Words and Photos by Veronica Thomas and Rex Weiner
Last week we had a great time at Photo NOLA, here’s a recap of the event.
Arrive NOLA at dusk swooping low over the swamps, egrets flying below. Shuttle to International House Hotel downtown. Dinner at Luke with Swannie (Mary Virginia Swanson) co-author of To Be Published or To Self-Publish? the essential guide for anyone wanting to a photo book. Chilly here! Then a good night’s rest for our inaugural A&I workshop with PhotoNOLA —our first time here!
After some much needed coffee and beignets at Café Du Monde in the French Market, we are all set-up and ready to rock the house, photo book style…these PhotoNOLA folks better be ready for Rex’s “Mick Jagger style” presentation, That Photo Book You Always Wanted to Do…Done!
The sold-out workshop is a hit—everyone has a great project, and comes away with a book fully executed on our free online BookCreator software. Looking forward to seeing these books come off our presses next week!
The New Orleans Wax Museum hosted tonight’s PhotoNOLA gala. Music, dancing, food and an auction of stellar photography drew a crowd of 300. The evening was capped by a tour of the Wax Museum’s peculiar exhibits devoted to the city’s bizarre history, including various carnival memorabilia.
Had some downtime in the afternoon after setting-up our books in the lobby during PhotoNOLA Education Day and Portfolio Review Orientation. Education Day lecture panels included, Mary Virginia Swanson; David Houston, curator of the brand new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Alexandra LeFaou, of exhibition experts Foto+Synthesis; Russel Lord, new photo curator of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Martin McNamara, owner of Gallery 339.
WOW! What a night of exciting PhotoNOLA events! First walked over to A Gallery for Fine Photography on Chartres Street where we saw the most amazing photographs by legends such as Herman Leonard, Diane Arbus, Helmut Newton, Sebastiao Salgado and so many, many more.
Prints hanging “salon style,” rarely seen in Los Angeles. Then off to the PhotoNOLA Group Book Signing with Shannon Brinkman – “Preservation Hall”, Ashley Gilbertson – “Whisky Tango Foxtrot”, Loli Kantor – “There Was a Forest”, Deborah Luster – “Tooth For An Eye,” James A. Reeves – “The Road to Somewhere,” and PhotoNOLA organizer Jennifer Shaw’s “Hurricane Story.” Lecture by Josephine Sacabo, one of New Orleans’ premiere artists, topped off the event. Great kick-off for PhotoNOLA….
Portfolio Reviews throughout the day with our A&I Books exhibit all setup in the meeting room where anxious photographers huddle with reviewers—intense! Later we get to see the actual works as all artists portfolios will be open to the public during a city-wide art-walk. Looking forward to that tonight (and some hot music over on Frenchmen Street), and wish we had more time here! Tomorrow’s the last day!