SlowExposures Salutes our Photographers




Southern Trinity ©Johnathon Kelso

“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.




Cheryl with Silos, from the series Rotan Switch © Lisa McCord

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.





Pixels and Patchwork © Myrtie Cope

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!

Fox Theatre © Myrtie Cope

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!




Preston Gannaway © Lexey Swall/GRAIN

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.

Shriners, 2010, from the series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
© Preston Gannaway

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!




Ternion – postcard 2 © Dale Niles


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!







Sara Keith and Jan Fields in the field with Photo 101 © Ellen Tew

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!






The Brave Fight Back ©Ben Helton


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!







Forgotten Luxury © Malgorzata Florkowska

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!






Jumping for Joy ©Ben Helton

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!





Hidden Seeker © Mary Anne Mitchell

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!





Mama Al’s Painting © Dale Niles

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!




Top Class Barbing Shop and Cell Phone Charging
©Betty Press

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!



Veil of Innocence-Psalms 91-4 © Susan Perry

Veil of Innocence-Psalms 91-4
© Susan Perry

GWF-Misty Morning Doe© Susan Perry

GWF-Misty Morning Doe
© Susan Perry

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!





© Kathryn Kolb

© Kathryn Kolb

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!


Family Tree © Donna Rosser

Family Tree © Donna Rosser


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! 






Fallen Oak and Dead Trees, Bear Island©Benjamin Dimmitt

Fallen Oak and Dead Trees, Bear Island
©Benjamin Dimmitt

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! 






Left image by MJ Sharp

Left image by MJ Sharp

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!



Crescent Migration McNair Evans, San Francisco CA

Crescent Migration © McNair Evans
SlowExposures 2013 1st Place

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.” 

McNair Evans with winning photograph, "Crescent Migration", photo by Ellen Tew

McNair Evans with winning photograph, “Crescent Migration”, photo by Ellen Tew

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!


Malta, 2011 © Malgorzata Florkowska

Malta, 2011 © Malgorzata Florkowska

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!


Legs © Dale Niles

Legs © Dale Niles

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





Joey Potter with Governor and Mrs. Nathan Dealand with selected images

Joey Potter with Governor and Mrs. Nathan Deal
and with selected images

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!






The Phone Book Cover © Robert Herman

The Phone Book Cover
© Robert Herman

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! 






© Ken Abbott

© Ken Abbott

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!





Pickwick Landing, Downstream © Micah Cash (Third Place)

Pickwick Landing, Downstream © Micah Cash

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!


Micah Cash at SlowExposures 2015photo by Ellen Tew

Micah Cash at SlowExposures 2015
photo by Ellen Tew









Snow Storm, 2010, from the series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea>br />© Preston Gannaway (First Place: Paul Conlan Prize)

Snow Storm, 2010, from the series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
© Preston Gannaway

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!


Southern Constellation © Ann George

© Ann George

Ann George  (SlowExposures 2011, 2014)opened her exhibit:  “Flight Behavior; A Murder of Crows” Friday night Feb 5 and it was really something to crow about!  The show consisted of 31 images, representing her flight in photography, and introducing never-seen-before color works. In addition to work on the wall,  Ann’s life-sized install of telephone poles and crows on the wire added to the storytelling gracing the experience.   A must see! Open until the end of March.  SE Center For Photography, 1239 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC 29611.  Ann George, SlowExposures salutes you!





SlowExposures salutes Dale Niles (SlowExposures 2012, 2013, 2015)  for having her work selected for several upcoming shows:  

♥  Gathering at A. Smith Gallery in Johnson City, TX where “The Birds and “The Collection” will be exhibited.  The Juror is Jennifer Shaw and the exhibition dates are January 8 through February 14, 2016 with the reception January 30 from 4 to 7 pm.

♥  The image “Which Way” was selected for the exhibit Abstract at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, SC.

♥  Dales image, “The Hotel Room” was selected for the show Seities & Selves at DARKROOM Gallery in Essex Junction, VT, juried by Aline Smithson.  The exhibit opens January 7, 2016 with the Artists’ Reception January 31.


Congratulations, Dale!  SlowExposures salutes you!





Dale Niles with her image "Peeling Peaches"SlowExposures, 2015

Dale Niles with her image “Peeling Peaches”
SlowExposures, 2015

Our congratulations to photographers Joe Hoyle and Dale Niles, who, along with 24 other photographers from Greenville, SC to Korea, have had images selected for “Be Square”, a photo exhibit by The SE Center for Photography.  The juror for this exhibition is Christophe Dillinger, a photographer whose work is focused on experimental analogue techniques and is the editor of Square magazine, a publication dedicated to the square format. 

