SlowExposures Salutes our Photographers
SlowExposures salutes two of our favorite photographers for their recognition in April editions of LENSCRATCH.
Jack Spencer (Juror, SlowExposures 2010) was recognized for his new book, This Land, a 13-year project that took him on an eighty thousand-mile journey throughout the USA. He traveled from the flattest of plains to the highest of peaks; during the journey, Jack documented the landscape and traditions that he observed. Many of his images are timeless. You can read more about his project in the April 12 edition of LENSCRATCH.
Jared Ragland (SlowExposures 2013, Honorable Mention; 2014; 2016, Second Place) received an All About Photo Merit Award for “Michael in the Pool,” the same image for which he placed second in last year’s SlowExposures. The All About Photo awards celebrate the power of a single image to draw the attention of the viewer and to ignite curiosity about the story that the photo represents. You can find all of the winners of the All About Photo awards in the April 8 edition of LENSCRATCH.
“What is a Southern image?” That is the question that we at SlowExposures have continuously asked ourselves and attempted to answer for going on 15 years. Slow Salutes photographer and essayist Johnathon Kelso (Slow Exposures 2016, Honorable Mention) for his compilation, “As God Is My Witness,” in the April 4th edition of The Bitter Southerner newsletter. Johnathon holds a mirror up to himself and to the messages that many iconic Southern images represent, exploring the shadows that they have cast for generations, in his search for “truth and beauty I can abide with.” The results are disturbing, compassionate, and provocative.
SlowExposures salutes Arkansas native Lisa McCord (Slow Exposures 2016) on her portrait series entitled “Rotan Switch”, which is written up in the April issue of Black + White Magazine UK. During the 1980s, Lisa traveled back to her family’s cotton farmland and photographed members of her extended family. During the process, she was able to become reacquainted with her kinfolk through the stories the residents shared with her. Now, decades later, she continues to weave her family’s photographic tapestry by illustrating her handwritten stories of her mother and grandmother with photographs of them that she has discovered.
SlowExposures salutes Myrtie Cope (SlowExposures 2010, 2014) for two upcoming shows: “Pixels and Patchwork – Documenting a Southern Tradition” and “Second Act – Photographing Historic Theatres”. “Pixels and Patchwork” will hang at A Novel Experience Bookstore in Zebulon, GA from April 3 through April 29. The opening reception will be Saturday, April 8 from 4 – 6 p.m. at A Novel Experience, 426 Zebulon Street, Zebulon. Myrtie will be exhibiting quilts made by Marshall Dewell and quilts she has made herself, as well as photos of her quilts. She has some interesting stories to tell about this work. You will not want to miss the opening reception!
Myrtie’s exhibit “Second Act”, photographs of the Fox and Tivoli Theatres, opens May 11, and will hang in the Ted and Gloria Maloof Gallery at Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, showing concurrently with “Where Are We?” curated by Alan Rothschild. The APG Gallery, Tula Art Center, is located at 75 Bennett Street, NW, Gallery B-1. Hope to see you at the Opening Reception, Thursday May 11 from 6 – 9 pm. Myrtie, Congratulations and we wish you all the best on these two exhibits!
Congratulations to Preston Gannaway on her success AND on her very busy schedule! She is on the move, dashing “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” and further beyond! The Slow Exposures 2015 First Place winner, Preston tells us that eight of her images will now become part of The Do Good Fund, which makes photographs of the American South accessible to everyone. Preston’s photos comprising “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” which was the focus of her Paul Conlan memorial exhibition at Slow Exposures 2016, document the effects of gentrification on a community along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The work of the Do Good Fund shows up in unexpected, nontraditional places! You can also find it in regional museums and non-profit spaces.
Preston’s work is wide-ranging; lately, she has been engaged in a number of commissions, while cultivating projects of her own. Documenting rape and abuse in nursing homes; examining the power players and the role of women in the burgeoning legal marijuana business in California; transforming barren urban spaces into sustainable garden spaces; and chronicling queer youth in Florida are all examples of the range of her endeavors. We wish Preston all the best as she travels coast to coast!
SlowExposures salutes Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) on her solo show, “Ternion”, in Columbus, Georgia at the Rankin Photography Center. Dale will be exhibiting selections from three of her series of images. The opening reception is from 7 – 9 p.m, Saturday, April 1, 2017 and runs through Monday, April 17. Hope you’ll be able to make it! Best of luck to you, Dale, and Congratulations!
SlowExposures salutes the Atlanta School of Photography, now under the direction of photographer and instructor Sara Keith (SlowExposures instructor for Photography 101 and 102). Sara will continue the 20-year-legacy of Jan Fields and the Showcase School of Photography. We know from experience that Sara Keith is a gifted instructor. Visit the new website to see a list of classes and instructors. Classes begin March 6. Sara, we wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor. And a very special Thank You to Jan Fields who has contributed so generously to SlowExposures over the past 15 years. Jan, we wish you all the best in your future (hopefully, nearby) ventures!
