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PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Discoveries: Charles Latham And Frank Relle

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The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to present “PhotoNOLA PORTFOLIO REVIEW DISCOVERIES: CHARLES LATHAM AND FRANK RELLE,” an exhibition of images that explores the intimate nature of an individual’s life (Latham) and public space and the loss of life (Relle). “PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review Discoveries” will be on view from April 5, 2008 until May 24, 2008 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, 1111 St. Mary Street. The opening reception is on Saturday, April 5th from 6 – 9 p.m.

Bold in their use of color, composition, and subject matter, Charles Latham and Frank Relle were selected as two of the more outstanding photographers during PhotoNOLA’s 2007 Portfolio Reviews. A group of influential gallery owners, editors, publishers, and museum curators from around the United States designated Latham and Relle as engaging and interesting new photo-artists worth watching.

“Charles Latham’s sensational visual tales of gargantuan appetites in the [m]eat series hit me like a bolt from the blue. They are impressive not only for their unprecedented scale by which I refer to the figures within the photographs, not the dimensions of the print itself (what a relief!) but for the tenderness and clear-eyed passion that they manifest. To his credit, Latham is unafraid to implicate himself in his work, which glorifies close inspection, dispenses with prejudiced preconceptions, and radiates with warmth.” said George Slade of Latham’s work in March 2008.

Frank Relle will show photographs from a new series entitled One Life. The images are of murder scenes in New Orleans. The photographs are limited to an edition of one, each representing the one life taken at that location. Proceeds from Relle’s work will be donated to Efforts of Grace, a non-profit organization fostering community development and education.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a not-for-profit group of photographers whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. Since its inception the Photo Alliance has sponsored several photographic exhibitions and workshops in various locations and coordinated PhotoNola: A Month of Photography in New Orleans. A project of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, PhotoNOLA’s purpose is to showcase and celebrate the photographic arts and to promote cultural tourism through a month long series of exhibitions and events. PhotoNOLA will take place throughout the month of December.

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery hours are Fridays, 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Image by Frank Relle.