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The 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award
NOPA Members Showcase
Ogden Museum
Dec 10, 2015 - Jan 24, 2016
Eliot Dudik: Broken Land | Still Lives
Nov 24, 2015 – Feb 14, 2016
Opening: Saturday, Dec 12, 6-9pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday. Dec 12, 7pm
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PAST EVENT Michael P. Smith and New Orleans
Presented by
Mallory Taylor
Assistant Curator, The Historic New Orleans Collection

7pm Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
NOPA Gallery
1111 Saint Mary Street
New Orleans
PAST EVENT Artists roundtable with Keliy Anderson-Staley and Brandon Thibodeaux

Moderated by:
John H. Lawrence
Director of Museum Programs, Historic New Orleans Collection

4pm, Saturday July 25th, 2015
NOPA Gallery
1111 St. Mary Street

Artists reception and book signing immediately following

PAST EVENT: Catalyst
Aug 29 - Nov 15, 2015
Artists Reception: Sept 5, 6-9pm
Tues November 10 6:30 PM
NOPA Gallery 1111 St. Mary

New Orleans Photo Alliance
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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.



The 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award

Adam Davies - Clara Barton Pedestrian Bridge, Potomac, MD

Adam Davies Receives the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award 

The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is pleased to announce that Adam Davies is the recipient of the 2015 Clarence John Laughlin Award. Davies will receive the $5000 award for his photographic series Non-spaces: Industrial architecture of the Mid-Atlantic region, which explores points of intersection between architecture and the natural world.

Davies’ photographs reflect a deep study of history, architecture, landscape and philosophy.

“My project extends and deepens an abiding interest in regional histories and local communities,” Davies writes. “I am studying the way in which the shared histories of the C. & O. Canal and B. & O. Railroad continue to shape the landscape in and around Mid-Atlantic region. As I try to suggest in my photographs, this fraught history can still be glimpsed in the structures today.”

Carol McCusker, the 2015 CJL Award Juror and Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida in Gainesville, connects Davies’ work to Laughlin’s in her essay. “Davies’ photographs are in direct lineage with Laughlin’s architectural career and attraction to ruins,” McCusker writes. “Both photographers studied the regional histories of their subjects, the economic fluctuations, Civil War, and natural disasters that shaped them. His imagery yields complex compositions and vantage points, subtle color balances and detailed, dynamic line from both the manmade and natural worlds, each image artfully printed.”

NOPA received 102 entries this year. Ms. McCusker also awarded two honorable mentions to photographers Kimberly Witham (High Bridge NJ) and Don Norris (Hattiesburg MS).

The Clarence John Laughlin Award was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in 2010 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.

Adam Davies received an Ed.M. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2010 to 2013, he held a full-time position as Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art, and previously held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon, Robert Morris, Catholic, and Harvard universities. Davies is a past recipient of the Vira I. Heinz Endowment Fellowship and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His photographs have appeared in a number of publications, including East City Art, Photo Review, and Triple Canopy Magazine. He has held residencies at Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Chinati Foundation, Jentel, and the Edward Albee Foundation. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Davies multiple fellowships in support of his current long-term project examining nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public transport infrastructure in the Mid-Atlantic region.

see more of Adam's work from the series HERE.