The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. My friend Brandon Thibodeaux won this year’s $5000 award judged by Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture Magazine. Brandon’s series When Morning Comes is a delicate and beautiful body of work from the Mississippi Delta, and he couldn’t be more deserving of the award.
I was proud to be named as one of five finalists for this year’s award for Postcards from Pine Bluff, a project I plan to continue shooting up in Arkansas over the course of this next year. Check the awards page for the other great projects that received mention and be sure to dig into Brandon’s work, too.