[Video] Marilyn Suriani’s “Liquid Emerald”

Here's a fun new video from Marilyn Suriani, showing her process (from soup to nuts!) of her recent installation, "Liquid Emerald" at One Capital City Plaza.

(h/t Billy Howard)

Dr. Doris Derby & Ruth Dusseault in Dashboard’s “Dialogue”

Dashboard Co-op has a current group exhibition called "Dialogue: Conflict/Resolution" which features the work of two photographers, Dr. Doris Derby & Ruth Dusseault. The exhibition space is Dashboard's North & Mid Galleries at 31/33 North Avenue.


Ruth Dusseault will be giving an artist's talk on March 4th at 7pm. Dr. Doris Derby will be giving an artist's talk on March 11th, 6pm with Nicole Cromartie, at the Center for Civil & Human Rights.

[photo above by David Batterman, via Dashboard]

SAVE THE DATE: April 16th, VIK MUNIZ at High Museum of Art

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In partnership with the High Museum of Art, ACP presents an extraordinary evening with acclaimed photography and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz!

Please mark your calendars for April 16th, 7pm, and reserve your seats soon - Vik Muniz will be in Atlanta for one night only.

PS: ACP supporters at $1k and up, stay tuned for VIP event information. If you are considering supporting ACP at $1k or more, there is no better time than now!

Catching-up with Lynsey Addario

I had the rare pleasure of seeing an actual printed copy of the New York Times a few weeks ago, when Lynsey Addario's story "What Can a Pregnant Photojournalist Cover? Everything" was in the magazine, and included this photo.

[Photo by Lynsey Addario]

The story was an adaptation from her recent book, "It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War". (Don't forget to sign-in with ACP's Amazon Smile link!) Addario did a media tour surrounding the launch of the book, which led to these next few links:

Here's Addario talking to Katie Couric about being pregnant in a war zone: "I was in Senegal, Gaza, Somalia & Kenya. It was fine! Pregnant women live in these countries."

"Certainly in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' it doesn't say 'don't go to Afghanistan!'"
Here's Addario on Feb. 11th talking to Teri Gross on Fresh Air, and here she is being interviewed on Al Jazeera America. Addario's career is chronicled on her wikipage, and in addition to an ICP Infinity Award, she's a MacArthur Fellow, class of 2009. To keep-up, follow her on twitter!

AJC Investigates Jackson Street Bridge Photo-Phenomenon


Great to see this video piece from the AJC, looking at the phenomenon of photographing the ATL skyline from the Jackson Street Bridge.

Instagram and zombies are to blame, and hopefully you have an AJC subscription so you can read the full piece.

Here are some tips for shooting, and a gallery of user-submitted photos (many with the #weloveatl hashtag, of course!) via Instagram.

Lucinda Bunnen – Artist’s Talk at Swan Coach House, Thursday, 7pm

Lucinda Bunnen's "A Collection of Collections" show at Swan Coach House Gallery will be having an artist's talk on Thursday, Feb. 12th at 7pm. Lucinda will be talking with Brett Abbott, Donald and Marilyn Keough Family Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art.

Virginie Kippelen reviewed the show yesterday on

"Although her collection of cameras — a large photograph of dozens of them, old and new, acquired over 45 years — takes center stage here, many of the collections, like the Hawaiian souvenirs, are mundane objects. There are beads in all shapes and colors; pine cones, large and small; heart-shaped stones; shells from everywhere.

A vast display of artifacts complements the photos on the gallery walls. A couple of ceramic cows stand by the photograph of her miniature-cow collection (Bunnen grew up on a farm)."

Photos on the Mac in a post-Aperture World

For those of you who never made the move to Lightroom (if you need a class, get started at The Showcase School) you've probably managed your photos through iPhoto, Aperture, Bridge, Phase One's software, or you've burned them to a stack of CDs that's taller than you. And now that Aperture & iPhoto are going away...


While Apple's received plenty of bad press about their photo-management software, including multiple fails with how your cell-phone pics are syncing (or not-syncing) with iCloud, they're definitely trying to remake how you sort, organize & develop your photos with an upcoming release of their new "Photos" app.

There's a deep discussion of the Photos app on yesterday's Mac Break Weekly, and has an in-depth first look at the new features: "Photos for Mac first look - The future of ubiquitous photography approaches", and while it's too early to tell if it'll solve all your photo-management related snafus, it sounds like a step in the right direction.

