[Video] Zeng Yi’s ACP Lecture on YouTube

Zeng Yi's exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is on view through January 17th. If you haven't seen the show, or if you want to learn more, here's a video of the lecture Zeng Yi gave on October 1st as part of ACP's Lecture Series.

A Few Questions on Drones, Richard Misrach, and the Tyranny of Perspective

Came across a shared article from National Endowment for the Arts that highlighted drone-based photography in Australia.

The lead picture from the article, a photo by Jampal Williamson, made me think of Richard Misrach's "On the Beach" series, and I quickly pulled-up some thumbnails to compare. You might remember Misrach's exhibition in 2009 of "On the Beach" at the High Museum. If I recall correctly, those photos were made with a large-format film camera, from the balcony of a favorite hotel in Hawaii. Misrach said the project was made in the days and years following 9/11, and were a response to the "physical vulnerabilities" of Americans during that time.

Article on the left, Misrach on the right:


Anecdotally, the gestures of Misrach's figures might have referred to the "Falling Man," the subject of a photograph by Richard Drew taken on 9/11 at the World Trade Centers, and written about by Tom Junod behind an Esquire paywall.

While it might seem like a small thing to realize, the difference between drone photos of beach revelers and Misrach's efforts is the difference between omniscience and being shackled to one particular perspective (a hotel-room balcony). While the digital universe has allowed photographers to capture everything and anything they're standing in front of, drones have freed perspective in a way that's only beginning to be assessed.

What would you photograph if you could be anywhere at any time?

Will artists create psychologically inquisitive and moving work when they begin working with drones? (Trevor Paglen's photographs of military drones are most definitely in that direction, and he's up for this year's Deutsche-Boerse Photography Prize.)

Are photographs created down here on earth, at eye-level with their subjects, somehow more engaging because they represent our perspective, as earth-bound viewers?

Does drone photography offer an accessible middle-ground (so to speak) in the world of aerial photography between this wedding photographer and Vincent Laforet?

Which part of photography will embrace and benefit most from the use of drones? Nature photography, wildlife photography, travel photography, sports photography? Weddings, right? It has to be weddings!


Photo Event at Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum & Library on Tuesday

"If you enjoy great photography, be sure to join us tomorrow night (Tues.). 6pm-7pm - tour "The People's China: Village Life by Master Photographer Zeng Ye." Then hear from the authors of two wonderful books of photography.

Ren & Helen Davis' "Landscapes for the People," a look at one of the great landscape photographers, George Alexander Grant, the first staff photographer for the National Park Service.

We'll also hear from photographer Andrew Feiler on his book of photographs of Morris Brown College. "Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color," includes 60 photographs, along with essays about this historically Black college."

Quick Links for Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday! To "celebrate" we thought we'd put together a quick round-up of links that have been bouncing around the photo-world for the last week or so:

Here's a photo from The Rijksmuseum who've launched a "You See More When You Draw" campaign, which asks visitors to stop taking photos and start sketching pictures of the artwork.

Check out this interview from SXSE with local photobook-maker/consultant Laurie Shock.

WIRED is looking to Instagram for the future of journalism.

PDN's piece about why Art Streiber was hired to photograph the "Women of Hollywood" issue for the New York Times Magazine, including quotes from Kathy Ryan.

Don McCullin has some thoughts about the digital/analog divide.

Trusting that you've never seen a photo on Instagram (or anywhere?) quite like this one before.

Jason Schmidt photographs artists.

Artist and serial photobook-maker Joachim Schmid responds to a request for him to participate in a "Your 10 Best Photobooks of 2015" piece.

Photographic legend Anton Corbijn is leaving the commercial photo industry behind. In The Economist he recalls having three days to shoot U2's album cover for "Joshua Tree".

A profile of William Eggleston in The Guardian, a longread from 2004, and a piece about Eggleston from Vanity Fair so fresh it isn't published until tonight at 7pm.

If you're looking to put together a non-iCloud backup/browsing/archiving solution for all of the videos you take on your iPhone, this might work for you. [Ed. Note - self-link!]

The bytemark twitter account reposted a photo from reddit that is one of the more remarkable examples of re-photographing a historic location I've ever seen. The photo on the right is the new Raspberry Pi Zero, and the photo on the left is the delivery of the Norwich City Council's first computer in 1957.

“Monk With a Camera” now Streamable

If you're a fan of the ACP Film Series, or generally appreciate the intersection of photography and cinema, you'll appreciate "Monk With a Camera" which is now available on streaming platforms, including Netflix.

Anderson Scott’s “Nuwaubia” Photographs Featured in ART PAPERS

Great to see Anderson Scott's portfolio from his Nuwaubia project in the new issue of Art Papers.

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- Amy Miller
(Executive Director, Atlanta Celebrates Photography)

[Video] “On Being Black” Panel Discussion at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

In case you missed it, here's Scott King's video of the "On Being Black" panel discussion held at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art on October 17th.

Participating artists included Sheila Pree Bright, Allen Cooley, Renee Cox, Delphine Fawandu, John Pinderhughes & Deborah Willis, Ph.D, and the discussion was moderated by Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D. The video begins with introductions, and the artists start the conversation at about 18 minutes in.

Rusty Miller in Oxford American

Rusty Miller in Oxford American

Rusty Miller, an Atlanta-based photographer whose work was featured by ACP co-founder Susan Todd-Raque during this year's festival, has a gallery of images on Oxford American's "Eyes of the South".

Fall Line Press Event at APG, Thursday, Nov. 12th


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