John Sumner has been an active APG member and exhibiting photographer for many years. In early 2016, he suffered a stroke and has been working hard to recover. Friend and fellow photographer Chip Simone recently spoke with him, and we now have information for our members who would like to visit and otherwise support him. John is at the Bud Terrace Community at Emory's Wesley Woods facility on 1817 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta. He is in Room 514 and visitation hours are after 12:30pm. You can call him at 404-728-4965, and the number for the nurses' station is 404-728-6494. We're sure John would love to hear from his fellow friends and artists. There is also a GoFundMe set up to help with rehabilitation costs.
"Bahouth has set out to create a spontaneous community to view his documentation of the community in which he lives and works. It is this innovation that distinguishes these portrait photos from the ones in the group show that fill the walls of the gallery around Bahouth’s installation. The “power of friendship” described by Bahouth in the wall text is still basically the personal relationship between the photographer and his individual subjects, but the implication is that the invisible network they form could transmute as quickly as the spontaneous interactions of friends or strangers that this viewing format might generate." Read more
Reminder: Bahouth's artist talk is this Saturday, April 21, at 11am.
Currently showing in the Maloof Gallery at APG is Peter Bahouth's Recognition, a site-specific installation featuring a new body of work. Recognition explores the power of friendship and personal relationships to transcend the common transactions of daily life and our increasing social polarization. APG's Erin Fender spoke with Bahouth about his inspiration, influences, and evoking emotion through technology.Read More
The Gallery will be rented out this May to MFA Thesis exhibitions, so we are pleased to announce a new, off-site APG exhibition curated by intern Nick Ashton. Growing Up Human will run from April 28 - July 25 at Gallery Walk at Terminus, an exhibition space located in the lobby of the 200 Terminus building in Buckhead. Focusing on portraiture, Ashton's inspiration for the show comes from time spent researching the APG image database. "I was drawn to images about the experience of growing up as a boy and then branching out to images of couples and other aspects of childhood and girlhood. The stories in these photos form the basis for the universally shared experiences of childhood and love." The exhibition is free and open to the public, with plenty of parking available in the Terminus parking deck.
Thanks to all that made it out to I Am A Man: Civil Rights Photography in the Post Civil-Rights Era, featuring the work of Joshua Rashaad McFadden, and a panel discussion with Ralph B. Watkins (Senior Pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church), and Gregory Harris (Assistant Curator of Photography at the High Musuem).
Photos by Richard Skoonberg
Erin L. Scott was born and raised in Atlanta with her twin sister. After graduating high school, she moved to Baltimore to study photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is currently back living in Atlanta with her husband and working at APG (Hi, Erin!) as Program Manager. Scott was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
Kasey Medlin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. "An amazing place to grow up." She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and afterward moved to Atlanta with her partner. Her work focuses on the "unreliable nature of memories, our ability to rewrite our past, and the implications that has for our future." Medlin was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
The criteria for entries to our upcoming exhibition Know South / No South have changed. In the original call, any work previously shown at APG was ineligible. Many artists voiced their disappointment, feeling it limited what they could present to juror Richard McCabe for consideration. The artists are right. Juried shows are a great way to get your work in front of people who make a difference in an artist’s career – people we want to share our work with. We know some pieces that are key to a series or body of work and may have been shown as a single. Such a restriction defeats the purpose of shows whose goal is to present a series. APG’s mission is to support our artists and to show the best work possible, and so we have removed that restriction. If you have already submitted work through the website, you may swap out some of those images for others that you wanted to submit but the were unable to. APG will be emailing those artist with instructions on how to arrange that. If you haven’t submitted your work, yet, you still have until midnight April 11.
Please join APG and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for a special artist talk and panel discussion with Joshua Rashaad McFadden titled I Am A Man: Photography and Activism in the Post-Civil Rights Era. This event features photographer and activist McFadden, as he shares his projects After Selma and I AM A Man, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination, and revisiting the role of photography and visual culture in the civil rights movement. Directly following the talk there be a panel discussion featuring Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, and Ralph B. Watkins, Artist, Author, and Pastor at Wheat Street Baptist Church.
