A weekend with Henry Horenstein: April 23rd to the 26th

 Please join us the first weekend of Jazziest, as we celebrate the work of noted photographer and educator Henry Horenstein. It's a full weekend with an exhibition of Henry's work, book signing, portfolio review and workshop! It all starts April 23rd, see below for details.


Opening and Book Signing: Henry Horenstein

Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music 
Thursday April 23

Honky Tonk is a collection of photographs taken between 1968 and 2010 that document the changing world of country music and its fans. Shot in bars, music ranches and famous venues like Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Horenstein not only shows us the performers on stage, but also the dedication and love the fans have for the performers and the music. Of the Project Horenstein says, “all along, in my historian's mind, I always saw this as a disappearing world that I wanted to preserve on film.” As such, Horenstein began this project at a time when he saw the world of country music changing, and wanted to capture it as it was before it turned into the big-business that it is today. “I expect that everyone will remember mega stars like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, but I wonder: Will they remember Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, or, for that matter, Hillbilly Tex? These pictures were made in hopes that they will,” says Horenstein

The work will be on display from April 23 through May 31, 2015, with an opening on April 23rd.


Portfolio Review with Henry Horenstein

Thursday, April 23, 2015 
1:00 P. M to 5:00 PM

Do you have a body of work that needs fresh eyes? Perhaps you need some help in making final selects for a portfolio review/book/exhibition? Heck, maybe you’d like to spend 20 minutes chatting about the weather?

Well, renowned photographer Henry Horenstein will be reviewing a limited number of portfolios on Thursday April 23. The reviews are 20 minutes each and will take place in the NOPA Gallery at 1111 Saint Mary Street, New Orleans, LA.
NOTE: NOPA members receive discount for session. Please email Della or Seth at della@neworleansphotoalliance.org or seth@neworleansphotoalliance.org

Please Arrive no later that 5 minutes prior to your review session.


Exploring Frenchmen Street with Henry Horenstein

April 25 and 26
Presentation of work: April 27

Join Henry Horenstein for a two day workshop exploring Frenchmen street during Jazzfest weekend. The main purpose of the workshop is to get students think about how their work connects and how to develop their own unique vision. Henry will talk about working on projects, working for purpose (books, exhibition, etc.), and making a career in photography. Of course anything else students want to discuss, whether philosophical, creative, professional or technical is on the table as well.

The timetable is as follows:
On Saturday April 25 you will meet at the NOPA Gallery from 2 - 5pm where Henry will give a brief overview of his work and approach. There will also be an informal portfolio review and viewing of participants' work. Participants will then meet on Frenchmen (location TBD) at 6pm and from 6:30 to 9:30 Henry will be available to help guide with the shooting.

Back at NOPA on Sunday April 26 from 2 to 6pm, Henry will meet with class to view work, critique and discuss Saturday’s shoot. Naturally, we will also discuss issues of sequencing, publishing and promoting work in the 21st century.

Lastly, on Monday April 27th, participants will give a public presentation at the NOPA gallery showcasing their work from Frenchmen.

( NOPA members receive discount for workshop. Please email Della and/or Seth at della@neworleansphotoalliance.org or seth@neworleansphotoalliance.org for code)

About Henry Horenstein

Henry Horenstein has been a professional photographer, teacher, and author since the 1970s. He studied history at the University of Chicago and earned his BFA and MFA at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he is now professor of photography. Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books, including Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual, and Digital Photography: A Basic Manual, used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high-school, and art-school students as their introduction to photography. 

He has also published several monographs of his own work, including Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days, Close Relations, and many others. His recent film Spoke has been screened at several venues, including the Austin Film Festival and the Alexandria Film Festival. Henry lives in Boston.

Interview with Thom Bennett, President, New Orleans Photo Alliance

Interview with Thom Bennett, President, New Orleans Photo Alliance
7pm The New Orleans Athletic Club
222 N Rampart St

 Mike Walters, General Manager of The New Orleans Athletic Club today announced the agenda for the club’s Spring Lecture Series and Podcasts. Lectures begin at 7 PM; they are free and open to the public.
The first lecture/interview features Thom Bennnett, President, New Orleans Photo Alliance, interviewed by Elizabeth Perrin. The Alliance encourages the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. It strives to foster economic and artistic growth while preserving the photographic culture of New Orleans.
Morgan Molthrop, local author, Chairman of the Lecture Series and Creative Director of Custom New Orleans, will produce, direct and conduct many of the interviews.“We’re excited to bring elements of fashion and photography, specialties of native New Orleanian, Elizabeth Perrin, into the program this spring,” said Molthrop.
“Also this spring, we are going to experiment by taking one podcast ‘off campus’ to look at sculpture placed in the city after Katrina.” The ‘field trip’ will be led by Michael Manjarris, a leading force behind ‘Sculpture for New Orleans’ and Robert Tannen, artist, architect and urban planner.
Custom New Orleans underwrites the NOAC Lecture Series Podcasts. Custom is the city’s leader in cultural tourism experiences. Carling Dinkler III, founder of Custom New Orleans, said, “We want to use the podcasts to bring the culture of our unique city to a wider audience and create a dynamic program so that people everywhere can see what we’re doing to preserve our history and progress our city.”
Podcasts will be available by visiting http://www.customneworleans.com and clicking on “Podcasts.” The podcast of the finale of the winter series, an interview with Dr. Laura Kelley, author of The Irish in New Orleans, is now available on the Custom New Orleans site.
For more info contact Marqua Brunette, Vice President, Barataria Communications, marquab@comcast.net or call 850-769-9034. To contact Morgan Molthrop, please email morgan.molthrop@gmail.com.

