The New Orleans Photo Alliance’s
Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography
Congratulations to all of the 2013 finalists for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography: Jeremiah Ariaz, James Edward Bates, JT Blatty, Syndey Byrd, Corey George, Kris Davidson, William Guion, Walker Pickering, Bryan Schutmaat and Brandon Thibodeaux. Learn more about their work and their projects here.
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 2012 submissions period for the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography Grant is closed. Our next grant cycle begins in January of 2013. Please return to our site in the coming months for the 2013 guidelines.
Please read the guidelines and application requirements thoroughly. If you have any further questions you may contact: MPSFund@neworleansphotoalliance.org
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