Archive for December 9, 2008

New Orleans! Events continue this week: PhotoNOMA, future of photojournalism panel and more

I’ve just returned from PhotoNOLA, the portfolio review event organized by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), an organization started by the photography community in the post-Katrina days that has grown in a short time to become a wonderful and vital source of energy and dialogue. The folks from NOPA had worked out every detail, and a great time was had by all. The New Orleans Museum of Art and A Gallery For Fine Photography both hosted evemts, as well as many participating exhibition spaces too numerous to list. To add to the excitement, the featured artwork and installations that are a part of Prospect 1 are on view all over New Orleans through January 18th. I saw great work, and met great people, and look forward to next year’s reviews. That said – the events continue!

Thursday, December 11th, 6-9 p.m.:

New Orleans Museum of Art (City Park)
Admission is $5 / free for NOMA members

The New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, is thrilled to present PhotoNOMA, a photographers’ portfolio night at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Thursday, December 11th will mark the return of this popular annual event, formerly known as Underexposed. PhotoNOMA will feature 100 photographers displaying their work for a community walk through. The event will run from 6-9pm, and is open to the public. Entrance is free for NOMA members and $5 for non-members. The New Orleans Museum of Art is located at One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park.

“We are thrilled that the New Orleans Museum of Art is supporting contemporary photography by sponsoring this amazing event,” said Maja Georgiou, event organizer. “PhotoNOMA was very well attended last year, and we expect it to be one of the most popular events in this years PhotoNOLA lineup. We hope photography enthusiasts and the public at large come out to see the wide range of work that will be on display, and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with the artists.” Photographers from throughout the region will be participating, from the beginning to the well established, including Tim Best, Wallace Merritt and Leslie Parr.

Friday, December 12th, 7 p.m.:

Jamel Shabazz lecture, McKenna Museum Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet Street in New Orleans, (504) 586-7432

Saturday, December 13th, 11 – 4 p.m.:

New Orleans Photo Alliance Street Fair
1100 Block of St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to announce the second annual New Orleans Photo Alliance Street Fair. 30 artists, including Andy Levin, George Long and Christopher Porche West, will be selling photographs, books, cards and more. Live musical entertainment throughout the day will feature Nattie, Patrice Fischer and ARPA, 30×90, Matt Holt and Paula and the Pontiacs. The Street Fair will take place on Saturday, December 13, from 11 am – 4pm in the 1100 Block of St. Mary Street (between Magazine Street and Sophie Wright Place).

“Come have fun, enjoy awesome music and amazing photography, get in some holiday shopping and support your local artists all in one stop,” said “funtrepreneur” and event organizer, Pat Jolly. “We’ll have a wide range of photographers exhibiting everything from limited edition silver prints, hand tinted images, cyanotypes, VanDyke Brown prints and giclees on canvas, along with books, greeting cards and even magnets.”

Musical Line-up
11:00 Matt Holt
11:30 Nattie at the DMV
12:15 Patrice Fischer and ARPA
1:30 Paula and The Pontiacs
2:45 30×90

Exibiting Artists: Renee Allie, Mike Brouphy, Emily Claassen, Kimberly Deterline, Maja Georgiou, Dreama Goldsmith, Grant Ingram, Eric Julien, Eleanor Kerr, Andy Levin, George Long, Clare Loughran, Marianne Marcell, Michelle O’Reagan, Eli Pritykin, Michelle Pujols, Michael Remy, Natalie Root, Natasha Sanchez, Patricia Sills, Amanda Thomas, Laurie Thompson, Annie Walker, Christopher Porche West, Zander White, Faithe Wood, Alan Zakem.

Thanks to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Sweet Home New Orleans for their generous support of the musical component of this event.

Saturday, December 13th, 12 Noon – 4 p.m.:

Book signing with artists Maggie Taylor and Keith Carter at:

A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 568-1313

Opening December 5th, reception on Saturday, December 13th, 5-8 p.m.:

Pictures of the Year International is privileged to bring its 50-Print Traveling Exhibition, “Visions of Excellence,” to New Orleans for PhotoNOLA, a month long celebration of photography.

Visions of Excellence,” a collection of 50 extraordinary images from photojournalists around the world, opens December 5 at the Louisiana State Museum’s Arsenal Gallery at the Cabildo, Jackson Square. The exhibit is a focal point of PhotoNOLA, a citywide celebration of photography presented each December by the nonprofit New Orleans Photo Alliance.

“This is a rare opportunity for the community to experience the best of photojournalism in the best possible way, through a collection of large, masterfully printed images displayed in one of New Orleans’ most historic settings,” said Mark Sindler, President of the New Orleans Photo Alliance.

“Visions of Excellence” presents an extreme wide-angle view of the world, with photos selected from 44,000 submissions to the 65th-annual Pictures of the Year International competition. New Orleans is represented by Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson’s iconic image of a Hurricane Katrina survivor draped in an American flag.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance and the Louisiana State Museum will host a reception at the Cabildo on Saturday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, December 14, 1:30 – 4:00

Dr. Tony Lewis, Louisiana State Museum’s Curator of Visual Arts, will present an illustrated talk entitled “From Szathmari to Magnum: The Origins of Photojournalism” (1:30 to 2:30 p.m.).

Following Dr. Lewis’ talk, Dr. Leslie Parr, Associate Professor at Loyola University’s School of Mass Communication, will lead a panel entitled “Promise and Peril: The Changing Face of Photojournalism.” Panelists include Doug Parker, Times-Picayune photo editor; Ted Jackson; Rick Shaw, Director, Pictures of the Year International; and freelance photographer Lori Waselchuk.

To view upcoming events, click here.

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