September 1st Deadline: MICHAEL P. SMITH FUND FOR DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY


From the website:
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is accepting submissions for our inaugural $5000 Grant for Documentary Photography. Both emerging and established photographers living in TX, LA, MS, AL or FL are eligible to apply.  The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will announce the winner during PhotoNOLA 2009.
  

Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) will be the inaugural juror of the MPS Fund. Rosenheim is a leading figure in the world of photography and the preeminent authority on Walker Evans. Rosenheim was responsible for bringing to the Metropolitan the complete archives of Walker Evans and Diane Arbus. He has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and continues to be an influential advocate for photography as a significant art medium.


ABOUT MICHAEL P. SMITH:

Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state’s renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians. Smith photographed at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major grandstand exhibition and photo kiosks placed around the Fair Grounds.

In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, produced 5 books, and garnered a host of honors, including 2 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith was an inspiration, a role model and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.

 

 

 

Submission deadline: September 1
Submission guidelines: http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php

Contact/contributions:MPSFun

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