The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s
Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) 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 $5,000.00 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 for the MPS Fund’s annual $5,000.00 grant. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region.
The New Orleans Photo Alliance will open online submissions for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography on January 30, 2015. All applications must be submitted by midnight (CST) of March 30, 2015.
Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions you may contact: MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org
You may download a pdf of the 2015 guidelines here.
You may apply for the MPS Fund 2015 Grant here.
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.
Michael P. Smith Fund and grant information: MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org