Artist Talk from Joshua Rashaad McFadden at Woodruff Arts Center, Thursday, August 11th


Great to see recent SCAD MFA grad Joshua Rashaad McFadden is giving a talk on Thursday at Woodruff, sponsored by C4 Atlanta. Register via Eventbrite.

" One of LensCulture's top 50 emerging artists in the world is giving an artist talk at the "heartbeat" of Atlanta. Joshua Rashaad McFadden is a multi-award-winning, international, artist whose work focuses on the multifaceted Black identity in American culture. The collections he's produced, Colorism, After Selma, and Come to Selfhood, have addressed various issues that affect some aspect of African-American culture, and has gained recognition with New York Times Lens Photography, International Photographers Award, Slate Magazine, and AfroPunk.

The artist talk will take place in the Event Room in the Memorial Building at the Woodruff Arts Center on August 11th, 2016. The artist talk will be broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube. For more information, follow JTR Presents on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

This event is sponsored by C4 Atlanta, an organization determined to help the creative community in Atlanta create and manage creative events, projects, and productions. Donating to this event benefits not only the artist, but you as well. You donation to this event is tax-deductible and the money donated helps cover the expenses of the event and pays the artist. "

ACP Portfolio Reviewer – Tracey Woods


Registration for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review on October 8th & 9th is open!

We're fired-up about our list of reviewers this year, and wanted to share with you bios of a few of the reviewers (and their photos, of course). Here's Tracey Woods!

Register for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review today!

Tracey Woods is the Photo Editor at ESSENCE Magazine, the premiere lifestyle, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women. With over a decade of experience in the photo industry, Tracey has produced and directed compelling portraiture, fashion, beauty and reportage photography. Prior to ESSENCE, she was a freelance photo editor and producer working with editorial clients, photographers and their agents. Brands she worked with include: Ladies Home Journal, Billboard Magazine, Wiley Publishing and Bon Appétit. Tracey received her MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and a BA in Studio Art from Rhode Island College.

With an eye for photography and visual storytelling, Tracey has also conducted portfolio reviews for Palm Spring Photo Festival, NY Fotoworks, ASMP and APA. She is most interested in seeing a range of editorial photography including, portraiture, fashion, beauty and photojournalism, but is open to seeing any work demonstrating a thoughtful approach.

ACP Portfolio Reviewer – Shane Lavalette


Registration for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review on October 8th & 9th is open!

We're fired-up about our list of reviewers this year, and wanted to share with you bios of a few of the reviewers (and their photos, of course). Here's Shane Lavalette!

Register for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review today!

Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Musée de l’Elysée, in addition to being held in private and public collections. His editorial work has been published in various magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Esquire, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, The Wire, and Wallpaper, among others. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.

Lavalette is interested in viewing developed, cohesive photographic projects as well as photobook mock-ups and sequences. He can offer editorial guidance and feedback, as well as advice on applications for publication, exhibition, or residency programs. Before meeting with Lavalette, please familiarize yourself with his work, publishing projects, and the programs at Light Work.

Updates from Two ACP Board Members; Billy Howard & Jerry Atnip

We're always proud of our board members, especially when they make news; and we have two quick updates from this week. Billy Howard's photo project "Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS" is currently on view for researchers at Emory's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, with an exhibition scheduled for 2017. (To make arrangements to view the collection, call 404-727-6887).

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“I was bowled over the first time I saw Billy’s photographs. They were so powerful,” says Randy Gue, curator of the Rose Library’s modern political and historical collections. “The combination of words and images put a face and story to an epidemic that is often described with statistics.”

Howard was the director of photographic services at Emory University during the time he worked on the project, and he says the support and encouragement he received, from then-Emory President James Laney to his direct supervisor and co-workers, was invaluable to the completion of the work.

“When I heard that Randy Gue was gathering materials to document Atlanta’s response to AIDS in the early years of the pandemic, I felt it was the perfect place,” Howard says. “It’s like they are going home.”"
And Jerry Atnip has been curating for Lenscratch this week, featuring the work of fellow Tennesseans; Jack Spencer, Rachel Boillot, Mike Smith, and Polly Chandler. Plus, there's an interview with Jerry about his project in which he's walking across the state of Tennessee. Bravo!

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APG Call For Entry: Arnika Dawkins Selects & Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Award

"Atlanta Photography Group will begin taking submissions for Arnika Dawkins Selects July 5 – August 21. The show will be featured in Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s Festival Guide and APG will offer two $500 awards and entry into the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia’s permanent collection.

Juror Arnika Dawkins is the owner of her eponymous fine art photography gallery established in Atlanta in 2011. The gallerist shows work by talented emerging and mid-career artists with a specialization in showing fine art photography by African Americans and images of African Americans. Active in the Atlanta arts community, she is fine art photographer and avid collector. She obtained Master of Arts in Digital Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

There is no theme for this exhibition. You can submit anywhere from 2-8 images. You must be a member of APG to enter. Deadline for entries is August 21. Show runs Oct 7 – Nov 1."

Unconventional Political Convention Photography

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.

ACP Portfolio Reviewer – Sybylla Smith


Registration for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review on October 8th & 9th is open!

We're fired-up about our list of reviewers this year, and wanted to share with you bios of a few of the reviewers (and their photos, of course). Here's Sybylla Smith!

Register for the ACP 2016 Portfolio Review today!

"Sybylla Smith is a curator, educator and consultant with over 25 years of experience in the photographic arts. She has curated 20 plus solo and group exhibitions featuring the work of over 70 international photographers at a satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography, VII Photo Gallery, Photoville and the Center for Digital Arts.

Her diverse resume refects her background as a stylist, art and creative director for international advertising campaigns and fashion editorials. She has created university curriculum called Concept Aware which focuses on the dynamic elements within the creative process that develop an idea into a concept and an image into a style, a project or a body of work. As an adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor Smith has worked at Emmanuel College, Hofstra University, SFMA/Boston, SVA/NYC, Harvard University and Wellesley College. A LensCulture Insider, Smith reviews 40 plus international photographers online each month.

Smith is interested in seeing a wide variety of work across all photographic genres including fine art, conceptual, documentary, fashion, and editorial - from emerging and established photographers. Editing, sequencing and contextualizing the work are the focus of feedback in reviews. Eager to suggest other photographers to explore/research, pertinent awards and/or galleries to pursue when appropriate."

Larry Towell is on the move

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.


Atlanta-based Photographer Joeff Davis in Cleveland for RNC2016

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You might appreciate Joeff Davis' unfolding look at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

"July 19, 2016 - Cleveland, Ohio: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (center) announces the vote totals for the Wisconsin delegation during the the roll call at the Republican National Convention."

What Makes a Photo Iconic?

By starting #PhotosWeLove, we were hoping to create a conversation about photographs that went beyond hearts, likes and faves. Last weekend, I saw a photograph from a protest in Baton Rouge that I instantly loved, and wanted to share why, exactly.


Some have called Jonathan Bachman's photograph of Ieshia Evans, an instant classic, others have called it iconic. In response to the #PhotosWeLove piece I wrote about Bachman's photo, I was invited to talk with Allen Murabayashi about "What Makes a Photo Iconic?" on the Photoshelter podcast. You can watch the livestream, listen on SoundCloud, or download directly.

#PhotosWeLove is a crowd-sourced initiative from ACP that thrives on your participation. Post your own piece on Medium and let us know!



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