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Cherie E. Truesdell grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but moved north after school for her first job. "I didn't even last a year. I came right back to the South and landed just outside of Atlanta. I'm definitely a southern girl at heart. Nowadays, I live in Marietta with my husband, dog, and cat." And she still draws on her roots for inspiration. "I was fortunate to grow up in Baton Rouge. Living in Louisiana gives you a real larger than life kind of feeling." In her work, Truesdell strives to portray "the emotional and metaphysical nature of man, using symbols, color and narrative." Truesdell was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.
Dale Niles was born in Norfolk, Virginia, raised in small North Carolina towns, and currently lives in Fayette County, Grorgia. "My dad was a civil engineer who specialized in bridge construction so we always lived near the shore, Virginia Beach, Baltimore, and Manteo, North Carolina." In her photography, Niles looks to "create a legacy of all the sacred and beautiful things that I am privileged to experience in my time here." Work from her series Solidifying Roots was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.
APG is seeking photographic projects that provide new insight and a better understanding of the American South today. Know South / No South will look at the idea of Southern identity in the 21st century. Juror Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum, Of Southern Art will be selecting 6-9 pieces each from 4-8 artists to feature in this exhibition. All the artists selected for the exhibition will be eligible for the Know South / No South Purchase Award of $2500. The High Museum Curator of Photography reviews the exhibition and may select works from one artist for the Museum’s permanent collection. APG purchases the work and donates the pieces to The High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
"The romantics sought to outmaneuver the cynicism of the preceding century’s enlightenment philosophy by finding significance in emotional attachments to objects and environments, as well as in what they saw as the uncontaminated insightfulness of children. These are habits of mind that have carried into the present day without any direct influence from the work of the romantics, and some remarkable examples of this can be found in the work of four of the six photographers in the Atlanta Photography Group gallery’s Portfolio 2018 show juried by Sam Barzilay..." Read more
Michael W. Hicks was born and raised in Middletown, New Jersey, and grew up a few minutes from the beach. He did his undergrad at Rutgers University where he studied Political Science. "Since then I've lived in many places, including Philadelphia, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Maine, New York, Alaska, and Berlin." Hicks is currently living in Syracuse, NY, where he's finishing up his MFA in photography at Syracuse University. "It's great, but I have some moments where I miss the ocean." Hicks was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
APG is proud to announce an upcoming partnership and event with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s and reflect on the role of visual culture and photography in past, present, and future of civil rights history in America. This discussion will feature an artist talk by nationally acclaimed activist and photographer, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, and a panel discussion with Gregory Harris, Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art, and Pastor Ralph B. Watkins of Wheat Street Baptist Church. Event is planned for Tuesday, March 20. More details to come.
APG is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) to teach a photography class at their Whitehead Center. We are thrilled that Atlanta's own KEH Camera will be sponsoring the program. This week, KEH Camera Ambassador Mark Maio dropped off 12 digital cameras donated by KEH for the students to use.
Vanessa Filley was born and lived in New York City until she was twelve, at which time her family moved to Connecticut, where her parents still live. She went to college in Oberlin, OH and moved to San Francisco for the three years following graduation, then Atlanta for another four, and in 2006, moved to Chicago. "My husband and I thought we'd be in Chicago for three years and then move back East to be closer to family, but twelve years later we have grown roots and developed community that feels like family ... Being able to walk, bike, and take public transit most places I want to go is important to me as is access to an active and engaged arts and culture community. The Chicagoland area is ripe with both." In Filley's photography, peculiar children find sanctuary in books, in scenes somewhere between Grey Gardens and worlds of pure imagination. Filley was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.Read More
Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 31st annual PUSH-PiN party and exhibition. Thanks also to Sara Keith and Allison Jarek from Atlanta School of Photography (ASOP) for providing an amazing photo booth, under very tricky lighting conditions. And thanks to all our volunteers, our staff, our members and to everyone else.
Photos by Jessica Sgubin
This year, in addition to the People’s Choice Award, we invited three judges to choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place prize winners from our participating artists. The panel of judges comprised of Susan Bridges, owner of Whitespace Gallery, Amy Miller, Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), Bill Boling, Founder and owner of Fall Line Press. The winners received gift cards from vendors including, Atlanta School of Photography (ASOP), Hunt's Photo & Video, and Binder's Art Supply, as well as APG membership. Congrats to all of our winners...
Be sure to visit our PUSH-PiN exhibition and vote for your People’s Choice Award pick, to be announced at the closing of the exhibition.