SlowExposures congratulates Ben Helton (SlowExposures 2016, Honorable Mention) on the publication of his new book, The Brave Fight Back. Find out all about Ben’s new endeavor on his website. Best of luck to you, Ben!
A very special SlowExposures’ salute to Malgorzata Florkowska (SlowExposures 2006, 2007, 1st Place WCG, 2010),for her selection as one of the 2016 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Awards. Margorzata’s image, “Forgotten Luxury” will now be part of MOCA GA’s permanent collection. Selects 2016, curated by Arnika Dawkins, has been wildly successful and has received praise from many, including Annette Cone Skelton, who made the selections for the purchase awards. We are so proud of you and happy for you and wish you continued success! Congratulations from all of us at SlowExposures, Malgosia!
Congratulations to Ben Helton (SlowExposures 2016, Honorable Mention) for an exhibit of his work, “Messiah” at Brickworks Gallery, 686-A Greenwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA in the B. Mifflin Hood Brick Co. Building. If you missed Opening Night, Oct. 5, please join Ben for the Artist’s Talk at 11 am on Saturday, Oct. 22. SlowExposures salutes you, Ben Helton, and is looking forward to seeing more of your work!
SlowExposures salutes Mary Anne Mitchell (SlowExposures 2012) on her show “Meet Me In My Dreams”. ” This exhibition, part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, is based on a poem written by the artist and is made up of wet plate collodion images that speak to family, memory, and the ethereal passage of time.” Location and times may be found on the City of Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs Website, and a review of the exhibit in The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Congratulations, Mary Ann, on this exciting endeavor!
Congratulations to Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016) for having two images selected to show in “Edge to Edge” at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta. The show was curated by Chip Simone and is the “first ever state-wide survey of contemporary Georgia photography.” The show runs through December 3. Dales image, “Mama Al’s Painting” was purchased by the museum for their permanent collection. Wonderful news, Dale! SlowExposures salutes you!
SlowExosures salutes Betty Press (SlowExposures 2014, 2015, 2016) as a winner of the series award for Cityscapes and Street Photography for the 9th Annual Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Shown is one of the photographs from the series called “Young Rising: Changing the African Urban Landscape”. In this series, Betty highlights innovative young entrepreneurs who try to make their businesses more attractive to their clients. Betty continues, “Found everywhere, “pop art” is used to liven up a shabby but vibrant street environment in African cities.” Congratulations, Betty, on having your work recognized! We look forward to seeing Betty at SlowExposures this year where, not only does she have a PopUp show, juried by John Bennette, but also has an image in our main show. Looking forward to seeing you in Pike County, Betty!
SlowExposures salutes Susan Perry (SlowExposures 2011, 2013). Susan’s image “Misty Morning Doe” is featured on the 2015 Georgia Wildlife Federation’s annual magazine (published late 2015). Susan’s image “Veil of Innocence-Psalms 91:4” was selected in the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards Top 100 . In a more local photographic competition, she won “Best in Show-Amateur” at the 2016 Eatonton Plaza Arts Center Photography Show. Beautiful images, Susan! Congratulations!
Fine art photographer and naturalist Kathryn Kolb (SlowExposures 2011, Honorable Mention) illustrates the special nature of Atlanta’s old growth and original forests in a series of photographs at Atlanta City Hall June 27-30. Photographs range from artful narratives to more abstract images of giant trees, forest landscapes and native wildflowers. “In recognizing the value and beauty of these rare remnants of Atlanta’s original forest, we can better prioritize how to protect and restore these irreplaceable assets for future generations.” The exhibit is made possible in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Atlanta’s Tree Conservation Commission. There will be an opening reception Tuesday, June 28 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the City Hall Atrium, 55 Trinity, Ave., Atlanta 30303. Kathryn Kolb, SlowExposures salutes you!
SlowExposures salutes Donna Rosser, (SlowExposures 2008, 2010-2015; Honorable Mention 2010 & 2013, Second Place 2012). Rosser’s image, Family Tree (second place in 2012) is featured in the new book, Family Photography Now. Rosser is also busy early this June as one of forty artists creating works at Zoo Atlanta during their Art Gone Wild event. We hope you enjoy your time at the zoo! Congratulations, Donna!
SlowExposures salutes Benjamin Dimmitt (SlowExposures 2014 Honorable Mention, 2015) for Aline Smithson’s article in Lenscratch yesterday (May 31, 2016). Congratulations, Benjamin, and thank you for your good work in informing us of the effects of saltwater intrusion into the coastal waterways in Florida. The Lenscratch article makes mention of an exhibition of Benjamin’s work at the Clayton Galleries in Tampa, Florida, entitled “An Unflinching Look: Chassahowitzka Saltwater Intrusion”. The exhibition runs through June 11, 2016. Congratulations, Benjamin! We continue to look forward to your photography and message and hope to see you at SlowExposures 2016!
MJ Sharp (SlowExposures 2008, Honorable Mention) ) will be the Artist in Residence at the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC, during the month of July. She is planning on spending this dedicated time and space to work with her archive of 30 years’ worth of photographing family. The Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University will serve as the location for three residencies over each of the summer months. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity, MJ! Congratulations! SlowExposures salutes you!
