Preview: Atlanta Celebrates Photography casts a wide net in talks and exhibits

Lynsey Addario.: Burned Village, Hangala, Darfur BURNED VILLAGE. HANGALA, NORTH DARFUR
© Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario.: Burned Village, Hangala, Darfur BURNED VILLAGE. HANGALA, NORTH DARFUR © Lynsey Addario
 Lynsey Addario.: Burned Village, Hangala, Darfur BURNED VILLAGE. HANGALA, NORTH DARFUR © Lynsey Addario
Lynsey Addario: Burned Village, Hangala, North Darfur © Lynsey Addario

Atlanta Celebrates Photography is about to launch its annual series of events, which should keep photo lovers busy for most of October and beyond.

Now in its 17th year, the festival remains true to its name, a celebration of the medium, with a happy mix of nationally known speakers and 80 exhibits scattered around town in venues ranging from museums to sandwich shops.

Here are some highlights:

The Fence

The large-scale outdoor public art project that was a hit last year is back. Printed on a 700-foot-long mesh banner, the mural showcases the curated work of 40+ photographers. The Fence is a sister initiative to the Brooklyn-based Photoville festival.

 Lynsey Addario and other women photographers

ACP has never conceived its festival around a theme, always making a point of embracing diversity. This year is no different, though women photographers have found prime spots in the listings.

Lynsey Addario is a preeminent American photojournalist whose work often focuses on human rights abuses and the role of women in traditional societies. The MacArthur Fellow has covered all major conflict zones — Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Syria and Lebanon. She recently released an autobiography, “It’s What I Do,” which will be the subject of a movie directed by Steven Spielberg starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Her lecture will take place on October 26 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a first-time partner with ACP, in concert with Fernbank’s exhibit, Women of Vision, National Geographic Photographers on Assignment

As part of ACP’s collaboration with Pace Academy, Atlanta nature photographer Kathryn Kolb will present her observations on composition and dynamic symmetry, based on her own work and that of other photographers. Kolb will talk about her structural approach to photography and how our perception of a picture is shaped by the conflicting action of our right- and left-brain hemispheres. 

 Kathryn Kolb,: Stone Mountain Sumac © Kathryn Kolb
Kathryn Kolb: Stone Mountain Sumac ©Kathryn Kolb

Arnika Dawkins, art curator and gallerist, has joined forces with the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art to present a panel discussion on issues of race on October 17. Panelists include a mix of photographers, artists and political activists: Sheila Pree Bright, Albert Chong, Allen Cooley and Renee Cox. On Being Black, opening October 16 at Arnika Dawkins Gallery, will feature 23 mid-career and emerging fine art photographers. 

Ted and Gloria Maloof

Longtime Atlanta artists Gloria and Ted Maloof will each exhibit a portfolio of prints (62 in all), a year in the making, at APG Gallery. On loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the exhibit, curated by Polly Barr and Chip Simone, is very brief; you can see the work at the reception on October 9, 7:30 -9:30, and noon-4 p.m.Oct 10.

 My Atlanta at Ponce City Market

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After many years at the Piedmont Park, My Atlanta is moving to Ponce City Market, a new venue and sponsor for the ACP festival. Photographers of all levels and ages are invited to hang one of their favorite shots. My Atlanta is one of the festival’s oldest events and one of its cornerstones; it epitomizes its deep-rooted democratic, grass-roots spirit. Photographs must be hung on Saturday, September 26. 

ACP Public Art: Art on Track

Inspired by the successful art experiment Art on Track in Chicago, ACP asked Jennifer Schwartz to curate a project on MARTA. For one day only (Sunday, October 18), two Atlanta-based artists, Laura Noel and Kelly Kristin Jones, will turn a pair of adjoining MARTA cars, (a total of 75 feet of space) into an art experience. To help riders find the right “married pair,” a schedule for stops will be supplied on social media the day of the event. Riders will still have to spend the $2.50 fare pass to enjoy the, um, moving show.

ACP film series

As part of its film series, ACP will present a double feature of documentaries about photographers of the South at SCADshow. “Picture Man” profiles the late Oraien Catledge, who photographed the life and residents of Cabbagetown for 20 years. “Disfarmer” focuses on Mike Disfarmer, a self-taught, eccentric photographer who had a portrait studio in rural Arkansas.

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