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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
EverydayNewOrleans on Instagram
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
1111 St. Mary Street (map)
New Orleans, LA 70130

Tuesday to Sunday
12pm - 4pm
Closed Mondays.
Please check NOPA calendar to verify that we are open.

p: 504-264-1855

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

Cate Sampson Receives 2015 Grant

Brandon Thibodeaux receives 2014 Grant!
Cate Sampson’s, All the Place You’ve Got, grants us access to a haunting liminal space where we experience cultural persistence as well as a pervasive anxiety about an uncertain future.
Emma Raynes, Magnum Foundation

Ray and His Wife on the Grand Bayou Homestead
Cate Sampson, 2015

2015 Grant Recipient - Cate Sampson

    Jeremiah Ariaz

    Lance Rosenfield

2014 Grant Recipient - Brandon Thibodeaux

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 (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:

MPS Fund for Documentary Photography 2015 Grant Guidelines

You may download a pdf of the 2015 guidelines here.

You may apply for the MPS Fund 2015 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: