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[Video] Inspired Georgia on AJC’s Holiday Gift List

We couldn't be happier to see "Inspired Georgia" on the AJC's "5 gift books sure to dazzle this holiday season" list. It's a great time to pick-up your copy; here it is on the University of Georgia Press' site, and on Amazon, and if you use ACP's Amazon Smile link, you can give back while you shop!

Here's a look at the Inspired Georgia event which took place at the end of this year's festival. Video was shot and edited by Virginie Kippelen.

"From the University of Georgia Press, "Inspired Georgia" takes a thoughtful look at our state through the prism of poems and photographs by writers and artists with ties to the area.

The collection of previously published poems represents a significant number of local literati, including co-editor Judson Mitcham, Thomas Lux, Janisse Ray, Jericho Brown, David Bottoms, Kevin Young, Natasha Trethewey and Coleman Barks. Subjects run the gamut from “An Ode to Silence” by Megan Sexton to a broken engagement by Erin Ganaway to a meditation on the color blue — or azul — by Judith Ortiz Cofer.

Among the photographs are fresh looks at predictable scenes — a diner, a high school homecoming, a country fair, a red barn. But there are surprising finds, too: Christina Hadley’s moody, snowy shadow play; Laura Noel’s mesmerizing abstract; Joeff Davis’ playful lake scene.

And in the center is a stunning spread of moody, square-format landscapes by Diane Kirkland of some of our state’s natural jewels, including Mount Arabia, Ossabaw, Lake Burton, Sapelo and the Chattahoochee River. (Edited by Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy and Karen L. Paty. UGA Press. $34.95)"
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A Few New Photo Stories of Note

A quick update to share a few current stories attracting attention in the photo world, here and beyond:

Daniel Berehulak has a phenomenal story in today's NYT, covering President Duterte's extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Berehulak wrote and photographed the piece, which makes great use of NYT's sizeable digital resources.

It's amazing to see how digital storytelling has advanced since they premiered "Snow Fall" in 2012. The real shocker (if the facts aren't real enough) is the juxtaposition between Berehulak's crime scenes and the Google street map views, highlighted with a "View Location" link on each picture.

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Atlanta-based photographers Aaron and Cleo Coury have returned from Kenya, where they were at an orphanage, working with the Moment Lens, and those photos can be seen here: Joy Revealed: Photographing Kenyan Orphanages.

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In D.C., Tim Chambers put together a great post highlighting Dorothea Lange's photographs of Manzanar, a Japanese internment camp.

Interspersed with quotes from US Citizens who lived in the camps (George Takei was among them, as a child), it's an affecting presentation. Chambers' Anchor Editions is making prints of these public domain Lange photos available, with proceeds to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.

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"The next morning, the first morning in Manzanar, when I woke up and saw what Manzanar looked like, I just cried. And then I saw the mountain, the high Sierra Mountain, just like my native country’s mountain, and I just cried, that's all."
Minor White's archive is now up-and-running at the Princeton University Art Museum and has a searchable web interface.

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And last but not least, French photographer Lise Safarti photographed voters in Michigan and Pennsylvania who voted for our current President elect, and the story ("Meet the Voters Who Helped Put Donald Trump in the White House ") is nested inside TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" cover issue, where portrait photographer extraordinaire Nadav Kandar photographed Bannon, Priebus, Pence, Conway & DJT.

Kimberly Woodrosky, 53, Wilkes-Barre, PA. As the daughter of a Teamster and a textile mill worker, Woodrosky always thought of her membership in the Democratic Party "as a birthright." But the real estate investor says Trump and his promise to bring back jobs changed her mind. "He's a champion for hard-working people like us," she says.
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As the daughter of a Teamster and a textile mill worker, Woodrosky always thought of her membership in the Democratic Party "as a birthright." But the real estate investor says Trump and his promise to bring back jobs changed her mind. "He's a champion for hard-working people like us," she says.
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In Homage to William Christenberry

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Inspired by this lighthearted Instagram pic from Rylan Steele, I took a look at photographers who made their own pilgrimage (of sorts) to Newbern, Alabama, to see the location of William Christenberry's often-photographed green warehouse.

