Friday, October 8, 2010

New Orleans Photo Alliance presents PhotoNOLA

The New Orleans Photo Alliance presents:
PhotoNOLA 2010
The Fifth Annual Festival of Photography in New Orleans
December 2-11, 2010

(New Orleans, Louisiana)  PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) in partnership with galleries, museums and other venues citywide. The fifth annual festival takes place December 2-11, 2010 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month.
PhotoNOLA festivities will kick off with French Quarter openings and a Slideluck Potshow on Thursday, December 2.  An Education Day on December 3 will offer a Focus on Publishing symposium featuring Mary Virginia Swanson and other experts in the field of contemporary photography book publishing.  Also that evening, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host a multi-artist book-signing event including Sylvia Plachy and Dave Anderson, immediately followed by our keynote presentation by Michael Kenna. 

PhotoNOLA’s portfolio reviews, with a national cast of more than 20 curators, editors and gallerists, takes place Dec 4-5.  Saturday evening’s PhotoWALK will feature the work of our review participants offering the public a peek at 65 rising photographers from across the country.  More than 20 exhibition opening receptions will take place 6-9pm that night followed by the PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction at The Big Top, a fundraiser for the New Orleans Photo Alliance.  The evening of Sunday, December 5 includes cocktail receptions, among them a one night only exhibit of Lori Vrba’s “Piano Farm.”

NOPA’s Six Shooters program on Monday, December 6 will feature six photographers in a panel discussion moderated by Dan Cameron.  Other weeknight events feature Jonathan Traviesa, Kathleen Robbins and Priya Kambli.  Although many exhibitions continue throughout the month, the festival wraps up on Saturday, December 11 with an afternoon presentation by Stephen Wilkes that is sponsored by Canon.  Art openings in the St. Claude Arts District and Bywater will follow, including an open studio with internationally acclaimed photographer Josephine Sacabo.

During the Festival, exhibitions will feature work by Michael Kenna, Sebastiao Salgado, David Halliday, Priya Kambli, Jessica Ingram, Walker Evans, Letitia Huckaby, and many others.  Workshops, gallery talks, and lectures are also included in the lineup.  Most events are free and open to the public.

For more information please see  High resolution images for use in publications are available by sending an email to

About the New Orleans Photo Alliance:

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 a volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which currently includes more than 400 members from across Louisiana and the United States.  Since its inception, the New Orleans Photo Alliance has sponsored numerous photographic exhibitions, workshops, and educational programs including PhotoNOLA, the annual photography festival in New Orleans.  NOPA administers two $5000 annual awards; The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award.

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary St.
NOLA 70130
Gallery Hours:
Sat & Sun 12-4
or by appointment

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