane University. He regularly investigates found and appropriated imagery, as well as remix, and media circulation. He considers himself a conceptual artist stirred to action by photographic imagery or condition.

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Goatballad: The Pasture Oracles
Through April 23, 2016
Smith & Lens,106 S 2nd St., Bay St. Louis, MS

Smith & Lens Gallery will host this truly unique, interactive installation of photography, mixed media, poetry and more by artist, journalist, rescue goat farmer, Angelina Bellebuono.

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Foreign Matter: A Narrative Account 

Ten Gallery

4432 Magazine St., NOLA
Opening Reception: April 2, 2016, 6-9pm

Foreign Matter: A Narrative Account is a representation of images made while I was living abroad in Frankfurt Germany. Culled from a series of images (Feeling/Being Foreign) that are sequenced and titled, the installation is meant to be a reactivation of the images within a present time and space.


GiveNOLA Day

May 2, 2016

This is a great opportunity to join fellow photographers and photography lovers to support the Photo Alliance. All proceeds will support NOPA programming including workshops, photography exhibitions, and educational opportunities. Check your email and social media for updates.

Cate Sampson & Adam Davies:
2015 NOPA Grant Award Winners

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
June 4 – July 31, 2016
Opening Reception: June 4, 2016

The work of our grant winners Cate Sampson (2015 Michael P. Smith Fund) and Adam Davies (2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award) will be shown concurrently in the NOPA Gallery this summer. Check our website and newsletter for the schedule of related workshops and programs.

logo 2The Center for Fine Art Photography
Center Forward: Annual Open Theme

Juror: Aline Smithson & Hamidah Glasgow
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2016

Artist & Juror Talk: Fri., September 9, 2016, 5-6pm
Reception: Fri., September 9, 2016, 6-9pm
Exhibition: September 2 – October 1, 2016  Call for Entry   Website

Renew Your NOPA Membershipnopa renew

The New Orleans Photo Alliance depends on your contributions to provide dynamic photographic programming, education and funding throughout the Gulf South. NOPA strives to be a cultural stimulus which fosters economic and artistic growth while preserving the rich and diverse photographic culture of New Orleans and the southern region. Please consider becoming a member today, or raising your membership status! Contact