And let us know if we should add yours to the piece!

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Carolyn Meltzer exhibition at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, opens Fri. Dec. 16th

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Carolyn Meltzer has an opening reception at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, on Friday, Dec. 16th, 6:30-9pm.

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weGather, saving the stories behind family photos

weGather launched last week (an effort from ACP board member Rachel Lacour Niesen) and they're trying a new model for capturing the stories behind your family photos, through an app. You might see some familiar faces in their launch video. The project is an outgrowth of the popular Save Family Photos Instagram.

For iOS: https://sfp.la/wegatheriOS
For Android: https://sfp.la/wegatherAndroid

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Jane Cofer, on collecting photography, on Burnaway

Great to see our fabulous ACP board member Jane Cofer talk about the hows and whys of collecting photography, on Burnaway.
"When I graduated in 1989, MTV was cool and a lot of artists were doing videos. I really wanted to be in New York City and make money, so I worked as a production assistant. The first time I made $125 a day I thought, Oh my God, this is high cotton! I was very excited to tell all my friends I worked on an R.E.M. video. Looking back now, I regret buying fancy clothes instead of art. That is especially true when I work with people’s collections and hear that they purchased their pieces in the ’80s. At the time, photography was affordable. Now, not so much!"


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Jeff Rich’s “Watershed: The Tennessee River” Kickstarter, 14 Days to Go

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Jeff Rich, who's participated in plenty of ACP events and exhibitions over the years, has a Kickstarter for his "Watershed: The Tennessee River" project, to be published by our neighbors Fall Line Press.

The project's about halfway funded, so you can definitely help it get over the finish line.
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TIME’s Most Influential Images

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TIME just launched a new photobook and website dedicated to the "100 Most Influential Images", and you might appreciate the 20 videos accompanying the project, which tell the backstories behind some of the world's most famous photographs. (The 15-minute Richard Prince short-form documentary is definitely worth the click.)

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[Call for Entries] Juried Photo Exhibition to Benefit Rescue Dogs

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Tenth Anniversary - Puppy Love Juried Exhibition 2017
Puppy Love's good intent is for both dogs and photographers - to help support rescue organizations (CoCo's Cupboard, Inc. & Atlanta Humane Society) who do the heavy lifting with our cold hard cash and publicity, and to provide a great venue for photographers to showcase their work. Join us in helping this happen!

Puppy Love is open to all photographers ages 18 and older, and from anywhere on Planet Earth. There is no restriction as to where the images are made. Digital and film are both fine.

If you are juried into the show you will be expected to deliver your image(s) to Hathaway Contemporary in Atlanta on or before January 15th. You must include return shipping fees when you deliver the image. Sizes and framing options will be given to you when you are notified. All images must be for sale. Photographers will receive 50% of the sale price, with Hathaway Contemporary receiving 50%.

Judging this year is Amy Miller, Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography
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Atlanta Photography Group Extended Deadline for Portfolio 2017, Nov. 20th

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"Atlanta Photography Group is looking for strong, cohesive bodies of work for our most prestigious exhibition: Portfolio. Although there is no theme, images submitted should represent a single project, idea, or vision. We will consider still images from all processes, both traditional and digital. As we receive submissions, APG will post some of the images to our Instagram, tumblr and twitter. This year’s juror, Andy Adams, will select one body of work each from 6-8 artists for exhibition in the APG Gallery this January, 2017.

All exhibiting artists will be eligible for the 2017 APG/High Museum of Art Purchase Award of $2500, which includes admittance into the High Museum permanent collection."

Atlanta Photography Group Extended Deadline for Portfolio 2017, Nov. 20th
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