Thursday, August 6, 2009

Michael P Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lori Waselchuk

Jeff L. Rosenheim of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be Inaugural Juror for the Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

New Orleans, LA (August 6, 2009) – The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is proud to announce that Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, will be the inaugural juror of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund). This fund, established by NOPA to honor the legendary New Orleans photographer Michael P. Smith, will award 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.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance will award one $5000 grant annually to a photographer residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Both emerging and established photographers living in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida are eligible to apply to the MPS Fund. The subject matter for the proposed project, however, is not limited to the Gulf Coast region. NOPA will accept grant applications through September 1, 2009 and will announce the winner during this year’s PhotoNOLA festival in December 2009. For submission guidelines and to download an application form, visit the Michael P. Smith Fund’s website at

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.

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a diverse group of photographers who joined forces in 2006 to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. NOPA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that currently includes more than 300 members from across Louisiana and the United States. Since its inception, NOPA has sponsored photographic exhibitions, workshops and educational programs. It also coordinates PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival held each December at venues throughout New Orleans.

To learn more about the New Orleans Photo Alliance, please visit our website at For additional information about the Michael P. Smith Fund, please contact Lori Waselchuk at 225-907-6695 or go to

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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