Joe Hoyle with his image, "Cotton Patch"SlowExposures 2015, People's Choice Award

Joe Hoyle with his image, “Cotton Patch”
SlowExposures 2015, People’s Choice Award

The opening reception was December 4, with the exhibition running through the month of December in the Village of West Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina’s textile mill village turned arts district. Joe and Dale, SlowExposures salutes you!



“Be Square” Images:

The Carrot © Dale Niles

The Carrot © Dale Niles

Big Fish © Joe Hoyle

Big Fish © Joe Hoyle












"Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color" Cover© Andrew Feiler

“Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color” Cover
© Andrew Feiler

SlowExposures salutes photographer Andrew Feiler for an exhibition of his work and publication of his book, “Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color”.   The book is published by UGA Press in conjunction with the Georgia Humanities Council.  Andrew Feiler was granted unique access to Atlanta’s Morris Brown College. The College, founded by African Americans in 1881, lost its accreditation in 2002.  Today its campus is largely abandoned. “Andrew’s documentary artistic photography portrays a proud past, a challenging present and an uncertain future not only for this one institution, but for all of America’s historically black colleges and universities.”  In association with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, an opening reception and book signing will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 – 8:30 at Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library & Galleries, 111 James P. Brawley Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30314.  To learn more about this project, please refer to an interview conducted by South X Southeast Photomagazine. Congratulations, Andrew!



Dogwood in Black and White© Donna Rosser

Dogwood in Black and White
© Donna Rosser

SlowExposures salutes photographer Donna Rosser for an exhibition of her work “Morning Walk”, including a sub-body of work “Where the Water Used To Be” at Columbus State University Rankin Arts Photography Center from October 2 – 31, 2015.   The Reception will be held Friday, October 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.  The series of images began as a morning walk with friends and later morphed into a training regimen for a half-marathon. What photographer could resist the urge to photograph the scenes that were presented!  When the water level in a neighborhood lake was lowered to allow for repairs to the dam, Donna was attracted by the sight of nature reclaiming the once-water-covered ground. The result of these morning walks is this lovely series of images.  This exhibit is not to be missed!  Congratulations, Donna!






Untitled (Angel of Grief) © Jared Ragland

Untitled (Angel of
Grief) © Jared Ragland

Congratulations to photographer Jared Ragland for an exhibition of his work, “Everything Is Going To Be All Right” at the Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, GA from September 16 – October 24.  A reception will be held October 9 from 6 – 9 p.m., 4 E. Lafayette Square, LaGrange, GA 30240.  Jared’s work is unique and compelling.  “By incorporating images from online archives, electronic photographic databases, and Google image searches Ragland challenges traditional notions of authorship and artist agency by borrowing images from the past and combining them with his own photographic production.”   The work “Everything Is Going To Be All Right” is based on the novel, “The Moviegoer” by Walker Percy.  This work will be incorporated into a monograph to be published next year by Communicating Vessels.  Jared Ragland, SlowExposures salutes you!




Morning Mist © Doug Eng

Morning Mist © Doug Eng

SlowExposures salutes photographer Douglas Eng who is the subject of today’s Lenscratch article, “Doug Eng: Streaming South” by Aline Smithson. Doug’s beautiful images and thoughtful reflections evoke a reverent affection for the nature that surrounds him in the waterways around Jacksonville, FL.  Currently, and through September 16, an exhibition of Doug’s work: “Streaming South: Illuminations from a journey home” is on display at the Florida State College at Jacksonville Wilson Art Center, South Campus.  Beginning on Sept. 17,  SlowExposures is proud to present “Streaming South” as one of our PopUp shows during next week’s “Four Slow Days”, September 17-20.  SlowExposures’ six PopUp Shows were juried by Richard McCabe, photography curator at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.   Congratulations Doug!  We are eagerly awaiting your stunning images!



Betty Press with her image "Bubble Gum"SlowExposures 2014

Betty Press with her image “Bubble Gum”
SlowExposures 2014

Congratulations to Betty Press, whose work has been selected for The Airport Show at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Airport Show was juried by Amy Miller, is in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s month-long festival, and runs from September 25 through November 18, 2015.  Betty was also recently interviewed by Rfotofolio. Read the interview to find out more about Betty’s very interesting and well-traveled life and find out where Betty’s future projects lie.  To learn more about Betty’s photography and to see additional examples of her work, go to last year’s Lenscratch article by Aline Smithson.   Betty Press, SlowExposures salutes you!