EXHIBITION: Debbie Fleming Caffery, Southern Work

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans
Debbie Fleming Caffery
Southern Work

April 11 - May 23, 2015
Please join us for the opening reception with the artist
April 116 - 8 pm

Debbie Fleming Caffery, Church Steeple and Cornfield, 2011, Gelatin silver print, 14 x 21 inches

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition with Louisiana-based artist Debbie Fleming Caffery. Southern Work will bring together two distinct series that have been pivotal subjects for Caffery throughout her career as well as a recent project inspired by her grandchildren.

Growing up in Louisiana, Caffery was exposed to the distinct and strongly rooted Cajun and African-American communities of the region, absorbing these cultures into her heart and imagination. It is through this lens that the artist was drawn to documenting the seasonal sugar cane harvest. Caffery has been exploring this subject matter since the 1970s and for this exhibition she has printed never-before-seen images from that time period along with images from more recent shoots. While the process of sugar cane harvesting is intense, dangerous and industrial, Caffery achieves a balance of strength and tenderness, darkness and light through her expert employment of shadow, contrast and mysterious composition. The results are a “visual articulation of an emotional and sensual response to stories heard and the smells and sounds in the environment.”

Caffery has been featured in many solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries such as the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; and the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego. Her work has also been included in many group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Caffery is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a Katrina Media Fellowship, Open Society Institute, George Soros Foundation in 2006, and the first Lou Stoumen Mid Career Grant from the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego in 1996. Her work is included in several prominent collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, to name a few.

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans 
454 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
t. 504-309-4249

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

NOPA accepting Michael P. Smith Grant Applications through March 30

Brandon Thibodeaux - Mississippi 662

Michael P. Smith Fund Accepting Applications for $5,000 Grant
 through March 30, 2015

The New Orleans Alliance (NOPA) is currently accepting applications for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography(MPS Fund) 2015 grant. This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, awards one $5,000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project. We are proud to announce our 2015 juror, Emma Reynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications through March 30, 2015. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at  http://www.neworleansphotoalliance.org/grants/MPS_Fund/index.php.
The MPS Fund, founded in 2008, is proud to have supported the work of five documentary photographers: Jonathon Traviesa (New Orleans, LA); Scott Dalton (Houston, TX); Kael Alford (Dallas, TX); Andrew Kaufman (Miami, FL) and Brandon Thibodeaux (Dallas, TX).

As Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation, Ms. Reynes supports independent photographers to cover under-reported stories and imagine innovative means for distribution and engagement. She is also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography in NYC. Emma holds a BA in Art History and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from the New School for Social Research and completed a Hine Documentary Fellowship at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is comprised of a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. It is an artist-run 501(c)3 nonprofit which currently includes more nearly 400 members from across Louisiana and throughout the United States. NOPA sponsors numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs, and coordinates PhotoNOLA, an annual photography festival in New Orleans.

Call for Members' Work

(c) Marc Pagani Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance members are invited to submit images for a slideshow which will be projected at the Eiffel Society Pay-It-Forward Happy Hour on March 11th. At this mixer, on the eve of the SPE National Conference, a slideshow featuring NOPA members' work will be looping throughout the night.

To have your work included, please submit 5 to 10 images in the following format:

Jpegs sized to fit 1600 x 1045 @ 150dpi

(If you want to display your image uncropped, make the HEIGHT 1045 px. Your image will be displayed with grey borders)

Name the files accordingly:
LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_001 (002, 003, etc.)

Use wetransfer.com to send your files to: seth@neworleansphotoalliance.org

In the message area of wetransfer.com please include your name (as you wish it to appear on the slide) and a website address or email to be shown on slide.

Jane P. Doe

Deadline for submissions is midnight CST, Wednesday March 4, 2015.

Do NOT email files directly, they will rejected.

Not a NOPA member? Membership lapsed?
Simply join or re-up before submitting your files:

RSVP for the happy hour event here.

Pay It Forward Happy Hour: Eiffel Society, March 11

On March 11th – the eve of the 2015 SPE National Conference in New Orleans – Eiffel Society will host a Pay It Forward Happy Hour benefiting the New Orleans Photo Alliance.

NOPA and SPE members, and all who love photography or appreciate a good cocktail, are invited to attend. There is no cover charge.

Once a part of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, during the 1940’s, Eiffel Society is a contemporary arts & entertainment venue on St. Charles Avenue. Their weekly “Pay it Forward” Happy Hour Series donates 20% of proceeds to New Orleans’ great non-profits.

Pay it Forward Happy Hour
Wednesday, March 11th
Featuring DJ Swamp Boogie

Eiffel Society | 2040 St. Charles Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70130

OPENING: Mexico, World Heritage Cities

The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to present the photographic exhibition

Mexico, World Heritage Cities
 January 22nd to February 15th,  2015

The Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico
901 Convention Center Blvd, Suite 118,  New Orleans
Opening reception on January 22nd, 2015 at 6:00pm

AT THE OGDEN: Mark Steinmetz: South

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents
Mark Steinmetz: South.
 January 17, 2015 through May 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday January 17, 2015 – 6:00–8:00pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00pm

Mark Steinmetz – Off Interstate 40, Knoxville 1993

Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the traditional boundaries of documentary, street, and fine art photography. Photographing almost exclusively in black and white, Steinmetz explores the fragile and sublime visual tapestry of everyday life, where the mundane and banal become elevated to the exquisite through the lens of his camera. Mark Steinmetz: South will include photographic selections from three of his books published by Nazraeli Press – South East, South Central and Greater Atlanta, along with a compilation of new and unseen work.

The artist will be present for the exhibition opening on January 17th (from 6 to 8pm)  and will lead a gallery talk on Sunday, January 18th at 1pm.

Admission for each event is $10/ free for Ogden members.