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Exhibition: Elizabeth Stone: Skins, Shells and Meats
Dec 4, 2014 – Jan 20, 2015
Opening: Dec 6, 6-9pm
Exhibition: CURRENTS 2014
Ogden Museum
Dec 4, 2014 - Jan 5, 2015
Opening: Dec 5, 5-7pm
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2014 Collectors Club Print
“Meat & Metal, 2013”
by New Orleans photographer David Halliday

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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 New Orleans Photo Alliance’s

Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography

About the MPS Fund
About Michael P. Smith

Brandon Thibodeaux Receives 2014 Grant

Brandon Thibodeaux receives 2014 Grant!
Brandon's project alludes to past history and fraught racial politics that continue to mark the region, but mostly illuminates closely observed rhythms of daily life, community, and pride of place.  
Michael Famighetti, Aperture Editor

Mississippi 662 by Brandon Thibodeaux, 2012

Congratulations to the 2014 MPS Fund Finalists:  

Dominic Bracco II

Katty Hoover

Liz Moskowitz

Bryan Schutmaat

William Widmer 

2013 Grant Recipient - Andrew Kaufman

2012 Grant Recipient - Kael Alford

2011 Grant Recipient - Scott Dalton

2009 Grant Recipient - Jonathan Traviesa 

About the MPS Fund

The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers.  The MPS Fund awards one $5000 grant annually to a Gulf Coast photographer whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a long-term cultural documentary project.

Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast region.

The 2014 submissions period for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Grant is from February 15 to April 23, 2014. All applications must be submitted by midnight (CST) of April 23rd, 2014 (UPDATED!).

Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions you may contact:

MPS Fund for Documentary Photography 2014 Grant Guidelines

You may download a pdf of the 2014 guidelines here.

You may apply for the MPS Fund 2014 Grant here.

About Michael P. Smith

Michael P. Smith Photo
Funeral of Emile Victor Clay, image by Michael P. Smith, 1996;
© The Historic New Orleans Collection

Michael P. Smith (1937–2008), a New Orleans native and award-winning professional freelance photographer, spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state's renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians. Smith photographed at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 2004, when he was honored with a major grandstand exhibition and photo kiosks placed around the Fair Grounds.

In a brilliant career that spanned more than four decades, produced 5 books, and garnered a host of honors, including 2 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Smith was an inspiration, a role model and a mentor to many photographers in New Orleans and beyond.

Michael P. Smith Biographical Information

Michael P. Smith Fund and grant information: