Bill Yates’ #sweetheartrollerskatingrink from Fall Line Press on Kickstarter

It's great to see good people in the Atlanta photo community come together for a project, and that's what's happened with our building-mates Fall Line Press and Bill Yates' project "Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink."

The book project has a kickstarter, and they're looking to raise $40k before May 5th. Help them meet their goal!

"Bill Yates, an outstanding photographer, recently unearthed a collection of 800 vintage prints and film negatives he shot back in 1972. I can tell you that looking at them feels like stepping into a time machine. He had stumbled upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink outside of Tampa, FL when he was 25 years old, and spent almost every weekend there for 6 months with his medium format twin lens camera, documenting a moment in time that lots of folks remember... suburbia or small town America, roller rinks and hangouts where we’d escape, listen to music, have fun with friends, let loose, and grow up. It’s a visual time capsule that is truly a sight to behold. "

David Foster’s Nature Photography on view at Callaway Gardens through May 30th


Jim Alexander on GPB with Grant Blankenship

jim_alexander_900w© GRANT BLANKENSHIP / GPB

A great story from March 11th about Atlanta-based photographer Jim Alexander and his recent show in Macon. Big thanks to Grant Blankenship and GPB for making this happen.

"Men went to jail with the help of Alexander’s photography. That was just one example of how he has used his photography as activism. That practice encouraged curator Jeff Bruce of the Tubman Museum to mount the show."
(h/t Billy Howard!)

Georgia Photography Exhibition in its 25th Year! Reception at Pace Academy, Sunday, April 10th

"Pace Academy and Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) have once again collaborated to present the Georgia Photography Awards and Exhibition. The exhibit, now in its 25th year, will be on display from March 30 through April 13 in the Pace Academy Fine Arts Center and will include works by students from approximately 20 independent and public schools around Atlanta.

Well-known Atlanta-based photographer Kathryn Kolb will judge this year’s competition. Kolb’s editorial work is characterized by an artistic style with strong graphic elements. Her photographs have been widely published and have appeared in Smithsonian, Veranda, Rolling Stone, Nature Conservancy and Orion magazine, among others. Her most recent work explores abstract constructions that seem more akin to painting than photography. Symmetries of Nature, an exhibit of Kolb’s work, was displayed at Pace Academy in late 2015.

“Atlanta Celebrates Photography is proud to be affiliated with this extraordinary exhibition at Pace Academy,” said Amy Miller, Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. “Students from all over Georgia, in their continuous exploration of the expressive possibilities of photography, do not shyaway from experimentation or fresh ways of seeing the world. Their energy and spirit comes through in the work and makes for an impressive exhibition. We encourage photography enthusiasts of all ages to come see this surprising exhibition where they are sure to be inspired and creatively reinvigorated.”

Award winners will be announced at a reception in the Pace Academy Fine Arts Center on Sunday, April 10, from 5-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Five entries will receive first-place prizes. Second-place, third-place and honorable mention awards also will be presented."

Alyssa Coppelman on Meg Griffiths’ Cuba Photographs

One of the great benefits of the ACP Portfolio Review is how curators & editors connect with photographers in surprising and unexpected ways. If you attended the Portfolio Walk, you might recall seeing Meg Griffiths' work. What you might not have predicted is how her Cuba-based project, "Casa Particular" (which became the book Casa de fruta y pan published by Ain't Bad) would suddenly gain prominence, thanks to newfound diplomacy between Cuba and the United States.

Great to see Alyssa Coppelman's write-up on Meg Griffiths' project, and fun to see a connection made at the ACP Portfolio Review bounce its way across the photo-interweb!
meg_griffiths_cubaCasa de fruta y pan - Meg Griffiths

PhotoViz, a new book from Nicholas Felton

Just learned about the upcoming release of designer Nicholas Felton's latest project, a book called PhotoViz, which sits squarely at the intersection of Photography & Data Visualization.

You might be aware of Felton's design work, like the Facebook timeline, or the Annual Report he releases every year about his own life. His reports are both brilliant & confounding, and it's exciting to see he's merged his appetite for design with the explosion of interest in photography.

Here's a GIF preview:

You might recognize photographer Mike Kelley's project on the cover:
mike_kelly© Mike Kelley

Or Boris Pophristov's pinhole solargraphs:
20160323_pophristov© Boris Pophristov
It's possible to make out a few other familiar projects in the preview. I recognize Pelle Cass' work in there. And it's hard to imagine a Larson/Shindelman's project didn't make the cut, especially their "Geolocation: Atlanta", an ACP Public Art project from 2012.

Here's a video worth watching of Nicholas Felton talking about the project (and more) last year in New Zealand:
It's also intriguing to see time-lapse-esque techniques appearing that Stephen Lawson has been exploring for decades, even before they could be done digitally. (Whoa, right?)

