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Clarence John Laughlin Grant Exhibition
April 5 - May 25 2014
Opening: April 5, 6-9 pm
Artist panel discussion: May 10, 3 pm
Open nominations for committee chairs and officers
Members Meeting
May 6, 2014
6:30 PM
PhotoNOMA 2014
Friday, April 18: 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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New Orleans, LA 70130

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The New Orleans Photo Alliance is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The grant is administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.



Clarence John Laughlin Grant Exhibition
April 5 - May 25 2014
Opening: April 5, 6-9 pm
Artist panel discussion: May 10, 3 pm
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is pleased to host the “Clarence John Laughlin Grant Exhibition.” The exhibition will include work from Grant Recipient Walker Pickering and the two finalists, Saul Robbins and AnnieLaurie Erickson.

The exhibition will be on view from April 5 through May 25, 2014 at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 5th from 6-9:00pm. There will also be an artist panel discussion on May 10th at 3:00pm.

 “If the photographer looks intensely enough, [they] can find the secret images of our fears, joys and desires. Everything is speaking to us – every object.”

- Clarence John Laughlin

Looking intensely is an important, but strangely underrated, practice in contemporary photography. As Laughlin reminds us, it is through the act of looking intensely that we can begin to understand ourselves and the world around us. When we are very young, we do almost nothing but look. Consequently, we learn at an incredible rate in the early stages of life. As we age, learning and recognition becomes habitual, and looking becomes a cursory process. We look, we think we know, and we move on.
– Russell Lord, 2013 Grant Juror

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression. It honors the life and work of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), a New Orleans photographer best known for his surrealist images of the American South. The Clarence John Laughlin Award grants one $5000 prize annually to a photographer whose work exhibits sustained artistic excellence and creative vision.

About the Juror
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on 19th, 20th century and contemporary photographers. Most recently, he contributed an essay to the forthcoming EDWARD BURTYNSKY: WATER, a book about Burtynsky’s newest body of work to be published this September. He is currently working on two books, Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, and a book about the permanent collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His recent exhibitions include “What is a Photograph?”, “Photography, Sequence, and Time,” and “Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau.” Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.