After two exhausting days filled with plenty of reviews (a total of 24) and an equal amount of fun at PhotoNOLA I’m almost on my way back home for a quick stop before heading back out again, to go to New York City. I have the feeling that portfolio reviews like the one that just ended here might offer more value for the money than bigger venues - the organizers are still trying to put their event on the map, and things are just that bit more overseeable and non-anonymous that might give you more of a chance to interact with fellow photographers and reviewers alike.
PhotoNOLA did coincide with Prospect.1 New Orleans, “the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, opened to the public on November 1, 2008 in museums, historic buildings, and found sites throughout New Orleans”. If you have any interest in contemporary art, this is where you want to come. I didn’t quite expect to see so much extremely good and exciting art: move over, New York City, there’s something really big and new going on, and it’s right here in New Orleans! Chelsea plus MoMA will have to try a lot harder to come even close to matching what I just saw here.