Congratulations to McNair Evans (SlowExposures 2012 1st Place, 2013 1st Place) on being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of Creative Arts. “On April 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 175 Guggenheim Fellowships (including three joint Fellowships) to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-second competition.”
There is also a current exhibit of McNair’s work at the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries at San Francisco’s City Hall. The Exhibition title is “In Search of Great Men by McNair Evans” and runs from April 15 through November 18, 2016. From the Gallery information: “For over three years, artist McNair Evans has embarked on biannual two-week long Amtrak trips during which he meets and photographs fellow passengers, compiles passenger-written journals and documents the landscape. In this debut exhibition of in Search of Great Men, Evans presents a unique and empathetic view into a once-vital transportation system that slows the pace of contemporary life and connects passengers to a truly American experience.” We’ve seen some of this work on display here in Pike County, Georgia at SlowExposures. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one! SlowExposures salutes McNair Evans!
SlowExposures salutes Malgorzata Florkowska (SlowExposures 2006, 2007, 1st Place WCG, 2010), on an exhibition of her work at A Novel Experience in Zebulon, GA, running through the month of May. “As Seen By Malgorzata Florkowska” is a retrospective exhibit of her work photographed in the last ten years. Some images in her portfolio have been on display in other galleries. However, for the show at A Novel Experience, she has added some of her newer work that will be shown for the first time. The images come from her visits to Poland, France, Italy, Malta and Thailand. People, places, and objects she has encountered while living in Griffin, GA are also included in the exhibit. Please join Malgosia, as she is affectionately known, for her opening reception at A Novel Experience, 426 Thomaston Street, Zebulon, GA, 30295, Saturday, May 7, from 7 – 9 pm. Congratulations, Malgosia, we’ll see you at the reception!
SlowExposures salutes Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, and 2015) for her show, “What Lies Within, Photography of Andrea Noel’s Multiple Collections”. “What Lies Within” will be on display at Dogwood Gallery and Framer, 1175 Senoia Road North, Suite N, Tyrone, GA, with an Opening Reception from 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday, April 30. Dale’s extraordinary perspective and Andrea’s eclectic collections will provide opportunity for much reflection and conversation. Congratulations, Dale! We continue to look forward to your future endeavors!
UPDATE: Dale has been awarded an Honorable Mention for this series “What Lies Within – Photography of Andrea Noel’s Multiple Collections” in the category Photojournalism/Story by the International Photographer of the Year Photo Contest (IPOTY 2015)!! Read the backstory that goes along with the fantastic images here.
The Office of the Governor in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts has selected two photographs taken by Joey Potter (SlowExposures 2012, 2015) to be a part of the Art of Georgia II exhibition, which will hang in the executive offices of the Georgia State Capitol. The exhibition explores the theme of Georgia’s natural and cultural heritage, its landscapes and its people and showcases current work of contemporary Georgia visual artists from across the state. The exhibition was juried by members of the Georgia Council of the Arts with Governor Deal and Mrs Deal making the final selections for the exhibit. On April 6, 2016, Joey presented his work at the opening reception for the exhibition at the Georgia capitol with Governor and Mrs Deal. SlowExposures salutes you, Joey!
Robert Herman’s photobook, The Phone Book has been named as one of the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalists. The Phone Book images were taken while Herman was traveling internationally during the years 2010 to 2015 and with only an iPhone and the Hipstamatic app. Both Lenscratch and lensculture have featured articles on Herman’s book. Robert Herman is a New York City Street Photographer and was the first place winner in SlowExposures’ inaugural exhibition in 2003, for his image “The Grillmeister”. We at SlowExposures salute you, Robert!
The March 10 issue of Lenscratch features the photobook, Useful Work: Photography of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, photography by Ken Abbott (SlowExposures 2014) along with essays by Rob Neufield. This book will be presented at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in Durham, NC, beginning on June 2, 2016 and at The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC from February 3 – May 7, 2017. The photography is simply beautiful! Congratulations, Ken. SlowExposures salutes you!
Interesting read from The Bitter Southerner and Chuck Reece: “Dangerous Waters” featuring photographer and educator Micah Cash and his study of the many and varied effects that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has had in the lives of Southerners. Stunning photography, Micah, and surprising insights! SlowExposures salutes Micah Cash for his comprehensive and extensive examination of an overlooked constant in the lives of many Southerners!
Congratulations to Preston Gannaway for Aline Smithson’s article in Lenscratch, featuring Preston’s series “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”. Preston Gannaway was SlowExposure’s 2015 First Place and Paul Conlan Prize winner for her image, “Snow Storm”, from this series. “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” examines the “gentrification” of a seaside community along the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and its effects on the residents. The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virgina will host an Artist Talk and Book Signing on Saturday February 20, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in which Preston will discuss the journalistic process leading to her documentary and book. SlowExposures salutes you, Preston Gannaway!
photos above by Ellen Tew, unless otherwise credited