[Call for Entries] Elevate 2015

The call for entries for Elevate 2015 is now up. Due on May 15th!

Chip Simone w/ “Women in Focus” in Marietta, April 8th


Chip Simone will be talking about "Photography and the gift of the day" with Women in Focus in Marietta on April 8th.

Last night’s AFF “Frame by Frame” Screening

We're pleased to have been able to introduce "Frame by Frame" last night at the Plaza during the Atlanta Film Festival. It was great to see film & photography fans in attendance, and we hope you enjoyed the film as much as we did. The documentary is moving, inspirational, and makes a great addition to the field of documentaries about photography.


We wanted to quickly share a great Instagram'd quote about the experience of seeing the film from "The Dowda":

"While we indulge in selfies these two brave and committed filmmakers create a living documentary on four Afghani photographers who risk themselves to capture truth, humility, injustice, and tragedy to make a document, to share and establish a real vision of their people and country. The filmmakers who created Frame By Frame helped elevate photography as tool that fights war; a war of weapons and a war of perception. We should be as close to being as bold and brave to examine our own lives through a fraction of the lens that this film highlights. I'm humbled and changed. Thank you @framebyframedoc #fbfdoc"
We have a few films on our radar for this year's incarnation of ACP Film Series, though we're not sure what we'll end-up screening at this date. If you have a recommendation of a recent/new photo-based documentary that hasn't screened in Atlanta, let us know! In fact, last night felt like an mid-ACP October evening -- everyone was enthused, the moon was low and there was a chill in the air.

Big thanks to Frame By Frame and the Atlanta Film Festival!

[Call for Entries] Crusade Engagement Grant, due April 17th

You might remember last year's winning project for the inaugural "Crusade Engagement Grant" Matthew Conboy, a photographer in Pittsburgh, won with his "Start With Art" proposal to distribute signed, original photography (from local photographers) to every baby born at West Penn Hospital.

If you're thinking about new ways to connect your work with the world, and you have an idea that's innovative and brings a new audience to the table, you should apply!

Deadline is April 17th!.


“Frame by Frame” screening at Atlanta Film Festival, Monday, March 23, 9pm

"In 1996, the Taliban banned photography in Afghanistan. When the US invaded after 9/11, the regime toppled, the media blackout disappeared, and a promising industry began to emerge. Using cinema verité and secret, never-before-seen archival footage shot under Taliban rule, this documentary follows four Afghan photojournalists fighting to reclaim their nation's identity by capturing the truth."
On Monday night, "Frame by Frame", a documentary about Afghan photojournalists will be screening at the Plaza as part of the Atlanta Film Festival. The film's directors, Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli will be in attendance, and Michael David Murphy from ACP will facilitate a conversation.

Discounted tickets for you (readers of ACP Now!) are available, use code: 25fb-f7

Look forward to seeing you there!

[VIDEO] Eighteen Publicly Available ACP Lectures (and then some!)

A tweet from David Naugle this week inspired us to take a look at the publicly available archive of ACP lectures over the years. And while we weren't able to locate the Martin Parr lecture (we believe it was filmed by the High, but just hasn't been made public) we were able to put together a list of videos that have been posted.

Most of these videos came out of the relationship between The High Museum and Forum Network. Many of these lectures were created in partnership (and collaboration) with local institutions and galleries, including Lumiere Gallery, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and The High Museum of Art. A few were recorded thanks to the intrepid good old ArtRelish. While there are a few videos in this list that weren't "officially" part of the Festival, it makes sense to include them here.

In a world that now includes Meerkat and (soon) Periscope, we hope to be able to bring you some kind of low-res live-streaming of lectures and events in 2015.

Bookmark, enqueue, and enjoy!

20121017 - ACP Knowledge Series - Marvin Heiferman at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Part 1
"Influential curator and writer Marvin Heiferman discusses his newest book, Photography Changes Everything."

20121017 - ACP Knowledge Series - Marvin Heiferman at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Part 2

20111027 - Zoe Strauss at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

"Zoe Strauss is a photo-based installation artist who uses Philadelphia as a primary setting and subject for her work. Strauss’s photographic work culminates in a yearly “Under I-95” show, which takes place beneath the Interstate highway in South Philadelphia. She displays her photographs on concrete pillars under the highway and sells photocopied prints of her work for $5 each. In 2002, she received a Seedling Award in photography from the Leeway Foundation. In 2005, she received a Pew Fellowship. In 2006, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. Zoe Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow and granted $50,000 by United States Artists, an arts advocacy foundation dedicated to the support and promotion of America's top living artists. Zoe Strauss is the author of America, published November 2008 by AMMO Books."

20111020 - Chip Simone

"Atlanta-based photographer Chip Simone and the High’s Curator of Photography, Brett Abbott will take an in-depth look at the work on view in the High’s The Resonant Image: Photographs by Chip Simone exhibition. The exhibition features 64 of his color photographs made between 2000-2010 during explorations in and around Atlanta and other American cities."

20101020 - The Past Again: Reflections of the Daguerreotype - Grant Romer

"Grant Romer, world-renowned photography authority and former Director of Conservation for the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, introduces recently evolved thinking about the daguerreotype in light of the dramatic changes in imaging and information technology over the last ten years.

