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Sign-up for (Apocalyptic) Family Portrait with Beth Lilly this Weekend

February 26th, 2014

Beth Lilly, who created ACP’s Public Art project in 2009, has a new family portrait project that addresses climate change and the collapse of civilization. Fun!

She’s photographing families this weekend: “Would you like a family portrait? I’m taking portraits in my studio to use in an art project this weekend and next weekend. For payment, I’ll give you an 8×10 print of the final image. Everyone will need to sign a model release. Email or message me if you are interested. Tell your friends! Pets are family too.”

“A recent study revealed that nearly 30% of the US population has made preparations for the collapse of civilization – and there are many more throughout the world. To me it was alarming that they would rather count on a future where they are forced to kill friends, neighbors, even relatives to survive than alter their behaviors today and prevent such a calamity. These thoughts were the inspiration for a dystopian satire of the family portrait tradition. I photographed families in my studio against a green screen, posing them according to advice found on the internet for portrait photographers, and digitally placed the families in these scenes (the families saw the backgrounds and agreed to the composites). I think most people haven’t thought about their stash of guns in quite this light so I hope to put some perspective on this trend.”

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Jason Francisco in Ukraine, photographing protests in Lviv

February 24th, 2014

Emory professor Jason Francisco has been in Lviv, working on personal projects while documenting protests there. He updated his site with photographs and an essay about the dramatic political change that’s sweeping that nation.

Public day of mourning, reflection, and prayer / 23 February 2014, Lviv.
Oleh, retired military officer and volunteer coordinator of a citizen run civil defense unit guarding soldiers in Lviv / 22 February 2014, Lviv.
Open public gathering in support of the revolution, Lviv
Donations of clothing received and sorted at a collecting point in central Lviv, for transport to Kyiv / 21 February 2014, Lviv

All photographs © Jason Francisco

TONIGHT: Jerry Siegel Artist’s Talk at MOCAGA, Tuesday, 6:30pm

October 29th, 2013

Jerry Siegel, Tonight!

Jerry Siegel Artist Talk
Photographic Portraits
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
6:30pm Reception
7pm Talk
www.mocaga.org

[Photos] Lucinda Bunnen’s Opening at Atlanta Preservation Center

October 21st, 2013

The intrepid John Ramspott attended Lucinda Bunnen’s exhibition “Georgia Portraits” on Friday at the Atlanta Preservation Center, and captured the festivities for Burnaway.

Here’s Susan Cofer looking at Susan Cofer:
Susan Cofer looking at a photo of the back of her own head. My favorite photo from this evening.

[Photos] Sistagraphy at Hammonds House

October 16th, 2013

John Ramspott photographed Sistagraphy’s “Photoslam” on Sunday at Hammonds House. Have a look!

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John Baeder’s #acpfest Show at Mason Murer in ArtsAtl.com

October 8th, 2013

From a recent review by Jerry Cullum about John Baeder’s current show “Paintings & Photographs” at Mason Murer. The show is on view until Nov. 2nd.

“By the early 1970s, Baeder had begun exploring the potential of color photography, at the same time when William Eggleston made his cutting-edge forays into color as a medium for high art. Many of the early color photos in this exhibition may originally have been intended to be documentation for paintings, but other striking images stem from the assignment that architect Robert Venturi gave Baeder (and Stephen Shore, whose 1971 Metropolitan Museum exhibition had been groundbreaking) to photograph Route 66 across America for a Bicentennial exhibition at Washington’s Renwick Gallery.”

Artist’s Talk from Sistagraphy at Hammonds House on Sunday 2-5pm

September 27th, 2013

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Stephanie Dowda and Lucinda Bunnen featured on ArtsATL.com

September 16th, 2013

When you get a second, check out these two profiles on ArtsATL.com:

“All along, Bunnen bought photos for herself, an enterprise totally separate, and different, from her gifts to the High. Museums have plans, targets, gaps to fill, value to consider. Bunnen did not purchase as an investment, though she does revel in the rising values of her photos. The Weston, which she bought for a then-shocking $500, is now worth millions. “If you have the guts to buy something before everyone else, you can get more for a lot less,” she crows.”

- Photographer Lucinda Bunnen’s generosity makes her “patron saint” of High Museum collection – by Cathy Fox

“Light is an energy. And so when you record it, when it is physically solidified on film, you have something. You have a part of me or you or this wall or the sun that you can’t get anywhere else. So what is that? That gives me chills thinking about it. I don’t know what that is. I don’t know if I want to know what that is. I just want to keep trying to imagine I can figure it out.”

- Q&A: Photographer Stephanie Dowda loves places, but loves noplace most of all

Great article about Lucinda Bunnen and her collection @highmuseumofart in the AJC

September 4th, 2013

A quick blurb from Howard Pousner’s fantastic piece in the AJC about Lucinda Bunnen and her collection which will be on view during ACP at the High:

“Lucinda is very engaged, very passionate, very active,” High photography curator Brett Abbott said of the 2013 Nexus Award recipient. The honor was bestowed by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (which she helped found 40 years ago) for her artistry and patronage.

Giving is in her genes: After selling his half of Sears, Roebuck & Co., her grandfather started the Manhattan-based Norman Foundation, which continues to support economic and environmental justice causes. Her LUBO Fund, which focuses on arts giving and equal rights, is an offshoot.

The photographer-benefactor’s mix of creative contributions was what Abbott wanted to emphasize in the first full Bunnen Collection exhibit since 1983 (when it comprised 80 prints).

“She’s really a remarkable woman in the way that she’s worn several hats and done it very gracefully,” the curator said. “She identifies as an artist, but she’s also been an incredibly important philanthropist, a visionary collector and a supporter of other artists’ work.”

That hasn’t changed. For instance, for “The Bunnen Collection,” Abbott planned to include at least 10 of her photographs alongside 20th century masters such as Ansel Adams, Clarence John Laughlin, Sally Mann and Cindy Sherman. But then she kept thinking of other photographers she wanted to include, such as Atlantan Ilia Varcev (“I thought it would be important for him”). She lobbied the curator to take out photos she created as needed to make room for the late additions.

Jackson Fine Art Opening, Friday, Sept. 6th

September 3rd, 2013

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