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Elena pocket options recently had a photograph exhibited in Car Culture, a group show held at the Vermont Photo Place Gallery.  The gallery keeps an updated inventory of books curated around past exhibitions, all of which are readily available for purchase.  Along with Car Culture, Elena’s work can be found in Poetic Objects and Direct Objects: Still Life as Subject.  Browse the entire book store HERE!

online: how to flirt in iran

A look into female youth culture in Iran, a photo series by Kiana Hayeri, Newsweek article here.

This photographic project presents a window into the disobedience, both public and private, that can be found in Tehran. It’s a world I can identify with: As a young woman growing up in Iran, I adopted the dual life that everybody there leads. I had a public face but a private life. I emigrated pocket option to Canada when I was a teen, which allows me a unique perspective: I can be an insider when I’m in Iran, while my experiences in the outside world permit me added objectivity in looking at my subjects. Through these images, I try to explore the tension between the way people want to dress and behave, and the laws, enforced by the “morality police,” that constrain those desires. At a time when the country might seem mysterious to many Americans, I hope this project offers Western audiences a rare glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in Iran.




outing: Ogden museum

Not only is there a bunch of rad stuff from their permanent photo collection up, but check out Annie Collinge: The Underwater Mermaid Theater.

London-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Annie Collinge traveled south to Florida to photograph the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs. These beautiful color images provide the viewer with a fascinating insiders look into one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions. On view through January 5, 2014.

Online: Arantxa Cedillo

I stumbled across these portraits by photojournalist Arantxa Cedillo on the NPR photo blog. The images are of Nepalese women who were the first to break the rules in their fields. Each image is accompanied by a statement from the woman.  Another interesting aspect of the work is that instead of a traditional pocket corretora plain backdrop, Cedillo used intricate hand-painted tapestries that are traditional in Nepalese formal portraiture. These women are symbols of resistance, courage and determination in a country that still suffers from repression and where men still have the last word. 



Ariya is honored to curate and bring this work to New Orleans, and to reflect back upon her years in graduate school with these terrific people and talented artists!

The four photographers selected for this exhibition reflect and respond to what is real, what is perceived as real, and what is fiction; calling into question the ‘truth’ of the image and of our surroundings.

Let us look at these works in terms of ‘reflection’; let us reconsider the idea of a photograph and its constructed nature, and the layered understanding of our environments and ourselves.




Akihiko Miyoshi


Susana Reisman


Bill Finger


Chris Jordan


Aubrey collaborated with guest editor Benjamin Reed to create the artwork for the newest issue of Arcadia Magazine. The theme, Post Traumatic, includes interview excerpts and portraits/editorial images of Aubrey’s pal Rock, a Vietnam Veteran living in uptown New Orleans.



Akasha was invited to be a part of an anthology that highlights the work of 27 contemporary New Orleans photographers. Inventing Reality will be launched at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on December 10, 2013. There will also be an exhibition at A Gallery For Fine Art Photography on December 14, 2013.

Collaboration: Four Corners- Southwest

In the Spring of 2013, the ladies of Southerly Gold travelled to Cameron Parish to photograph area residents’ connection to the land. Part of a grander two-year project of photographing landscapes in each of the 4 corners of the state of Louisiana, the Southwest corner was the first installment.

The arc of this installment documents intergenerational connection to particular coming-of-age locations in rural Louisiana. How are teenage traditions and culture passed from one generation to another? How do these different generations use the same space in similar ways, but in different eras?

With the help of Hackberry native Brett LaBauve and his mother Missy, we photographed 6 different Cameron Parish locations that hold particular notstalgia and purpose for sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers.

In each location, we would work together to compose, focus, and shoot each large format image. This installment includes found items from each location, as well as recorded audio of Brett and Missy talking about each location.

More info, recollections, maps, transcriptions, etc to come with final printed book of project.





Jean Laffitte,located in Marrero, LA is a perfect day trip destination.  Cypress trees, palmettos, alligators, owls, raccoons, rabbits, and terrifyingly huge swamp spiders all make this national park a nature lovers paradise.  Grab your camera and take some post card worthy pics of the Louisiana swamps!