Romer also examines the basics of daguerreotype connoisseurship through an overview of the history of the process and illustrations of the unique qualities of the daguerreotype."

20100916 - "The Power and Passion to Create" - Norman Seeff

"Photographer and filmmaker Norman Seeff discusses the creative process that he has documented for more than 35 years. Included are film clips and Seeff’s own photographs of such luminaries as the Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Martin Scorsese, and Nobel Prize-winning scientists."

20091120 - Harry Shearer's 'The Silent Echo Chamber'

"Artist and performer Harry Shearer discusses his recent video work, The Silent Echo Chamber. Stuart Horodner, artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Jim Clancy, anchor of CNN International; and Michael David Murphy, program manager of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, join the panel."

20091029 - Tierney Gearon On Her Career As A Photographer

"Acclaimed photographer Tierney Gearon discusses the entire span of her career as a photographer--beginning with her first portraits of her family, her early commercial work as a fashion photographer in Europe, her discovery by Charles Saatchi, subsequent shows at The Gagosian Gallery, "The Mother Project", and her newest series, "Explosure."

20090411 - Julie Blackmon at SCAD Atlanta

20081001 - Gregory Heisler on Arnold Newman

"Gregory Heisler, award winning photographer, discusses Arnold Newman and the impact that he and his work have had on photography. Heisler is a commercial photographer with 70 Time magazine covers to his credit."

20080911 - Photography of Christopher Bucklow

"Christopher Bucklow talks about his widely known photographic silhouettes made using a pinhole camera. He is also known for the ongoing series of paintings that stem from those photographs. His work is included in the collections of many museums across the US."

20080306 - Street Photography - Lisa Kurzner

"Photography expert Lisa Kurzner leads a discussion on "Through the Spyglass: Politics and Play in Street Photography, 1960 to the Present". The conversation covers the history of street photography and its place in the political landscape of the Vietnam era. Kurzner discusses Garry Winogrand, Susan Meiselas and Danny Lyon, as well as ideas of surveillance and voyeurism in photography."

20080306 - Alfred Stieglitz's Photography Of Georgia O'Keeffe - Lisa Kurzner

"Independent scholar Lisa Kurzner discusses Alfred Stieglitz's photographs of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Educated in Berlin, Stieglitz studied engineering and photography before returning to the US at the turn of the century and opening the 291 gallery. He pioneered the art of photography, and single-handedly introduced America to the works of Picasso, Matisse, and Cezanne at the gallery. Stieglitz took more than 300 portraits of O'Keeffe between 1918 and 1937. Most of the more erotic poses would be in the first few years of their marriage."

20071108 - Exploring Harry And Eleanor Callahan - Chip Simone, John McWilliams & Julian Cox

"Photographers Chip Simone and John McWilliams, personal friends of the late photographer Harry Callahan, joined Julian Cox to discuss the artist and his muse, Eleanor, as teacher and artist, and to feature examples of their own work."

20070915 - Sam Taylor Wood - New Media Art: Modern Photography And Film

"Sam Taylor-Wood discusses her work in photography and film, which examines collective social and psychological conditions within thought-provoking scenarios, displaying the discord between the internal and external identity of her subjects."

20070208 - Greta Pratt: Nineteen Lincolns

"Photographer Greta Pratt discusses her interest in historic iconography in America, in particular her monumental work Nineteen Lincolns, on view at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Nineteen Lincolns documents men who belong to the Association of Lincoln Presenters, a society dedicated to studying and portraying the life of Abraham Lincoln."

20061109 - Susan Todd-Raque: "Photography: Inspired Collecting"

"Independent scholar, writer, lecturer and critic Susan Todd-Raque discusses the growing enthusiasm for collecting photography and why it is the perfect medium for such a passion."

20060720 - Julian Cox: "Thoughts on Large Format Photography"

"Julian Cox addresses the prevailing taste for large scale images, and considers the choices that photographers make when determining the size of their prints."

Kuhn & Pillsbury opening at Jackson Fine Art, Saturday, 6pm



The Fence ATL - Amy Sparks

[UPDATE: The deadline for THE FENCE has been extended to Monday, March 23rd, at noon!]

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.

[The Details]
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"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]

#weloveatl’s “Wigstameet”, March 21st


"The weekend of March 21-22nd is Instagram's Worldwide Instameet 11. To celebrate, @weloveatl is collaborating with two of Atlanta's silliest Instagrammers (@timlampe and @ohheyitsday) to put on an Instameet that promises to be funky. Introducing the world's first #Wigstameet!

What's a wigstameet? It's an instameet- but with fun headgear. It's not a requirement, but it is a fun outlet for your creativity.

The meet will be held on Saturday March 21st at 1pm along the north side Beltline trail at Tanyard Creek Park. Details to follow closer to the event.

If you've never been to an community event, don't be intimidated. This is a great time to get out of your normal way of shooting and meet some rad people along the way- while wearing some awesome head gear!"

Amber Fouts in Today’s NYT

Amber Fouts in Today's NYT

Atlanta-based editorial photographer Amber Fouts has a story about White Oak Pastures on the cover of the NYT Food section today.

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