This exhibition of the world's biggest photograph coincides with the annual December PhotoNOLA festival, which gets bigger each year. Founded by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in the dark days of 2006 when the survival of the city itself was still uncertain, PhotoNola was featuring workshops and portfolio reviews by 2007, and since then local galleries and museums have increasingly participated with their own photo exhibitions in conjunction with the event's official offerings. Under the dedicated leadership of Jennifer Shaw, the scale of these events has increased dramatically as the number of related exhibitions has now reached staggering proportions with over 60 gallery and museum photo shows in addition to the Dec. 12--15 workshops and lectures. All this activity has turned PhotoNOLA into a national event, and how such a low key organization has managed to orchestrate it with mainly grass roots, volunteer support is one of those mysteries that make Nola one of the DIY capitals of the universe. This year's fund raising offerings include Josephine Sacabo's gorgeous limited edition print, Las Estrellas, top, and the new Luna Press book, Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography. (See Below.)
The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph, Through Dec. 15, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528.3805; 8th Annual PhotoNOLA: Photography Festival, Workshops and Exhibitions, Through Dec. 31, Multiple Venues Throughout the City.