Big Month in the Big Easy

--Jack Crager

Friends from New Orleans write in to put out the word on a photo festival in the Crescent City that opens November 30 and runs through December. Sponsored by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, along with museums and galleries citywide, the Second Annual PhotoNOLA: A Month of Photography in New Orleans will include exhibitions, portfolio reviews, street fairs, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and of course parties -- all in celebration of the art of photography.

Among the artists conducting workshops are Keith Carter, whose enigmatic depictions of life in Texas earned the honorific "poet of the ordinary," and Chris Jordan, whose varied environmental projects include a striking monograph about New Orleans called In Katrina's Wake. (A detail of Jordan's "Jet Trails" is pictured above.) Other participating photographers include Ellen Susan, whose Collodion portraits of U.S. Soldiers were recently featured on popphoto.com, and Robert Polidori, who documented Katrina's devastation with haunting thoroughness in After the Flood. But this festival is essentially forward-looking -- it's about the joy of photography and the city's resilient spirit. "The creative community of New Orleans continues to send its beacon of light to the world," says gallery owner and organizer Joshua Mann Pailet. For more details, check out the PhotoNOLA Website.

--Jack Crager

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