Yousuf Karsh – American Portraits at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, Feb. 19

January 9th, 2018

Alison Wright – Public Lecture at Pace Academy, Wed., Nov. 29, 7pm

November 21st, 2017

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

August 23rd, 2017

Beate Sass opening reception at ASOP, Saturday, Aug 19th

August 16th, 2017

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.


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.)


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."

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.'"

[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.


“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"

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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