Archive for October 16, 2007

PhotoNOLA: A Month of Photography; Registration OPENS for Portfolio Reviews

From the press release:

“The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in conjunction with museums, galleries and photographers citywide, presents the Second Annual PhotoNOLA: A Month of Photography in New Orleans. Throughout the month of December there will be exhibitions, gallery talks, portfolio reviews, a street fair, lectures, panel discussions and workshops, all celebrating the art of photography.

“The creative community of New Orleans continues to send its beacon of light to the world. The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a remarkable group of photographers pushing forward and outward with the Second Annual PhotoNOLA – a great month of quality fine art photography events in New Orleans” said Joshua Mann Pailet, owner of A Gallery for Fine Photography and New Orleans Photo Alliance Board Member. “The diverse palette of events is worthy of a visit and partaking in this rich cultural city in December 2007.”

Ø The festivities kick off on Friday, November 30th with a Gala & Print Auction at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Annex, featuring work by Maggie Taylor, Chris Jordan, Dave Anderson, Hiroshi Watanabe, Keith Carter and others.

Ø Event highlights include Portfolio Reviews on Dec 1st & 2nd, with a national cast of gallerists, curators and editors from throughout the U.S. serving as reviewers, including Clint Willour, Director and Curator of the Galveston Arts Center in Texas; Nadja Masri, NY Bureau Chief of GEO Magazine; and Rick Hock, Director of Exhibitions at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.

Click here to learn more about the Portfolio Reviews; and click here to register. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is OPEN!

Ø Workshops and public slide presentations by artists Chris Jordan and Keith Carter are scheduled for the first and second weekends, respectively.

Ø Coordinated gallery openings on Saturday, Dec 1st and Dec 8th will showcase some great contemporary photography, including work by Debbie Fleming Caffery, Robert Polidori, Josephine Sacabo and Louviere+Vanessa.

Ø Another much anticipated event is PhotoNOMA on Wednesday December 5th, where 100 photographers will display their portfolios for a community walk through at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Ø On Thursday, Dec 6th Joshua Mann Pailet will give a free public lecture, The Art of Business – Collectors, Collectibles, Cache and Clichés at the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Ø Saturday, Dec 8th brings the PhotoNOLA French Quarter Day, with a series of events to include a book publishing panel discussion hosted by the Louisiana State Museum including Sandra Russell Clark, David Rae Morris, Richard Sexton and others; a presentation on the work and life of Clarence John Laughlin at the Historic New Orleans Collection; and a book signing and reception at A Gallery for Fine Photography.

Ø For holiday fun, the Alliance will host its first Photo Alliance Street Fair on Saturday, Dec 15th in the 1100 block of St. Mary Street. Additional gallery talks, panel discussions and workshops will be offered throughout the month for those interested in learning more about the photographic arts.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is an artist-run nonprofit, which formed after Hurricane Katrina to showcase and celebrate photographic arts. This December, the Alliance is proud to present its first solo show, “Soldier Portraits,” by Savannah artist Ellen Susan, who uses the archaic wet plate collodion process to create haunting photographs of Iraq War soldiers. The exhibition will open on Saturday, Dec1 at the Alliance’s new 1111 St. Mary Street gallery and run through Jan 22. Ellen Susan will present a gallery talk about her work on Sunday, Dec 2 at 6pm.

For additional information on PhotoNola or The New Orleans Photo Alliance visit http://www.photonola.org or www.neworleansphotoalliance.blogspot.com For questions, complete exhibitions & calendar listings or image requests please contact info@photonola.org.”

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Boston: Lauren Shaw at Emerson, Opening Reception This Thursday, October 18 6-8 p.m.

Photographer Lauren Shaw began a 10-year oddessy intended to be an exhibition and a companion publication. During that span of time, however, the tools to capture audio and video become more accessible, both in portability, and affordability. She returned to the subjects in her project and produced and accompanying video that travels with the print exhibition and independently to film festivals. She, along with others such as Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur, were early to adding a multimedia component to their work, honoring their subjects by bringing their voices to a much larger audience.

Emerson College will be presenting both the exhibition and the film “Maine Women Living on the Land” through November 14th. Lauren Shaw will be present at the reception this Thursday at te Huret & Spector Gallery, 10 Boylston Place, 6th Floor.

From the Press Release:
“The women of Maine – including a blueberry farmer, a business owner, a herbalist, and a State Representative – are captured in a new exhibition at Emerson College’s Huret and Spector Gallery. Maine Women: Living on the Land is acclaimed photographer Lauren Shaw’s documentary photography series.

Maine Women: Living on the Land features ten Maine women that have lived most of their lives on the land either by producing goods or building a community. “The show not only celebrates the tenacity and integrity of these ten women, but also those individuals that have lived their life in a similar fashion,” declares Lauren Shaw. Her black and white photographic installation also includes a video documentary as well as a series of triptychs that marry photographs with topographical maps of the area.

New England photographer Lauren Shaw has been spending the past twenty-six years in Maine as a part time resident. The exhibition began to take shape in 1996 when Shaw decided to start documenting women in Maine in attempt to understand the community.

Shaw’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and included in nationally known photography collections such as the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Getty Museum. She is currently an associate professor and the head of the photography program in the Department of Visual And Media Arts, where she has taught since 1972.”

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