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Event: PhotoNOLA in New Orleans

December 7, 2015

Are you looking for a cultural photography event to attend this winter? Consider taking a trip to New Orleans from December 10–13, 2015 for an annual festival of photography called PhotoNOLA. The event is going to be huge—the lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, book signings, and big party called PhotoGALA. New Orleans culture, the holiday season, huge crowds of photography nerds gathered in the same place—do you really need more reasons to attend this event? If you do, keep reading!

Support photography and New Orleans culture.

PhotoNOLA was created in 2006 by the New Orleans Photo Alliance. After Hurricane Katrina hit, the alliance wanted to come up with a way to rebuild the culture and continue supporting photography in the area. Over the years, the event has grown into a national event which attracts photographers near and far—including you!

Have your work critiqued by pros and win prizes at the Portfolio Reviews.

The Portfolio Reviews are held December 11 and 12 at the International House Hotel, which is two blocks from the French Quarter. Here, you can present your work to influential photography professionals who will provide twenty-minute, face-to-face critical advice and guidance for bringing attention to your work. You will also be presented with networking opportunities that can lead to publication or future jobs.

This event can help you advance your photography career, but it also gives you the opportunity to win prizes! At the end of the event, the reviewers get together and rank their favorite portfolios. First place winners will receive a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance gallery, $1,000, and an opportunity to talk about marketing with Mary Virginia Swanson. The second and third place winners will be recognized on the PhotoNOLA website, which can lead to more exposure and networking opportunities.

Showcase your work or look at photography portfolios at the PhotoWALK.

The PhotoWALK will be held on Friday, December 11 from 6–9 p.m. at Ogden Museum’s Taylor Library. Participants in the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review will have the opportunity to display their work at the PhotoWALK. The walk is free and open to the public, so anyone can attend! Get your business cards ready! Or relax and enjoy browsing the artwork!

Party it up at the PhotoGALA.

On Thursday, December 10, Tina Barney will give a keynote lecture at 6:30p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Afterward, from 7:30–10:00 p.m., a gala will be held! There will be food, drinks,live music, and a—apparently infamous—“moon photobooth.” Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door, but I’m sure it’s worth it!

Check out some photography exhibitions while you’re there.

There are some great exhibitions that will be taking place in the city during the weekend of PhotoNOLA that you won’t want to miss.

The Allne Smithson: Self & Others exhibit will have a book signing on December 12 and feature images from her retrospective monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In case you’re unfamiliar with her work, Allne Smith is an award-winning Los Angeles-based photographer with a background in painting and fashion.

Allison Jarek’s exhibit Hallowed Ground will be available at the Oschner Medical Center during this time as well. This series explores the common spirit that resides in and connects all living things, which is known to him as the “Over-Soul.” His work is intended to provoke the audience to think about their own relationship with nature.

If it’s New Orleans culture you’re interested in, you’ll want to visit Antigravity Magazine’s exhibit called Sound & Light on December 12 at a local dining venue called Suis Generis on Burgundy Street. Antigravity Magazine documents “the unfiltered, below-sea-level stories of New Orleans” in black-and-white newsprint, and at this exhibit, the pages of the magazine will be recreated in large format. You’ll be able to dine on genuine New Orleans food while viewing blown up pages of a truly local New Orleans magazine.

There are lots of other exhibitions going on during that time too—you can check them out here.

Attend workshops, lectures, book signings, and more!

Spend the rest of the event perusing the city of New Orleans and attending workshops and lectures. Get educated, nerd out with fellow photographers, and keep ahead of the curve in your field. However you choose to spend your time is up to you!


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