Eliot Dudik, John Bennette, Chase HagoodSouthern Identity Talk. showcasing "Broken Land"and "Still Lives"SlowExposures 2014

Eliot Dudik, John Bennette, Chase Hagood
Southern Identity Talk. showcasing “Broken Land”and “Still Lives”
SlowExposures 2014

SlowExposures salutes Eliot Dudik for the Smithsonian Magazine article, “A Photographic Requiem for America’s Civil War Battlefields” and for the Lenscratch State Projects article “Eliot Dudik: States Project: Virginia.  Eliot’s entire series, Road Ends in Water, was selected for Duke University’s first annual Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award.  Duke University will archive the entire print series for research by students, faculty, and independent researchers. We would need more space on this page to enumerate Eliot’s recent honors.    The Lenscratch article lists Eliot’s 8 upcoming 2016 shows and includes a remarkably interesting interview with Aline Smithson.  Eliot speaks with sincerity and passion for his craft.  It is no wonder that Eliot Dudik continues to amaze!  Congratulations, Eliot, to a wonderful friend of SlowExposures!






Bob, Behind His Apartment: 2014from the series "Smoke Break"© Laura Noel

Bob, Behind His Apartment: 2014
from the series “Smoke Break”
© Laura Noel

SlowExposures salutes Atlanta photographer Laura Noel on her selection as the 2014-15 recipient of the APG/High Museum of Art Purchase Award.  Atlanta Photography Group offers a purchase award to fund potential acquisition of photographs for the High Museum.  Brett Abbott, Keough Family Curator of Photography and Head of Collections of the High Museum, made the selection of Noel’s work from her project, “Smoke Break”.  “Smoke Break”  had been part of APG’s Portfolio 2014 exhibition juried by Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.

Atlanta Photography Group will hold a special celebration for Laura Noel with a reception on Tuesday, September 1st from 6 – 8 pm at the APG Gallery.  Brett Abbott will be on hand to speak briefly and present the Award.  Congratulations, Laura Noel! We look forward to seeing your images on display at the High Museum of Art.




Benjamin Dimmitt with his image "3 Sisters' Spring"SlowExposures 2014

Benjamin Dimmitt with his image “3 Sisters’ Spring”
SlowExposures 2014

Today’s Lenscratch journal/magazine (8/6/2015) features photographer Benjamin Dimmitt and his new project, “Primitive Florida”.  Dimmitt, a Florida native, who has since moved to North Carolina, lovingly photographs Florida’s wetlands and primitive, low-lying forests..  His images are beautiful and haunting as the knowledge that the survival of these primeval marshlands is in question.  Benjamin Dimmitt’s work caught the eye of Aline Smithson, of Lenscratch, when she juried SlowExposures during our 2014 show.  Benjamin received honorable mention for his image “3 Sisters Spring” during SlowExposures 2014 has two images in this year’s show  in Pike County, Georgia, September 17-20, 2015.  Read about Dimmitt’s project, “Primitive Florida” and see many of his gorgeous images on Lenscratch.  SlowExposures salutes you, Benjamin Dimmitt!




Okefenokee © Diane Kirkland 2015 Grand Prize National Wetlands Award

© Diane Kirkland2015 Grand Prize National Wetlands Award

SlowExposures salutes photographer Diane Kirkland for winning the 2015 National Wetlands Awards Grand Prize.  The Awards Ceremony was held at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 21.  The U.S. Ramsar Wetlands Photo Contest is sponsored by The Environmental Law Institute.  This year’s theme was “Wetlands for our Future”, with the stated goal to encourage visits to U.S. Ramsar wetlands and to educate the public on the importance of conserving our wetlands.  Qualifying images had to be taken at one of the 36 designated Ramsar Wetlands in the United States.  Diane’s Grand Prize photograph was taken at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.  Congratulations, Diane, and thank you for participating in an event which will benefit us all!  We look forward to seeing more of your work at SlowExposures PopUp Tour this fall!



Jerry AtnipSlowExposures 2014©Ellen Tew

Jerry Atnip
SlowExposures 2014
©Ellen Tew

One of our 2015 Jurors is the recipient of this Salute: We at SlowExposures salute fine art photographer and one of this year’s illustrious Juors for our main show, Jerry Atnip for an exhibition of his work at The Gallery at Lexus in Nashville, Tennessee. The exhibition will include two distinct bodies of Jerry’s work: The portrait series, as well as images from his Gone South series. Jerry Atnip’s portrait series is a display of more than 50 portraits of both national and local celebrities he has photographed over his 36-year career. It includes such notables as John Mellencamp, George Foreman, Keith Urban, Sally Mann, and Mayor Karl Dean. Other images in the exhibition include those from his book, Gone South, along with a variety of other work from his shoots worldwide. 

