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AUDIO: Dan Winters’ 2014 ACP Lecture Series

Big thanks to Brett Falcon for recording Dan Winters' lecture at MOCAGA during ACP last fall. So glad he was able to capture this so that it could be shared with others. With a cameo introduction from Michael Kochman.

lynda.com Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Photoshop

If you've forgotten how far (and wide) photography has come in the last twenty-five years, this video will help bring some of that non-digital darkroom magic back.

David Foster is “Finding Delight” at Phoenix & Dragon, March 1st

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"'Finding Delight', will be held at the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore [located at 5531 Roswell Road - just inside the perimeter] from March 1 through March 31. This will be my only Atlanta exhibit in 2015; I hope you have a chance to check it out.

There will be an opening reception on Sunday, March 1st, from 4:00 to 5:30pm. In addition to the prints, there will also be copies of Julie's and my book available along with my photo note cards."

Nicole Akstein & Meredith Kooi at Kibbee, March 7th

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Close features previously unexhibited photographic works by Atlanta-based artists Nicole Akstein and Meredith Kooi. Akstein and Kooi revisit these works weaving their current practices into new mixed media and site-specific installations.

Kibbee Gallery
7-28th March 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 6-10PM
Closing Reception: Saturday, March 28, 7-9PM
Artist Talk: TBA

Kibbee Gallery
688 Linwood Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
kibbeegallery.com
(404) 839-0331

Definitely Not A Comprehensive List of Photography Links from the Past Week or So

You've probably seen some of these links across the spectrum in the last week or so, but I'd bet there are a few new gems in here for you, too:

Spider Martin's work from Selma in the New York Times.

Pattie Boyd's photo album.

"Twenty percent of the images in the penultimate round of World Press Photo 2015 were disqualified because they were manipulated." And a debate over here.

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Above, Sebastian Scheiner's incredible photo of a man praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Friday.

Completely unrelated: did you know that the version of the iPhone made for Japan has a camera shutter sound that cannot be turned-off?.

Mattel & Google are creating futuristic Viewmaster?



Steidl's re-release of Henri Cartier Bresson's classic "The Decisive Moment is available today.

"One recent study does suggest there is a “photo-taking-impairment effect” on memory. Linda Henkel, a professor of psychology at Fairfield University, wrote a 2014 study in the journal Psychological Science in which subjects were given digital cameras and led around an art museum on a guided tour. They were told to photograph certain objects and merely observe others. The participants remembered fewer details about the objects if they had photographed them, as they effectively outsourced their memory to the camera. (Memory was not affected if they were directed to zoom in on a part of the object, suggesting that the extra cognitive work compensated for their divided attention.)"
via "Shutterbug Parents and Overexposed Lives" - NYTIMES.

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Roy DeCarava's great photograph from Teju Cole's piece: "A True Picture of Black Skin"

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And there's so much amazingness in David Seagal's "The Creative Commerce of Peter Lik, Landscape Photographer". If you haven't already read it, do so now. That's Lik's $6.5 million image, above.

The fantastic podcast New Tech City had a "Photo Free Day" as part of its "Bored and Brilliant" challenge to cultivate smarter, more measured relationships between people and their smart phones.



A mom eavesdrops on middle schoolers via her daughter's Instagram account and tells the tale.

I always enjoy hearing people who don't self-describe as photographers discuss photography. Here's a recent example, from "Roderick on the Line". (from 2mins-15mins)

"If the only people following your Instagram account are your friends, and they are looking at pictures of plants that you took, I don't understand why you're there."
A really interesting digression: Invisibilia's story about a guy named Pete from Queens who used his phone's camera to take the sting out of commuting, until it stung him back.

And a long discussion about the difference between "fine art" & "gallery art" over On Taking Pictures.

Many of these first appeared on our twitter or facebook page. Follow along!

Call for Entries: APG Choice 2015

APG has a call for entries for their upcoming show, Choice 2015. Check it!

Atlanta Photography Group is seeking photography for its upcoming exhibition, Choice 2015. Size matters and APG is looking for artists to submit either one BIG print, between 24” and 60” on the longest dimension or multiple small prints no larger than 12” on the longest dimension.

This is a non-juried show but you must be an APG member to enter. APG is accepting entries between Feb 16 and March 20 or until all available space is taken. Un-framed, un-mounted work will need to be delivered between March 11 – 20. The exhibition opens March 27 and runs until May 9.

Registration is $55.

For more information, call the APG gallery at 404-605-0605 or apg_photo@hotmail.com

Pellom McDaniels Lecture at the High Museum, Saturday, Feb. 21st

A free lecture from Pellom McDaniels, plus admission to the museum, after the lecture.

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“Negatives Being Turned Into Beautiful Positives”

Fantastic Atlanta Sounds today from WABE with Noelle Peterson, who teaches kids at Druid Hills High School how to shoot film. Yay, Noelle!

