PhotoNOLA 2010: Registration opens SEPTEMBER 1 for Portfolio Reviews in early December in New Orleans!

Today is the day that registration opens for PhotoNOLA, one of my favorite portfolio review events organized by one of my favorite organizations, the New Orleans Photo Alliance.  An all volunteer organization run by photographers in the New Orleans area, this group of generous photographers work hard to host an annual city-wide event (December 2-11) which consists of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and more.

One of the highlights of PhotoNOLA is a of this is a 3-day event consisting of an educational day and a portfolio review event:

On Friday, December 3rd there is an education day on PUBLISHING (I’m presenting “To Be Published or Self-Publish” on  and moderating a panel of publishing professionals in the afternoon) with an EVENING LECTURE by Michael Kenna.

Then, a two-day portfolio review event is held on December 4th and 5th.  Space is limited – it’s a small-scale review which enables photographers and reviewers to have more opportunities than just their 20-minute review to engage in a dialogue.

Everything is walking distance from the hotel (International House Hotel), no car is needed.

Registration for this portfolio review event is on a first-come, first-served basis, and opens TOMORROW, September 1st.

Reviewers confirmed at this time include:

Peter Barberie, Philadelphia Museum of Art
David Bram, Fraction Magazine
Darren Ching, Klompching Gallery
Roy Flukinger, Harry Ransom Center
David Houston, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Michael Itkoff, Daylight Magazine
Eric Keller, Soulcatcher Studio
Anne Kendellen, Blue Sky Gallery
Kevin Longino, Kevin Longino Fine Photographs
Anne Lyden, The Getty Museum
Kevin Miller, Southeast Museum of Photography
Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine | Plates to Pixels
Maarten Schilt, Schilt Publishing
Miriam Romais, En Foco
Jennifer Schwartz, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
George Slade, Photographic Resource Center
Mary Virginia Swanson, Mary Virginia Swanson & Associates
Amber Terranova, PDN
Jennifer Thompson, Princeton Architectural Press
Gregory Wakabayashi, Welcome Books
Jennifer Ward, FotoFest Exhibitions Coordinator
Del Zogg, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

CALENDAR for the entire city-wide celebration:

PhotoNOLA Calendar of Events | December 2010

Dec 2 – Art Openings, French Quarter 5-7pm

Dec 2 – Slideluck Potshow 7-10pm

Dec 3 – Education Day: Focus on Publishing, IHH 9am–4pm

Dec 3 – Michael Kenna Lecture, THNOC 7-9pm

Dec 4 – Portfolio Reviews 9am-4pm

Dec 4 – PhotoWALK at IHH, 5-7pm

Dec 4 – Art Openings, Citywide, 6-9pm

Dec 4 – PhotoGALA | 5th Anniversary Party, The Big Top 9pm-12am

Dec 5 – Portfolio Reviews 9am-4pm

Dec 5 – Michelle Bates Plastic Camera Workshop, The Big Top 10am-4pm

Dec 5 – Photographers Happy Hour, Loa Bar 4-6pm

Dec 5 – Art Openings, St. Claude Arts District, Treme, 6-9pm

Dec 6 – Michelle Bates Workshop, Part II, 4-6pm

Dec 6 – Six Shooters Panel Discussion, CAC 7-9pm

Dec 7 – Jonathan Traviesa Lecture, NOPA 7pm

Dec 11- Art Openings, Downtown & St. Claude Arts District, 6-9pm

ABOUT PHOTONOLA from the website:

“PhotoNOLA is an annual celebration of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries and alternative venues citywide. Showcasing work by photographers near and far, the festival spans the first two weekends of December. It includes exhibitions, workshops, lectures, a portfolio review, gala and more. PhotoNOLA draws hundreds of photography professionals to the city to partake in a variety of educational programs, and reaches broadly into the local community with exhibitions and events that are largely free and open to the public.

PhotoNOLA seeks to enhance dialogue around the medium of photography and further develop New Orleans as a prime destination for photography collectors, enthusiasts and professionals in the field.

The 5th Annual PhotoNOLA will take place December 2-11, 2010.

HISTORY
Established in 2006, PhotoNOLA was conceived during the formative stages of the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA). In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Don Marshall of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation initiated a series of brainstorming sessions with different segments of the arts community, shaping groups and programs to spur cultural rebuilding. Under Marshall’s guidance, photographers created NOPA to serve the needs of the Gulf Coast photographic community. PhotoNOLA was created to highlight the photographic arts and to stimulate economic recovery in New Orleans.

The PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review began in 2007. It has quickly grown to attract a national gathering of accomplished photographers who convene to share work with esteemed curators, editors, publishers and gallery owners from throughout the U.S. and abroad. By fostering the exchange of art and ideas, it supports the work of emerging and established photographers. The PhotoNOLA Review Prize honors three outstanding portfolios each year. In addition, the Saturday night PhotoWALK serves to educate the general public by offering the opportunity to view portfolios and interact directly with participating photographers.

Broad ranging photography exhibitions are on view throughout the month of December, spotlighting diverse applications of the medium. A series of workshops, lectures and panel discussions further the educational goals of PhotoNOLA. Additionally, the annual PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction raises funds to support NOPA’s year round programming initiatives.”

I look forward to seeing you there!

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