Now in its 10th year, PhotoNOLA has carved out a spot on the calendar for local galleries, museums and alternative spaces to present art and documentary photography exhibits. As the New Orleans Photo Alliance's event has grown, it has been embraced by local museums. For the third year, the New Orleans Museum of Art hosts PhotoNOLA's gala and keynote address — by Tina Barney, who has a show of large-scale color photos at the museum. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents Currents 2015, a juried exhibition of Photo Alliance members' work, and it hosts the Photo WALK and several gallery talks. The National World War II Museum hosts the festival's closing party.
PhotoNOLA is the impetus behind more than 50 photography shows across the city, featuring a diverse array of subject matter, styles and techniques. The Ogden presents Bill Yates' Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink expo (pictured), featuring black-and-white photos of young people at a rural south Florida roller skating rink in the early 1970s, and the photographer gives a talk at 2 p.m. Dec. 13. At Martine Chaisson Gallery, Processed Views is a show of faux landscapes created with processed foods by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. At Lost Love Lounge, Bob Weisz's Four Realz features gif-like images dubbed Wigglegrams, created with a four-lens Nimslo camera. Ellis Marsalis III, of the local family of jazz musicians, presents a show he'll create this week, reflecting on post-Hurricane Katrina changes in neighborhoods such as Gert Town. The Old U.S. Mint hosts the photojournalism expo from the Pictures of the Year International competition. In the French Quarter, Fee and Art's presents Robbie McClaran's black-and-white photos of Mardi Gras 1979.
For participants, portfolio reviews offer photographers feedback from museum curators, gallery owners, editors and publishers. There also are photo workshops and other events. For a list of exhibitions, gallery talks and events, visit www.photonola.org. — WILL COVIELLO