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Sheila Pree Bright’s #1960Now at Center for Civil & Human Rights, starting Friday

Sheila Pree Bright will have a temporary exhibit of her #1960NOW project at the Center for Civil and Human Rights opening on Friday!

"'1960Now' is a participatory and interactive exhibition interpreting intergenerational views of activism through social engaged art. I would like to inspire dialogue that's most needed in this critical moment in our country between races, genders and generations." — Sheila Pree Bright
(Note: Sheila is currently on the board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.)

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APG “Portfolio 2017” Exhibition Opening on Friday, Juror’s Talk from flakphoto on Saturday

Atlanta Photography Group presents “Portfolio 2017,” their most prestigious annual exhibition. Andy Adams, an independent curator and director of Flak Photo, selected the work of six artists from over a hundred submissions by APG members worldwide. From this exhibition, APG will fund the purchase of one portfolio for acquisition into the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art.

David Diodate, Birmingham, AL
Emily Earl, Savannah, GA
Samantha Geballe, San Francisco, CA
Rashed Haq, Houston, TX
Elena Nikitina, Moscow, Russia
Mark Sawrie, Muncie, IN

Opening reception will be Friday, January 13, from 6-9pm, and Andy Adams will give a talk the following day, Saturday, January 14, at 11am.

(photo caption: "Alycia" by Emily Earl)
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Teri Darnell Exhibition and Artist’s Talk on Saturday, 10am

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David Foster – Meet the Artist & Exhibition of “Nature’s Essence”

Intrepid Atlanta nature photographer David Foster has a new exhibition at Atlanta Friends Meeting with a "Meet the Artist" event rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28th, from 1-4pm.

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Mickalene Thomas exhibition opens at Spelman Museum, Feb. 9th

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Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities
February 9 – May 20, 2017

"The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art is proud to present Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities. Mickalene Thomas (b. 1971) is perhaps best known for her large-scale elaborate paintings that are adorned with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Combining art historical, political, and pop cultural references she introduces a complex vision of what it means to be a woman and expands common definitions of beauty. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities, an exhibition featuring photographs, film, and video, is a richly textured, and moving portrait of the multiplicities of womanhood that builds upon the artist’s ongoing reconsideration of black female identity. Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities is organized by the Aspen Art Museum."
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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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