New Orleans Photo Alliance
The mission of the New Orleans Photo Alliance is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. The Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus, which fosters economic and artistic growth while preserving the rich and diverse photographic culture of New Orleans and the southern region.
Exhibitions and Programming
Our Lower Garden District gallery and library hosts photo exhibitions that are free and open to the public throughout the year and serves as a hub for photographers and photography lovers of all interests and backgrounds to meet and share ideas. Each December, we host the nationally-renowned PhotoNOLA festival, which transforms the entire Crescent City into a showplace for beautiful and powerful images, with over 65 exhibitions at venues all over town. The festival includes a workshop program and free public programming throughout.
Education and Community Partnerships
In 2017, our members shared their expertise with senior citizens enrolled in the Kingsley House Adult Services program, empowering them to create their own photographic meditations on memory which they proudly displayed in the two-part show Recollections. This year, we are collaborating with Tulane University to produce Combat Camera: Women Behind the Lens, a first-of-its-kind exhibition showcasing the work of women military photographers which will be on view not only at our gallery and on Tulane campuses, but also at the National WWII Museum, the New Orleans VA Medical Center, and Kessler Air Force Base.
We support photographers with two annual $5000 grants, our Michael P Smith Fund For Documentary Photography and our Clarence John Laughlin Award. Over the years, we have awarded over $100,000 to photographers whose work shows a sustained commitment to artistic and documentary excellence. The recipients of each grant then share their work with our community by presenting a solo exhibition in our gallery.
Brandon Thobodeaux, photographer, Winner of the 2014 Michael P. Smith Award Grant
"The Photo Alliance has been, for me, an invaluable resource. Everyone who participates in this organization is creative, energetic and passionate about the same things that I love. What the Alliance has to offer young photographers like me is a chance to get organized and share your work, providing not only job opportunities but genuine friendships with others within the community. For me, NOPA was one of the best communities I've ever found in this city." - Kevin Lajoie, photographer and volunteer