Brandon Thibodeaux Wins Michael P. Smith Grant

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Brandon Thibodeaux, Mississippi 662, 2012.Brandon Thibodeaux, Mississippi 662, 2012.

Brandon Thibodeaux is the winner of the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund’s Grant for Documentary Photography from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. The MPS Fund awards $5,000 annually to a Gulf Coast photographer working on a long-term documentary project.

Thibodeaux won for his project When Morning Comes, about rural African-American communities in northern Mississippi. Aperture editor Michael Famighetti, the juror for the 2014 fund, observed that Thibodeaux’s work “relies on a strong sense of atmosphere, suggestion, and sometimes elliptical narrative. There is a quietness to the work from which it derives its strength.”

Thibodeaux was raised in Beaumont, Texas, and began his career as a photographer at a small daily Texas newspaper. Currently based in Dallas, he photographs for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among other publications.