Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Spirit World Show

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2009

Contact: Thom Bennett, V.P. Programming, New Orleans Photo Alliance 504-452-1041

New Orleans Photo Alliance Presents The Spirit World
(New Orleans) The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present a national juried exhibition about the spirit world. Timed to coincide with the season of Halloween and All Saints Day, the show includes documentary, fine art, and conceptual images that evoke the spiritual, supernatural, and unearthly. The images summon memories, imaginings, and the subconscious, blurring boundaries between past and present, presence and absence. Russell Joslin, Editor and Publisher of SHOTS Magazine, served as juror and selected twenty-seven images by eighteen photographers.

Says juror Russell Joslin: “Photography, of course, is a medium most often utilized to document the material world visible before us, yet it also allows photographers to suggest what is not easily apprehended. In skilled hands, it allows for the creation of poetic, atmospheric images through process and manipulation. It permits the use of long exposures, blurring, overlapping, digital maneuvering and other distorting effects that suggest and explore the possibilities of that which may transcend the physical realm. Ultimately, it seems the photographers in this exhibition allude to our human desire to question the limitations of our existence, or to suggest the presence of another.”

The exhibition features works by Renee Allie, Jackie Alpers, Jane Fulton Alt, Anne Berry, John Bridges, Marc Dimov, Michael Donor, Diane Fenster, Jessica Gellweiler, Kirsten Hoving, Kevin Kline, Erin Malone, Emma Powell, Jessica Skloven, Joshua Sleicher-MacCracken, S. Gayle Stevens, Cole Thompson, and Lori Vrba.

It will be on view from October 1 – November 22, 2009 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, 1111 St. Mary Street. Gallery hours are Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 pm, and by appointment. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, October 1, from 6-9 pm.

About NOPA

The New Orleans Photo Alliance is a 501(c)( 3) non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography. NOPA was formed in 2006, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Membership-supported and staffed entirely by volunteers, NOPA offers year-round educational programs, exhibitions and professional opportunities for the benefit of members and the general public. NOPA also coordinates PhotoNOLA, an annual photo festival that takes place each December. In 2009 NOPA instituted the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, to award one $5000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer.

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New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130

New Gallery Hours:
Fri 3-6, Sat & Sun 12-4
or by appointment

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