Ariya’s Interview

Read Ariya’s interview on Light Leaked, where she talks about Southerly Gold and the joys of collaborating! (Bonus: sneak pic from SG’s new work)



Sara Cwynar is a photographer and designer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Cwynar saved and hoarded tons of material over the years and sought to organize her personal archive. She began systematically categorizing her personal stuff, which eventually spawned into a series of images called “Color Studies.” This incredible body of work is a collection of monochromatic images inspired by photographic tropes, kitsch and color. View more work here.




Calls: FALL

Las Laguna Gallery:  Women in Art

Deadline: October 20th, 2013

Fee: $35

Professional Women Photographers:  38th Anniversary Women’s International Open Call

Deadline: October 31st, 2013

Fee: $35

Atlanta Photography Group: Portfolio 2013

Deadline: November 2nd, 2013

Fee: $35

Shots Magazine:  The 2013 Portfolio Issue

Deadline: November 4th, 2013

Fee: $16

New York Center for Photographic Art:  Primary Colors

Deadline: November 4th, 2013

Fee: $35

ToneLit:  Issue 5

Deadline: November 5th, 2013

Fee: Free

International House and PhotoNOLA:  Magdelena

Deadline: November 10th, 2013

Fee: $20

The Kiernan Gallery:  Mainland

Deadline: November 19th, 2013

Fee: $25

SoHo Photo Gallery:  Krappy Kamera Competition

Deadline: November 30th, 2013

Fee: $40

Bunnell Street Arts Center:  Old Town Artist in Residence

Deadline: December 1st, 2013

Fee: $25

University of New Orleans Gallery:  Southern Women at Work

Deadline: December 16th, 2013

Fee: Free

Forward Thinking Museum:  JGS Quarterly Photography Contest

Deadline: December 31st, 2013

Fee: Free

The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art:  Photography Competition 2014

Deadline: January 10th, 2014

Fee: $45

Call for Photographs

Ariya will be jurying a photography exhibition in honor of Women’s History Month and the AIZEN®/University of New Orleans International Conference, “Emile Zola and Naturalism,”. The deadline for submissions is December 16.  The conference website has details. There is no entry fee!

ONLINE: Jana Romanova

Russian photographer, Jana Romanova’s series, “Waiting” are candid photographs of parents-to-be. It took her two years to find the 40 couples for the project—one for each week of pregnancy.  Almost all the couples that agreed to take part were between 20 and 30 years old, which gave the project added meaning in her eyes. “It means that they belong to the last generation that was born before the fall of the Soviet Union, and their children will know about it only from history books. So suddenly the whole project became not only a catalog of people sleeping in different poses, but also a portrait of a generation of young families in big cities in modern Russia,” she said. See more of her images from this series here



outing: Elemental

One day only exhibition on the evening of the Fall Equinox. Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2013. The End Of the World (where the Industrial Canal meets the Mississippi River). 6-8pm.

View the work of  Meg Wachter (Brooklyn) + Jackie Lee Young (Austin) in the form of poster prints and “messages in a bottle” to be sent downstream. 

Refreshments provided. Meg will be in attendance for a meet and greet.

Elemental is an unguided, long distance photographic collaboration between two female photographers, focusing on and alternately exhibited in the City of New Orleans. Arranged and documented by Aubrey Dawne Edwards

The project Elemental pairs two working female photographers living in different parts of the United States. They have never met. Over the course of 3 months, they collaborate via email to each create 3 images under the shared theme of Water, Earth, Air, or Fire. One year, 8 photographers, 4 collaborations.

Created images are displayed outdoors in New Orleans on the Seasonal Equinox. Each element pairing is displayed in a different fashion (atune to the theme) outside the walls of a gallery or institution. Photographs are showcased in a location and manner that brings contemporary photography to an audience that may not normally have access to it.  The work is on exhibit  for 24 hours only, it is ephemeral as the element itself.