By Jamie Carroll
PhotoNOLA, a photography festival featuring workshops and exhibition openings from Dec. 2 to 11, kicks off tonight with the “Slideluck Potshow,” or Slideshow Potluck. The slideshow features approximately 35 artists’ works strung together with words and music. “It’s different from the gallery experience,” says Andrea Caldwell, co-curator of the event with Andy Levin, creator of 100Eyes, an online photo site. The first 45 minutes follow the theme of community, showcasing how an individual affects a community and vice versa. The second 45 minutes is a stream of works presented without a common theme. The wall projections display up to five minutes of each artists’ work, flashing from one style and subject to another. Amateurs and professional photographers alike submitted to the slideshow.
Before the slideshow, Michael Donnor, the second place finisher in last year’s PhotoNOLA juried review, will set up a booth to take Polaroid photos, and attendees are welcome to add graffiti to the walls. There will also be work on display from local artists Christian Taylor, Kate Hanrahan and Michael Cain.
The potluck features beer by Brooklyn Brewery, food from Hollygrove Market and other items brought by attendees. The Slideluck Potshow begins at 6:30 tonight at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive). Tickets are $10.
PhotoNOLA was started five years ago by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, a nonprofit organization created after hurricane Katrina to help Gulf Coast photographers. This year’s event includes gallery openings across the city and workshops:
-PhotoGALA and Auction — Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Big Top Gallery (1638 Clio St.) has music by Jon Cleary and a performance by Fleur de Tease.
-Portfolio Review — Saturday and Sunday at the International House Hotel (221 Camp St.). Photographers display work for gallery owners, editors, publishers and museum curators for one on one critiques of their work. Reviewers evaluate artists for consideration for the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which includes a solo show at next year’s festival, 50 copies of their own published work and $1000.
-“A Civil Rights Memorial” — This show by last year’s PhotoNOLA Review winner, Jessica Ingram, opened yesterday at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery (1111 Saint Mary St.).
- “Toying with Holgas” — Michelle Bates, author of “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,” offers a workshop on shooting with Holgas, cheap cameras with plastic lenses that distort and blur images. The participants will shoot on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., then process and review work on Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Big Top Gallery. The participation fee is $127.
Visit www.photonola.org for more information.