Saturday, May 20, 3 p.m. SCADshow Atlanta, GA 173 14th St. NE
"Join SCAD for an in-depth conversation with David LaChapelle, who will receive the prestigious SCAD Étoile during SCAD FASHWKND in recognition of his outstanding contributions to art, fashion, film and photography. After the presentation, LaChapelle will share insight into his prolific 30-year career as a photographer and director. His striking images have been featured in numerous magazines from Vogue to Rolling Stone, and he has photographed some of the world’s most recognizable faces.
Étoile — “star in the sky” in French — connotes brilliance, luminosity and glamour. The SCAD Étoile is a tribute to the biggest and brightest stars of the fashion, style and design realms, and recognizes trendsetting, innovative leaders for their monumental contributions. LaChapelle joins a distinguished coterie of SCAD Étoile honorees, including Carolina Herrera, Pierre Cardin, David Yurman, Catherine Deneuve, Cornelia Guest, Russell Simmons, Dakota Jackson, Graydon Carter, Sir David Tang, Robin Givhan and Margaret Russell.
The presentation and conversation are free and open to the public."
About a year ago at LOOK3 photo festival in Charlottesville, two ACP board members saw a presentation from Austin Merrill about the instagram-based project "Everyday Africa." Barbara and Mary knew Austin's project would be great for Atlanta, and earlier this year, thanks to Wells Fargo, ACP worked with Austin to implement the "Everyday" curriculum into two high schools from very different parts of Atlanta; Tri-Cities in the south, and Riverwood in the north.
With a team of ACP volunteers, the classes investigated how stereotypes are created and reinforced, and eventually, how photography can inspire and leverage the dissolution of these same stereotypes.
ACP's effort with Austin inspired “Everyday Atlanta,” a year-long affair, and this first phase involving TCHS & Riverwood will be followed by more public projects this summer and fall.
This past weekend, Austin was in town for the presentation of the final project from both schools, and for a public talk (and booksigning) about Everyday Africa (& the forthcoming Everyday Atlanta) at Midtown Arts Cinema.
We'd like to say a big thank you to Wells Fargo, to ACP Board President Barbara Griffin, the intrepid Mary Stanley, and the whole ACP team who's volunteered with this amazing project; Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Rachel LaCour Niesen, Billy Howard, Allen Cooley and Candice Greathouse; the two teachers, Chris Sandlin from Tri-Cities and Lana Ensmann from Riverwood; Peter Dicampo and Austin Merrill from Everyday Africa; and of course, the students from Tri-Cities & Riverwood!
"Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer’s candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that are hallmarks of Frank’s artistry. Director Laura Israel (Frank’s longtime film editor) and producer Melinda Shopsin were given unprecedented access to the notably irascible artist. The assembled portrait is not unlike Frank’s own movies – rough around the edges and brimming with surprises and insights – calling to mind Frank’s quintessential underground movie, the 1959 Beat short, PULL MY DAISY (co-directed by Alfred Leslie, co-written by Jack Kerouac). DON’T BLINK includes clips from Frank’s rarely seen movies, among them ME AND MY BROTHER and COCKSUCKER BLUES. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more."
A quick reminder that we'll be hosting a camera recycling event on Earth Day with our friends at Brickworks Gallery & KEH. It's right on the Beltline's Eastside Trail! Here are three quick photos for reference, a map, and our flyer. Open Friday, 12-8pm, and Saturday, Earth Day from 12-7pm!
Celebrate the launch of Everyday Africa's long-awaited new book: "Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent"
ACP Lecture Series: Everyday Africa w/ Austin Merrill
Monday, May 1st, 6:30-8pm
(Lecture begins promptly at 7pm, book-signing follows)
Midtown Arts Cinema FREE - Reserve Seats on Eventbrite
"Everyday Africa is a collective of photographers using imagery to combat common cliches and misperceptions, aiming to demonstrate that Africa is far more than a place only burdened by poverty, disease, and war. We find the extreme not nearly as prevalent as the familiar, the everyday."
Created by Austin Merrill and Peter DiCampo in March 2012 while in Ivory Coast (on a reporting assignment funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting), Everyday Africa has more than 320,000 followers on Instagram, has been exhibited and published internationally, and has developed an educational curriculum for middle and high school students. It has grown into a worldwide community of Everyday photography feeds, from Asia to Latin America, Afghanistan to Australia, Rio to the Bronx, along with issue-based feeds that include Everyday Incarceration, Everyday Black America, and Everyday Climate Change.
Austin will present the Everyday Africa project, book, photography and storytelling, and the worldwide efforts of The Everyday Projects to combat misperception, including Everyday Atlanta, soon to be the newest member of the Everyday family.
Copies will be available for purchase and signing by co-editor/co-founder Austin Merrill!