Last thing: I've definitely never seen light painting from a kayak paddle before (from Stephen Orlando).


Lucinda Bunnen exhibition at Arts Clayton Gallery

Lucinda Bunnen's "Abstractions from Around the World" will open on April 1st (5:30-7:30pm) and will be open through May 26th. Lucinda will be giving an artist's talk on Saturday, April 9th, at 10:30am.

Arts Clayton Gallery
136 South Main St.
Jonesboro, GA 30236


Walker Evans Exhibition at the High Museum in June

Great to see the Philip Gefter piece on Walker Evans last week in the New York Times, and big congratulations to our friends at The High Museum of Art for the forthcoming show in June, "Depth of Field". The exhibition at the High will be the only opportunity to see the show, stateside.


We took a look at the photo above ("Houses and Billboards in Atlanta, 1936." - Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in 2014 to see if we could ascertain the location. Answer, inconclusive!

"One Evans photograph, 'Houses and Billboards in Atlanta, 1936,' shows two identical wood-frame houses standing side by side behind a fence on which movie posters are lined up (like a news crawl in today’s television lingo); they advertise Anne Shirley in 'Chatterbox' and Carole Lombard in 'Love Before Breakfast.' The picture is a microcosm of the period in Atlanta — and in America — in 1936, one that puts the city today, with its gleaming towers, superhighways and electronic road signs, in dizzying relief."

Instagram: Branding and Sales Tool for Artists, March 28th at Mammal Gallery w/ C4

Join Jeremiah Cowan, Brandon Barr and Jessica Durrant for an Instagram panel discussion on March 28th at 10:30am at Mammal Gallery.

Date: March 28, 2016
Time: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Location: Mammal Gallery, 91 Broad Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Free, but you must RSVP here.

Panelists Include:
Jeremiah Cowan, freelance photographer - 58,000+ followers Brandon Barr, photographer, writer, Co-Founder, #weloveATL - 60,000+ followers Jessica Durrant, illustrator, visual artist - 65,000+ followers

A discussion of the technologies and techniques available for marketing and selling artwork using Instagram as a tool. Our panelists combined have over 188,000+ followers and have successfully built their creative businesses utilizing the Instagram platform. Come learn their best practices as they share how they utilize the platform to build revenue, relationships and their artistic brand.

Clients and featured publications of our panelists include: Kérastase, Lancôme Paris, Marionnaud, REVLON UK, Gap, Frye Boot Company,One Kings Lane, Rue La La, Gilt, Z Gallerie, ELLE Australia, BBC 1’s DYI SOS,,, Marie, Westfield Malls, Country Living Magazine, Rue Magazine, Livingetc Magazine, Matchbook Magazine, 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty New Zealand,The Little Green Notebook, ELLE Brazil, The Glamourai, IN London magazine and many others.

“90 Miles and Worlds Apart” – Three Photographs from Havana

Today's photograph of Air Force One flying over Cuban airspace on its approach to Havana has been receiving a lot of attention. It was made by an unnamed Reuters stringer, and it's been fascinating to see it posted, often referred to as "an amazing photo".

Regardless of your politics, the photo contains all the required elements of what it means to depict the President of the United States visiting Cuba for the first time in 90 years; streets filled with vintage cars, an eminently photographable neighborhood, Cubans stopping to gaze up as Air Force One descends from the sky.
There's a companion image that's also available, and it's quite possibly the next frame the photographer made. It tells a slightly different, perhaps less impactful story.


Short of tracking down the photographer (or their editor) there's no way of knowing if either of these two photos are cropped (they most likely are - the aspect ratio is a tell) but it's interesting how you can prove they're made from the exact same spot, as the photographer tracks Air Force One from right to left.

It's possible to draw lines of perspective from mid-ground objects to background objects to ascertain that the photographer hasn't moved, but has pivoted with the plane. If two photographers (standing five feet apart) made the photos, the objects wouldn't align with such surety.

If there’s a lessening in the power of this second photo, we can blame the contemporary car driving toward us on the left. A Subaru? Compared to the top shot and its vintage-only automobiles, the white car dilutes what we've come to expect from "a quintessential Cuban photograph". Air quotes, mine.

There's a third photo, by Rolando Pujol for EPA, which photographs the same flight plan, but from a different street.


Pujol's photo has even more context; crowds of people in the foreground, cell-phones aloft, and a pedestrian trio in the lower-left corner, walking away from the hubub, with two turning around to catch a glimpse.

But it misses the secret sauce of what the Reuter’s photographer was able to capture. The Reuter's photographer went out and made the picture the story required. You can almost hear the assignment; "we need the plane descending, over a neighborhood, with everyone looking-up, and be sure you have old cars in there."

It’ll be interesting to discover (in coming days) if the photographer’s name will be released.


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