From the towering mansions on St. Charles Ave and quaint Spanish architecture of the French Quarter to majestic, moss-covered oak trees and brilliant sunsets over the Mississippi River, New Orleans is a picturesque city, to say the least. This has drawn endless photographers to capture and study the visual aspects of the city that make it so unique.
In turn, photography has blossomed here, and photographers’ galleries can be found throughout the city. To celebrate the artistry and local culture of photography , PhotoNOLA is an annual festival coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, who partners with galleries, museums and photographers throughout the city to provide a showcase of brilliant local works for all to appreciate.
Held this year from December 4-7, the festival includes photography exhibitions (some of which display throughout the month), portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, book signings and the PhotoGALA and PhotoWALK. Many of these events are free and open to the public, so if you’re a photography buff, this would be a great weekend to visit.
Exhibitions run at galleries throughout the city from Julia St in the Warehouse District and Royal St in the French Quarter to the smaller, more avant garde galleries in the Marigny and Bywater and a slew of Uptown galleries, including on Freret and Magazine streets. Beyond just galleries, PhotoNOLA exhibitions make their way into other New Orleans businesses as well, such as Faurbourg Wines in the Marigny and even Ochsner Hospital’s two artwalks.
One of the major special events at PhotoNOLA is the PhotoGALA, hosted by New Orleans Museum of Art in Mid-City on Thursday evening, Dec. 4th. Set amidst brilliant works of art, the event includes complimentary food and beverages, sweets from La Petite Grocery, music by Alexis & the Samurai, a photobooth from Deep Fried Photo for a little guest fun and a silent auction and raffle prizes to boot.
Another PhotoNOLA event is the PhotoWALK hosted by the Ogden Museum’s its Taylor Library in the Warehouse District on Friday evening, Dec. 5th. All artists who participated in the PhotoNOLA Portfolio Review will display their works in the library in the form of an evening portfolio walk that all can peruse and enjoy for free.