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Mark Caceres opening at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Thursday, 6-9PM

August 23rd, 2017
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Beate Sass opening reception at ASOP, Saturday, Aug 19th

August 16th, 2017
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Fall Line Press Annual Workshop

August 16th, 2017

Our friends and neighbors at Fall Line Press have a new workshop: Places and People - The Deep Essay With Photographs and Words.

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Atlanta Loses a Visual Voice

August 10th, 2017
Photo via AJC

The thing about clichés is that they are often true. Of course, that’s a cliché too, but sometimes they sum up a feeling that is hard to express any other way. We have the idea ingrained in us. If you write around the cliché then the reader immediately thinks of the cliché, so I might as well skip the middleman and get right to it.

“It takes a village.”

A village can be a metaphor for any kind of community, and Atlanta’s photography village was diminished this week with the passing of longtime AJC photo editor Kent Johnson. Our paths never crossed but I know many of his friends and was moved by the visceral depth of grief and love expressed at his passing.

One of John Donne’s more elegiac quotes is: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in all mankind…” and likewise, the loss of someone dear to so many people dear to me, is a loss of the opportunity to know him, and by knowing him to grow and learn from his life.

Atlanta is a photography town. When I moved here forty years ago, we received the visual information about our city through the newspaper. Now it surrounds us, and indeed we all contribute to it through our phones, tablets, and even cameras. There are literally millions of images bombarding us daily. But it takes an informed eye to sift through the miasma of pixels to find those that truly inform. That was Kent’s job and according to his colleagues, he was a master.

There are photography groups, clubs, organizations - both professional and amateur - throughout the city, but mine is Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and on behalf of all of us, my condolences to Kent’s friends and family. Your loss is a loss to us all.

We also know our city better through words and AJC reporter Ernie Suggs has been informing us as a reporter for the AJC for twenty years. He was Kent’s friend and colleague. His words will bring depth to Kent’s life in a way that I can’t. Here is his tribute: Kent Johnson Tribute.

(Thanks to ACP Board Vice-President Billy Howard for writing this thoughtful remembrance.)

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Amy Elkins’ Portrait Project in Georgia

June 6th, 2017
You might appreciate these new photographs (Wallflower II) that NY-based photographer Amy Elkins has been making in Georgia over the past year.

"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."
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Stephanie Calabrese on NYT’s Lens Blog

March 9th, 2017
© Stephanie Calabrese

Great to see ACP festival participant Stephanie Calabrese's work from Monroe featured today on the New York Times Lens blog. Congrats, Stephanie!

"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.'"
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[VIDEO] Mickalene Thomas at Spelman Museum – Art Papers Live

March 9th, 2017
If you missed the talk on Feb. 9th at Spelman College, there's a video of Mickalene Thomas' visit to Atlanta. Her exhibition is open through May 20th.

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“Strong is the New Pretty” – Kate T. Parker’s new book + events

February 27th, 2017
Great to see Atlanta-based photographer Kate T. Parker's recent success has developed into "Strong is the New Pretty," her new photobook celebrating "the tenacious spirit inherent within every girl." She's going on book tour, and has three area events:

- Monday, March 6th at Little Shop of Stories (133 E Court Square #A Decatur, GA) @ 7 PM
- Saturday, March 11 at Athleta Alpharetta (Avalon, 6120 1st S, Alpharetta, GA) @ 2 PM – 4 PM
- Friday, March 31 at Avid Books with Strong Girls (493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA) @ 6:30 PM

Check out this video about the project and catch up with Kate at one of her ATL-area events in March!
"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."

March 8th Update:
Megan Volpert interviewed Kate T. Parker over on ArtsATL.

Atlanta-based photographer John E. Ramspott attended Kate's event at Little Shop of Stories over the weekend, and took a few photos.

© John E. Ramspott
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Cherie Truesdell attended ONE HUNDRED events & exhibitions in ACP 2016

February 27th, 2017
Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cherie Truesdell, who attended ONE HUNDRED events & exhibitions during ACP 2016. It's not just remarkable, it's nearly unbelievable!

(We didn't ask how many miles she put on her car...)

Cherie visited ACP venues across the Atlanta-metro area (plus Athens, Columbus, Zebulon, and beyond!) and along the way she kept track of everything in her dog-eared Festival Guide. If you're a completist, and you want to see as many photo-related events as possible, we'll be sharing Cheri's tips with you later in the year, but here's a quick few:

"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.

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."
We'll be back in touch with a few of Cheri's tips for enjoying #acpfest later this year.

Thank you, Cheri!

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Link Round-up & Calls for Entry

February 21st, 2017
Here's a long post that gathers links and notices from our twitter and facebook in recent days. Enjoy!

SCAD graduate, former Atlantan, and current Ph.D candidate at UC San Diego, Tara-Lynne Pixley has a piece for Newsweek's photolab about inequities in photojournalism, and the "corrective collectives" that are inspiring change.

"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.

Jerry Siegel has work on view at the Mobile Museum of Art in a show curated by 2013 ACP portfolio reviewer Richard McCabe.

Sheila Pree Bright gave a talk last week for ATL Photo Night, a Facebook-led effort from Kevin D. Liles and Raymond McCrea Jones, hosting "free monthly talks by local photographers and artists." Definitely follow them on Facebook for details of their next event on March 23rd.



photo by John E. Ramspott

Atlanta Magazine has a piece about "How to buy and collect photography in Atlanta" that features some great advice from area experts.

Atlanta School of Photography starts classes on March 6th!

There are three days until the deadline for the Hambidge Creative Hive Project.

"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 call for entries for THE FENCE 2017 is currently open, and the first deadline is March 14th.

"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.

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."
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.

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