"Don’t miss this special evening inspired by the High’s exhibition “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography. Dr. Doris Derby and Sheila Pree Bright will discuss how they have documented their experiences with the civil rights movement through photography. Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will moderate the conversation.
Dr. Doris Derby is an activist, documentary photographer, and professor of anthropology at Georgia State University. She was a working member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, and founding director of the Office of African-American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University.
Sheila Pree Bright is an award-winning Atlanta-based photographer whose series include Plastic Bodies, Suburbia, Young Americans, and 1960Who.
Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College, is dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and former Associate Provost for the Arts at New York University. She served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs from 1987 through 1991."
Ritual and Ruin: Tableaux of a Lost War photographs by David Knox
June 14th- July 17th, 2017
Wednesday, June 14th, 5-7:30p
Artist Talk and Lecture
Wednesday, June 14th, 12:00-1:15p
"The ghosts of past centuries find undisturbed refuge in the American South from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains down to the fertile flatlands of the Gulf Coast. For New Orleans-based photographer David Knox, the past resides in the present in many forms - land, crops, architecture, and people. In his most recent body of work, he combines historical images from the American Civil War with his own photographs to create photomontages depicting an imagined, surreal world set somewhere in the mid-19th century South. These “tableaux” weave together the disparate lives of Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War, freedmen and slaves, civilians and clergy. Characters in his fabled scenes and the symbols around them offer fictional narratives that represent and explore hardship, loss, survival, gender, race, class, reli- gion, death, and resurrection. The large-scale images on display (informed by nineteenthcentury printing processes including stereograph, tintype and wet plate collodion) explore the visual possibilities of a region that remains, in part, unwontedly bound to yesterday; where the present is as peculiar and as haunted as its past.
For more than two decades photographer David Knox has lived in the Southeast and documented the region's landscapes and people. His work combines 19th, 20th, and 21st century photographic processes in single image and collage. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. He is a photography teacher and lecturer, and holds a MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute."
"Alan Rothschild, juror for Where Are We, is the founder and president of The Do Good Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South by well-known and emerging photographers working in the region."