Aubrey Graham’s “Portraits of Disneyland” at Emory, Opens Thursday


Aubrey Graham, a PhD candidate in anthropology at Emory has an exhibition of her photography that's opening on Thursday, January 29th.

Portraits in Disneyland - Stories from Mugunga III
Aubrey Graham
Displayed from Jan. 29 - May 1, 2015

Opening Jan. 29 7-9 PM
Emory University
Center for Ethics Gallery

You’re Invited to Think Differently About Photo Exhibitions

This week, we did something we haven't done before. We sent out an email to our list, and the email didn't have a photo, call-to-action, or a fundraising appeal.

It simply asked you to dream.

In case it never made it to your in-box, we'll paste-in that email below, but the gist of it is that we're asking you to participate in ACP 2015 by rethinking the nature of what it means to share your photography.

Sharing is a word that's come to mean "digital" -- if you're posting a photo on Facebook/Flickr/Tumblr, you're sharing it. Good for you! We love sharing, too! But as a photography festival that takes place in actual spaces in the real world, featuring amazing prints made by talented photographers, we're wondering if all that posting & sharing is as satisfying, communicative, tactile and impactful as its older, "analog" corollary.

In the latest edition of Aperture's "The Photobook Review", Alec Soth (former lecturer during ACP 2007) had a great quote about the nature of photo-sharing and how it intersects & enhances the analog pleasures of photobooks & pop-up shows.


We're in no way besmirching the online world of photo-making & sharing -- it's a substantial part of what the medium is these days, and it's awesome, frankly. But we're definitely more interested in the ideas you'll come-up with to show (& share) your photography during ACP 2015 this fall.

So please get inspired, think big, and discover how your photographs can make an impact in the world, by first making a splash here in your city, in your neighborhood, on that wall.

Thanks for reading!

(For clarification, here's this week's email.)
Imagine you're having an exhibition of your own photography and people are arriving to see the prints you've made. Put yourself in that room. Maybe it's a gallery with white walls, maybe a coffee shop, or a dentist office. Your photos look fantastic. There's a cheese plate, maybe some wine. Or not! It's your imagination!

In today's world, where phones & screens drive our social experiences, the real world is often an afterthought, especially when it comes to sharing photographs. Isn't that why we all signed-up for Facebook/Tumblr/Flickr?

Truth is, there's nothing like finding the right place for the right pictures, and putting it all together as part of this country's largest annual community-oriented photography festival. Simply, if you're here in Atlanta, there's a month (October!) dedicated to photography exhibitions, events, lectures, public art, film screenings and more. And we want you to join us!

We encourage you to imagine planning something special for ACP 2015: a memorable presentation of your own work, in a great space, filled with friends, old & new. In a few months, you'll be able to create your own listing for the ACP Festival Guide, and for the price of a listing ($150) you can become part of the Atlanta's annual photographic transformation.

All you need is a wall. If you're a hip-hop photographer, you could hang prints in the reception area of a music studio; if you have photographs of roller girls perhaps they'd look great at your local Cuban Sandwich Shop. The exhibition could be at your studio, at a donut shop, or a loading dock. Seriously, all have been venues in previous festivals. Not a photographer? Perhaps you know one whose art would look stunning in your space or business. Host an event and join in the celebration of photography that is the ACP Festival.



Landon Nordeman opens at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery next Thursday, Jan. 29th

"Out of Fashion from Acclaimed Photographer Landon Nordeman

Described by New York Magazine’s The Cut as their “backstage photographer extraordinaire,” Nordeman was dispatched to photograph fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris during September 2014. During three intense weeks—and through more than 100 shows—his photographs, which Instagram described on their blog, as “reminiscent of Martin Parr and Guy Bourdin,” documented the high-paced chaos of all that surrounds the catwalks. His images, exhibited here for the first time, are comprised of surprising moments and juxtapositions and are filled with color.

Nordeman will returning for an Instagram panel on fine art, fashion and this popular social medium in March, date TBD. For the Out of Fashion series, Nordeman shot the Fall 2014 international fashion shows, and this exhibition will offer the highlights from his magical, bitingly stylish eye."

CJ Chilvers – “Perfect Photos” and Embracing Your Inner Amateur

A few months ago, I came across this quick presentation by CJ Chilvers in Minneapolis about photography and the intersection of snapshots, technique & telling a good story:

Chilvers' point-of-view is provocative, but I think it's coming from a positive place. He's urging all of us to consider photography's core strengths, rather than getting lost in the weeds about gear & technique.

Last week, Jeffrey Saddoris (from On Taking Pictures) interviewed Chilvers about his new e-book, "A Lesser Photographer: Escaping the Gear Trap to Focus on What Matters." There were some enlightening passages in the interview; the longevity of subjects, paring-down your photographic footprint, & reclaiming "snapshot" from the pejorative, as seen in this recently published quote from Hunter S. Thompson's reissued letters:

"'When photography gets so technical as to intimidate people, the element of simple enjoyment is bound to suffer,' Thompson writes, highlighting his main argument. 'Any man who can see what he wants to get on film will usually find some way to get it; and a man who thinks his equipment is going to see for him is not going to get much of anything.'"
(For what it's worth, I found out about Chilvers' work last year from his "Unrecorded Podcast", a simple idea I admire, which has a kind of undone affinity with one of my own projects. - MDM)

Steve Schapiro & Andrew Moore – Artist’s Talks on Saturday at Jackson Fine Art

One of the best media moments surrounding Selma's release this fall was a spread of photographs from Steve Schapiro in The New Yorker highlighting the march from Selma to Montgomery. schapiro There's been so much great press about Selma, regardless of whether or not the Academy honors the achievements of Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo, or even Bradford Young who'll miss-out at the Oscars (unless, against odds, Selma wins Best Picture.) When you see the film, you might recognize Marietta Square as one of the stand-in locations.

