Unconventional Political Convention Photography

July 25th, 2016
A few minutes ago, while the DNC was warming-up in Philly, a photographer took the "official DNC photo" with an antique camera on a step-ladder. His name is Abbas Shirmohammadi, and he's been making panoramic photographs of political conventions (and inaugurations) for years.

There was something charming about a guy standing on a ladder, asking for everyone to stay still while his camera swiveled around the arena. The audio (and video) is a bit shaky on this clip, but it's worth checking out.

Larry Towell is on the move

July 20th, 2016
Photographer Larry Towell recently performed at "Cortona on the Move", a photography festival in Cortona, Italy. Larry writes his own poetry and songs, and I thought it'd be useful to share this clip, via Lynsey Addario's Instagram -- in that it shows how a photographer can extend their talent(s) beyond the frame, so to speak.


ACP at Look3

June 20th, 2016
Great to see all the posts and tweets from Atlantans who made the journey to Look3 in Charlottesville this past week. Here's ACP Board member Mary Stanley, ACP Executive Director Amy Miller, ACP 2013 Lecture Series presenter Alison Wright, and ACP Board President Barbara Griffin.


And here's Atlanta-based photographer (and ACP board member) Sheila Pree Bright receiving a standing-ovation, while onstage with Deborah Willis.


JR’s Louvre Wrap

May 25th, 2016
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Great to see photographic public art provocateur JR's latest installation, an intervention wrap of I.M. Pei's iconic pyramid at the Louvre. You might recall JR's work right here in the Old 4th Ward, from 2013, where he installed three murals.

Here's a look from October 3rd of last year, at the location of the furthest west mural, on Edgewood, where the piece looked to be living its last days.


And here it is now via Street View, permanently gone (though parts of the other two murals may still remain!)


Billy Weeks’ TED Talk at TEDxChattanooga

April 27th, 2016
Here's Georgia photographer (and baseball fan) Billy Weeks, talking about his path into and through photography, via TEDxChattanooga.

Who’s the Photographer in Lemonade?

April 27th, 2016
Quick question, internet; who is this photographer in this screengrab from Beyonce's "visual album" Lemonade? (Or is she an actress playing a photographer?) Nice 8x10!


Update: Fantastic! Our friends at Spelman Museum of Fine Art confirmed that this is actress Amandla Stenberg.

Thanks, Spelman!

Here's Ms. Stenberg's Instagram where she shared the same picture a few days ago.


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Documenting the KKK this past weekend in Rome

April 25th, 2016
Intrepid Atlanta photographer John Ramspott was on the scene for this weekend's KKK/NSM rally in Rome, Georgia. The event was scheduled for the same time as a rally that occurred at Stone Mountain on Saturday.

John didn't head home after the rally, he followed the Klan back to their bar, and photographed that evening's cross (and swastika) burning. For more info, please read the description ("show more") on John's flickr album.

A disclaimer from John:
"This set of photographs is NOT an endorsement of the KKK, the National Socialist Movement or any other hate group. I do not agree with anything they say. These images are documents of what happened in Rome, GA and later in Temple, GA on Saturday, April 23, 2016. This is a photo essay describing the events of the day. I am a social documentary photographer and not a member of any of these groups."



Las Vegas photo-installation from Marilyn Suriani

April 25th, 2016
Local photographer Marilyn Suriani has made a watery 54-foot triptych for a development in Las Vegas:

"One Las Vegas, a twin tower condominium high-rise on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, recently completed a $2 million remodeling project to enrich the community through art, design and lifestyle. This included the commission and installation of a massive, 54-foot custom photographic installation, “Water Way,” that now heralds entrance into the main tower, creating a beautiful feeling of calm and peace via an artful depiction of water and its movement. The masterpiece is the work of critically acclaimed artist and photographer Marilyn Suriani."


Brandon Tauszik’s Incredible Documentary GIFs

January 7th, 2016
We can't catch everything, and in 2015 we missed hearing about Brandon Tauszik's project "Tapered Throne". It's the first example we've seen of a solid, documentary photography project being expressed via animated GIFs.

While the cinemagraph has been a familiar way of delivering subtle motion to photographs, most photographers either shoot stills or video, without considering the GIF's hybrid strength. Tauszik's project causes one to linger, and the auto-loading GIFs save you from a "click-to-play" video scenario while rushing to turn-down your speakers because the audio's too loud.

Your mileage may vary, but it's so refreshing to see the lowly GIF re-imagined as a tool for photographic storytelling. It has to be Compuserve's greatest gift (pun-tended) to the world, right? [Hat-tip to Pete Brook & Vantage, which has more examples and links to interviews with Tauszik.]


Jon Dean Exhibition at Columbus State University, opens Friday

December 3rd, 2015
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Atlanta-based artist Jon Dean will be having an exhibition in the ArtLab Gallery at Columbus State University that opens Friday night, 6-8PM, 941 Front Avenue Columbus, GA 31901. The exhibition will be up until December 15th. [facebook rsvp]

"In conceptualizing this show I regularly thought of the realities of gender and sexuality. I wanted to create a show that brought both of these ubiquitous qualities into the viewer’s mind while maintaining a sense of fun. With the recent surge of popularity in drag culture amongst mainstream media, I thought that drag queens would be an appropriate way in which to do so. Drag queens personify a mixture of gender, sexuality, excitement and a sense of wonder.

The exhibition features work by photographer Jon Dean, a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. He received his BFA in Photography and now works in Atlanta, GA. His ability to convey individuality and penchant for storytelling is remarkable. His work within the queer community is both innovative and imaginative. The work includes color-photograph portraits of drag entertainers. The work asks the viewer to consider the individual behind these entertainment personalities."

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