THE FENCE 2015! #PHOTOGRAPHERS CALL FOR ENTRIES!!

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We're ecstatic to announce that THE FENCE (a mammoth outdoor photo exhibition) will be returning to Atlanta in 2015!

Four cities have been announced for the 4th edition of The FENCE; Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta & Houston, which means your photographs (if selected) will be seen by more than three million people.

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Visit fence.photoville.com to learn about this year's installation.
Submit your images: fence.photoville.com/submit
Answer your questions: fence.photoville.com/frequently-asked-questions

Tasked with curating four monumental outdoor photo installations, THE FENCE relies on the unparalleled vision and expertise of its jury -- comprised of more than 40 highly-regarded photography professionals from around the world.

THE FENCE provides widespread exposure and career opportunities to participating photographers, while providing unprecedented access to powerful photographic narratives for a wide and diverse audience."

ACP can't wait to bring THE FENCE to Atlanta again, and we look forward to seeing your incredible images. Submit your photographs today!

[Photo credit: Amy Sparks]

AJC EXCLUSIVE: Arts Fund grants to Horizon, Atlanta Celebrates Photography to help for long haul

So much grateful happiness in the office and from our supporters thanks to today's news from the Metro Atlanta Arts Fund in the AJC: "AJC EXCLUSIVE: Arts Fund grants to Horizon, Atlanta Celebrates Photography to help for long haul".

The grants the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund is announcing today to Horizon Theatre Company and Atlanta Celebrates Photography are undeniably modest compared to the $38 million the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation gave the Woodruff Arts Center late last year.

Yet the $180,000 awarded to the Little Five Points theater troupe and the $160,000 given to the photography festival loom large for these long-time, midsized Atlanta arts institutions. And they may represent positive post-recession omens for other small to medium metro arts groups.

The two grants, being revealed exclusively in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, cap a pilot Arts Capitalization initiative launched by the Arts Fund in 2013 to improve the financial sustainability of Atlanta cultural groups.

Last May, the Arts Fund, part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, announced an Arts Capitalization grant of $200,000 to the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.

Horizon and Atlanta Celebrates Photography were finalists for that award, the Arts Fund’s largest ever to a single organization. Though they did not receive funding initially, the two groups benefited from extensive free training to develop a capitalization plan and a presentation in the mode of a business-investment pitch.

Months after the original announcement, which garnered positive attention inside Atlanta’s arts industry and in the media, the Zeist Foundation, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation took the lead in providing the additional $340,000.

Leaders of the three foundations “understood that the (capitalization strategy) has great potential for strengthening arts organizations for the longer term, as opposed to a program grant or (funding for) a discreet project,” Arts Fund Director Lisa Cremin told the AJC. “It shows a broader community interest in building the financial health of mature smaller arts organizations.”

The Arts Capitalization initiative came about after a 2011 study found that more than three-quarters of the metro area’s strongest arts groups with annual budgets under $2 million possessed less than three months of liquidity. That placed them at serious risk in the face of an unexpected downturn.

The Arts Fund brought in national experts from the Nonprofit Finance Fund to help educate the finalists, established funders, business leaders and other metro arts stakeholders about how groups can build a strong balance sheet that provides the resources to meet their artistic missions.

Cremin praised Horizon (which operated on a $1.25 million budget last fiscal year) and Atlanta Celebrates Photography ($300,000 annual budget) for progressing in their capitalization plans even without Arts Fund grants.

“It’s great news for the organizations,” Cremin said of the belated awards. “The exciting part of it is that the intense process of planning for capitalization created a readiness for these organizations to move forward.”

A major aspect of Horizon’s plan, for instance, called for it to expand its reach by bringing its work to different venues and audiences. Earlier this month, it was tapped to take over the summer theater series in Piedmont Park, replacing the now-defunct Georgia Shakespeare. Horizon will remount its hit production of “Avenue Q” there in performances June 3-7, then transfer it to Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center for an additional month starting June 12.

Will the Arts Fund grant let Horizon leaders breathe a little easier as they approach these and other growth plans?

Co-artistic/producing director Lisa Adler laughed and admitted she was feeling a combination of excitement and panic.

“There are expectations that come with money,” Adler said. “When you are in the lead group of any new initiative, the pressure is on to succeed.”

Atlanta Celebrates Photography executive director Amy Miller called its grant “an amazing boost.”

“It affords us the opportunity to implement strategies that will help us overcome much of our annual funding vulnerabilities and capacity constraints while strengthening our balance sheet and growing the organization in important ways that could take years to achieve otherwise.”

Cremin said the Arts Fund will monitor the progress of grant winners before planning the Arts Capitalization initiative’s next phase.

“We’re learning from it, too,” she said, “and we are going to continue to inform donors how they can think about this strategy of supporting the arts.”


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