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Young Photographers Alliance NOLA exhibit opens June 29

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By Donna Viering

Beginning Saturday, June 29, the McKenna Museum of African-American Art in New Orleans will host an exhibit of photographs by members of first Crescent City team of the international Young Photographers Alliance‘s 2012 Mentoring Program.

An opening reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit features works exploring the theme of “Hometown,” with works by Annie Wentzell, Nika B. Carter, Amanda Torres, Zach Breaux and Donna Viering. The show will be on view through Saturday, July 27.

The mentoring program is an annual summer initiative of the Young Photographer Alliance, an international organization founded in New York in 2009. It pairs talented college students and recent graduates with leading photographers, and gives students the opportunity to fine-tune their craft, as well as learn business and marketing skills.

Serving as mentors for the 2012 New Orleans team were NOPA members Daymon Gardner and Jennifer Shaw, also the coordinator for the annual PhotoNOLA festival.

Guest speakers for the program included NOPA members Joshua Mann Pailet of A Gallery for Fine Photography, George Long, Will Crocker, Frank Relle and the Ogden Museum of Art’s Sue Strachan. They addressed subjects relevant to professional photography ranging from artist/gallery relationships to legal matters.

The McKenna Museum is located at 2003 Carondolet Street. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and by appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

More photos from the NOLA Team are shown below:

By Amanda Torres


By Annie Wentzel
By Nika Carter
By Zach Breaux