And as the world awaits the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 7th, Atlantans are lucky to have Steve Schapiro's photographs at Jackson Fine Art. More importantly, he'll be giving an Artist's Talk about his work on Saturday, January 24th. He'll be joined by Andrew Moore, who'll be speaking about his exhibition "The South", and there will also be photographs from Gordon Parks on view.

As of Thursday, Jan. 22nd, the New York Times still has not found/discovered the identity of the two women in the Parks photograph from 1956. jfa_2

And to cram three blogposts into one, Danny Lyon, who gave a memorable artist's talk during ACP 2008, wrote a letter to the editor of The New Yorker about his friend (and our Congressman) which appeared in this week's issue.


28th Annual Push Pin Show at APG Gallery – February 13th

"28th Annual Push Pin Show Scheduled for February 13 at APG Gallery – Vote for Best In Show!

Have you ever thought you might have the opportunity to have your images hung in the same gallery with renowned fellow photographers? The annual APG Push Pin Show is the occasion you’ve been waiting for! Every year the gallery, home to numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, and adjacent to MOCA-GA in the Tula Arts Center building, opens its doors to existing and new members, allotting each artist approximately a 600 square inch space (about 20 inches by 30 inches), to display their work. Images may not be matted or framed, and may be priced for sale. Image dimensions are up to the artists – perhaps one large image, or maybe several smaller images, as long as the 600 square inch image space allotment is not exceeded.

New for this year – all attendees will be able to vote for their favorite photographs. At the end of the evening, the two artists receiving most votes will be announced as the winners of the People’s Choice Award. Winning artists will also be featured in APG’s March exhibition, Choice 2015. In addition, we are thrilled to have “Suburban Angst” back to play live music, mostly modern rock favorites and deeper cuts, in the atrium during the show! Talented photographer Tom Meyer will be making portraits on site at no charge with a gift print to take home.

This event is free to current members, and to photographers who join APG on the night of the show. Guests who would like to just come and hang out, enjoy the gallery, music, beer, wine, and pizza are welcome for a $10 entry fee. Only APG members can pin up prints. The annual APG membership fee is $35 ($25 for students).

Staff will be checking in members at 7pm in the Atrium. Doors open at 7:30, 75 Bennett Street, Suite B-1. Please visit the APG website for further details at:

Nancy Floyd earns John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

Big Congrats to Nancy Floyd, who's been named a John Gutmann Photography Fellow. Way to go, Nancy!

Rocky Mountain School of Photography – Atlanta Photo Weekend


Rocky Mountain School of Photography has a Photo Weekend planned for Atlanta on January 24th & 25th.

"This Photo Weekend is designed so that you can tailor your own learning experience to your own needs. Here’s how it works: Over the course of the weekend, several sessions are offered. Each session contains two courses. You choose the course that sounds most appealing and applicable to you. The courses within each session are diverse, and offer fitting options for beginners through intermediate amateur photographers. For example, if you have been intimidated by your SLR and want to learn the essentials of photography, in Session One you might elect to attend Photography Basics rather than Workflow: Processing Your Images with Adobe® Lightroom®. Not interested in Shooting and Processing HDR and Panoramic Images? No problem. Simply attend Composition: Designing a Great Photo instead. It’s up to you! The final session of the weekend is an engaging, lively and anonymous group critique led by your instructors, which further reinforce many of the topics you learned throughout the weekend."
[Photo credit: Rob Sylvan - RSMP]

Gordon Parks photograph subjects (may) have been ID’d, awaiting New York Times confirmation


Early this morning, as a follow-up to Monday's post about how the New York Times was searching to "unravel the mystery" of a Gordon Parks photograph currently on-view at The High Museum, we received a tweet from @dericfeacher alerting us to the fact that the subjects may have been ID'd on a newly-posted thread on the Huffington Post Black Voices page on Facebook.

Here's a screenshot from the Huff Po thread, where Carmela Hassan (from Tuscaloosa, perhaps?) provides details about both of the women in the photograph.

Throughout the day, @newyorktimesphoto has continued to ask for help in the search, so there's no telling if the post on the Huff Po page (screenshot above) is legit until fact-checkers put it to the test.

In sum, it appears that the subjects have been identified, but as of 7pm on Tuesday, there's been no confirmation from NYT.

Eggleston’s “Stranded in Canton” on YouTube

If you don't have a scraggly VHS copy of Eggleston's "Stranded in Canton" to watch on your 80s-era black-and-white TV for an authentic viewing experience, maybe seeing it on YouTube is the next best thing. It's been up there for six years, apparently, thanks to the folks at Film Buff. If you start watching and don't know what the heck's going on, wait two minutes or so and listen to Mr. Eggleston explain it, himself.

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