Several items of Interest:
1. The folks at PhotoNOLA have named the winners of their annual Portfolio Review prizes.
These awards go to the outstanding portfolios presented for review during the annual PhotoNOLA photography festival, held annually in New Orleans in December.
This year, second prize went to Austin, Texas based photographer Walter Pickering for his portfolio Esprit de Corps (See image above).
Third prize went to New Orleans-based photographer Lee Deigaard (see image above) for work from his portfolio Nocturnal Portraits.
First Prize went to Elizabeth Stone for her portfolio Skins, Shells, and Meats, and she is a fine shooter too, but she is, as we say, Not From Around Here.
2. Honorary Southern Photographer Carrie Mae Weems will deliver this year's Rothschild Lecture at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art on Thursday, March 6th, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information, go here: https://nasher.duke.edu/event/rothschild-lecture-carrie-mae-weems/
Thanks to David Simonton for passing this information along to me.
3. The Duke University Press has published New York-based photographer Gerard H. Gaskin's Legendary: The House Ballroom Scene, winner of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for 2012 (see image above).
Gaskins' work takes us inside the world of "house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen."
Many of the photographs in Legendary were made in Richmond, VA and Washington, DC, in addition to New York and Philadelphia.
4. Jennifer Schwartz' Crusade for Art has posted an invitation for applications by a photographer or group of photographers who have "creative and original ideas" for developing "demand for fine art photography." The grant is significant -- $10, 000 -- and the guidelines for applying are here: http://crusadeforart.org/grant-guidelines/.
5. And, finally, the photographers featured on Jeff Rich's Eyes on the South blog for the Oxford American magazine, since we last checked are:
Justin Kaneps (see image above)
Whitten Sabbatini (see image below)
The locales for work by Kaneps, Brown, and Krantz point to questions of regional definition -- ie, are West Virginia and Ohio Southern states? -- which are worthy of extended discussion.
But may Jeff's good work, and the fine photography of all these folks, continue.