"In a continuing exploration into the many nuances of gender identity and masculinity, Wallflower II, turns the camera to masculine identifying individuals from a spectrum of backgrounds. Much like Wallflower (shot between 2006-2008), the portraits stem from an ongoing intrigue regarding masculine identity when stripped of personal context - sitting bare within a constructed, impermanent environment. Unlike Wallflower, which aimed the lens at cisgender men almost entirely photographed in my personal space, Wallflower II explores a much broader sense of masculine identity- shot in the personal space of strangers in urban and rural Georgia upon first meeting and found through online calls / searches surrounding ideas of masculinity and gender in the American South. The work aims to confront socially constructed ideas and standards surrounding both gender and masculinity, vulnerability and beauty."
"She says her intention in sharing the project with a wider audience is 'to reveal an honest look at my small, Southern hometown as a step toward understanding the complex challenges of our country."
Inspiring photographers, from wannabes to professionals, to explore the possibilities of mobile camera technology is rewarding. But her real hope, she added, is that 'this project inspires other photographers to study and document their own hometowns in an effort to create understanding and empathy within our communities. Maybe it's a step toward finding a common ground.'"
"Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, and Oxygen. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education, like Girls on the Run, Glam4Good, and Girls Inc. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. Her website is katetparker.com."
"Bring the Festival Guide with you, call ahead as much as possible, and bring snacks!"A few more quotes about some of Cheri's favorite events:
"One of the really fun events was #weloveatl - everyone there was very fabulous and young and cool. Such a neat venue, with their truck and Lonnie Holley's sculpture next door.We'll be back in touch with a few of Cheri's tips for enjoying #acpfest later this year.
And Marianne Mitchell's exhibition was so cool! It was a creepy, poetic exhibition and was fun and fantastic. I was really inspired.
The Portfolio Walk is so great, because the people are there and they'll tell you all about their work, and they're passionate about it, and people come in from New York and California, and some are local students."
"Lauded photojournalism organization World Press Photo (WPP) released its second “State of News Photography” report in November 2016, a document that addressed many key issues affecting contemporary photojournalists. Most striking was the fact that of the nearly 2,000 news photographers surveyed internationally, a mere 15 percent were female. Also concerning was the revelation that 65 percent were from Western nations, specifically Europe, the United States and Australia. These two statistics reveal that the vast majority of news images are produced by Western-born men. This is the dominant point of view through which the entire world continues to see and understand itself."Atlanta-based photographer Sarah Hobbs has work currently on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and here's a write-up about the exhibition: "Obsession permeates artist Sarah Hobbs' distressing habitats.
"For three months this spring, The Hambidge Center will re-imagine Atlanta’s bustling city center into a creative enclave of working studios, installations and experimental projects. With a major renovation planned later in the year, Colony Square has partnered with the Hambidge Center to provide inspired artists and thinkers a unique opportunity to explore and share their work."Also due on the 23rd is this call for entries for Atlanta Jazz Festival & Chastain Arts Center.
"The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life.Our friends at Atlanta Photography Group have a call for entries: Where Are We? that's looking at "the constant changes in both the social and physical landscape of today’s world, including environmental and climate change issues, and political and social movements such as gentrification and immigration." Juror for the show is Alan Rothschild of the Do Good Fund.
Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 William H. Johnson Prize.
The prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre. For award purposes, "early career" is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year the prize is awarded. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible, so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years.
The 2017 prize recipient will receive $25,000. The winner will be announced in December 2017. RFP is here with a Nov. 16th deadline."