Or you could just throw your entire hard-drive at Lightroom and find out what Adobe's been working on for the past ten years!

Camera Bombs vs. Big Bang Cameras

While last week we asked "is it a bomb, or a camera?" (which is to say nothing about photobombs) this week we'll look at how a camera was built (inside a bomb?) to observe the biggest ever man-made bang at CERN.

[Photo by Simon Norfolk via Benrubi Gallery]

Listening to an interview with UK scientist and media personality Brian Cox on my way to work, I heard him discuss his project at the Large Hadron Collider.

"50 years later (after Higgs' prediction) you build the biggest machine ever built, 60 miles in circumference, most of it's in France, a bit of it's in Switzerland (10,000 scientists & 150 countries) - this huge thing -- you accelerate protons, the nuclei of hydrogen around this thing at 99.9999 percent the speed of light, they go around the 60 miles 11,000 times a second, we can collide 600 million of them together every second to recreate the conditions that were present less than a billionth of a second after the universe began.

(We) photograph it in with the biggest digital cameras ever built. The one I work on called Atlas is 40m in diameter. A vast, vast thing! 7000 tons of digital camera in a cavern the size of St. Paul's Cathedral underneath the ground in Switzerland. And you find this thing that this guy, Peter Higgs predicted to exist 50 years ago because he did some sums."
That's one huge camera, and I'm no physicist, but it may not be a camera in the traditional sense.

Last month's news was that a proposed telescope in Chile would have a 32 gigapixel sensor (while other news stories say 3.2). Either way, it isn't something you'd want swinging around your neck.

For comparison, the famous gigapan photograph of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration was a mere 1.6 gigapixels, and you still can't find your face in that sea of people!

And if you spend enough time looking-up "what's the largest digital camera?" while learning about a long tunnel underneath France, you might come across this: an eery diptych of the CERN collider contrasted with the Mayan calendar.

Ok, then!



“Through a Lens Darkly” to air on PBS, February 16th

We were proud to have "Through a Lens Darkly" as part of ACP 2014, and we just received word that the film will screen on PBS on February 16th!

In addition to the screening, there's an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for producing a Tool-Kit for schools that will be a companion piece to the film.

"We are looking to raise $150,000 to cover production costs associated with the creation of the 1World1Family Tool-Kit. We already have a substantial amount of content "in the can," which needs to be reviewed, transcribed and turned into short video pieces. We need to create specific teaching and discussion guides for each short piece and the guides need to be translated into Spanish. We need to create step-by-step instructional materials for how to run a DDFR event, including associated film screenings, community photo-sharing sessions and community discussions on visual literacy. We need to develop best practices and business cases for Diversity & Inclusion training and facilitation guides. We need to create specific educational classroom guides and student activities using our existing content and conforming to Common Core protocols.

We are routing contributions to the campaign through our fiscal sponsor, National Black Programming Consortium, which has been a very strong supporter and funder of our project. All contributions over $150 will be tax-deductible (less the value of the premium received.) "
Help them out, if you can, and don't forget to tune in on Feb. 16th!

14th Street Bridge “Suspicious Package” was a Pinhole Camera

If you were caught in the traffic snarl yesterday from the shut-down connector, you might be interested to learn that the suspicious device duct-taped to the 14th St. Bridge was a camera for an art class at Georgia State:

"Georgia State University sincerely apologizes for the traffic problems resulting yesterday from the mounting of a student camera at the 14th Street Bridge,” the university said in a statement. “The camera was one of 18 used by students in an art project and deployed at various locations in the city. Georgia State Police are closely cooperating with the Atlanta Police Department in the removal of all of the cameras."
Here's a picture of the camera, which apparently had "art project, please don't disturb til Spring" written on its side. But at a glance, you could also say it's a suspicious-device-duct-taped-to-a-bridge crossing the busiest north/south thoroughfare in ATL.


Max Blau at Creative Loafing has the story about how Brock Scott called in the tube to APD.

Pinhole cameras made for long-exposures come in all shapes and sizes, and Michael Wesely used his to create this view of MoMA in New York over the course of 34 months. Did Wesely use duct-tape?

Yesterday's kerfuffle, and the fact that GSU is now removing cameras that have been placed all over town, brings to mind the Adult Swim "Bomb Scare" from Boston in 2007, which had its roots here in Atlanta, too!

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