Jerry Atnip with Jerry Siegel and Ernesto BazanSlowExposures 2012©Ellen Tew

Jerry Atnip with Jerry Siegel and Ernesto Bazan
SlowExposures 2012
©Ellen Tew


The exhibition opens Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Lexus of Nashville, located at 2010 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard at Metro Center. At 6:00 that evening, Paul Polycarpou, publisher of Nashville Arts Magazine will discuss with Jerry his images and creative process. Jerry, as someone who is always there for us at the end of September, SlowExposures salutes you!





Taos Pueblo ©Malgosia Florkowska

Taos Pueblo ©Malgosia Florkowska

SlowExposures salutes photographer Malgosia Florkowska whose images of Taos Pueblo have been incorporated into the Polish version of Wikipedia. On a recent visit to Taos, New Mexico, Malgosia photographed Taos Pueblo, highlighting the stark beauty of this ancient treasure. Taos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1992. It is estimated that today about 150 people live in this complex without electricity or indoor plumbing and the community may have been continuously populated since it was built 1000 or so years ago!   Congratulations, Malgosia and thank you for connecting SlowExposures with an international audience!


Elvis Still Rocks the South © Jane Robbins Kerr

Elvis Still Rocks the South © Jane Robbins Kerr

SlowExposures salutes accomplished artist and photographer Jane Robbins Kerr on her show “Yesterday and Today…Paintings and Photographs”, in association with Atlanta Photography Group.  Jane has traveled the world from Asia in the 1990’s and 2000’s to Mississippi, where she grew up and New Mexico where she studied writing under Natalie Goldberg.  Later she did the Painting Experience with Michelle Coussou, as well as several photography workshops with known photographers.  Throughout this time, Jane took photographs and painted and wrote about her experiences.  Her show demonstrates all of Jane’s talents.  In her own words “Elvis is still rocking the South… Jane Robbins Kerr will rock on at APG in Atlanta to show her unexpected mixture of paintings and photographs, plus some writings.”    The show runs from May 28 through June 18.  Opening receiption will be on May 30, 2015,  from 3 – 6 p.m.  Gallery hours are 12 – 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; Tula Arts, 75 Bennett St, space B-1, Atlanta, Georgia.  404-605-0605.  Congratulations, Jane!  We wish you continued success!


Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik with “Still Lives”
Discussion, “Capturing Southern Identity”
SlowExposures 2014


Congratulations from SlowExposures go out to Eliot Dudik.  Eliot was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize, which, among other rewards, includes a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery during PhotoNOLA 2015.  Aline Smithson, of LenScratch, characterized Eliot Dudik as “a rare voice that draws our attention to his work, while he stays humble and engaged with the world around him.”  Eliot’s exhibition at SlowExposures 2014, “On this land I see Heroes and Saints”, highlighted two of his series of photographs,  “Still Lives” and “Broken Land”.  The exhibition was stunning in its artistry and provocative in its subject matter. 

In preparation for Eliot Dudik's show photo by Gary Gruby

In preparation for Eliot Dudik’s show
© Gary Gruby

While Eliot is taking on new responsibilities at The College of William and Mary, he was featured in a CNN article “Fake deaths: The great pretenders”.  The article presents Eliot’s “Still Lives”, a series of portraits of civil war re-enactors who have pretended to lose their lives on the battlefield.  A discussion by Eliot as to the rationality for re-enacting civil war battles lends dignity to this often misunderstood undertaking.  SlowExposures salutes Eliot Dudik!




Susi (c) Anne Berry

Susi © Anne Berry

SlowExposures salutes Anne Berry, whose work is being exhibited as an integral part of a group show “The Three Traumas” by the Camera Club of New York at their new Baxter Street location.  The show is curated by Jorge Alberto Perez and will be on display through March 30.  The exhibit highlights Anne’s ongoing project, Behind Glass, which depicts primates in captivity.

Anne’s work with primates evidences the close relationship between humans and these spectacular animals.  One cannot look into the eyes of the individual primates without imagining emotions with which we are all familiar.  It is an extremely moving experience and one which engenders empathy.  It is Anne’s hope that her images will benefit the lives of all animals, including ourselves.  Congratulations, Anne!



Where the Water Used to be © Donna Rosser

Where the Water Used to be © Donna Rosser

SlowExposures salutes photographer Donna Rosser, one of the featured photographers in the March/April edition of South X Southeast photomagazine.  Subscribers to the magazine can view her new series of images, Where the Water Used To Be, creatively documenting the draining of Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City, Georgia.  These images, along with others from her Morning Walk series are scheduled to be on display in Columbus, Georgia this fall. 

In addition to her photography, Rosser is hard at work earning a Creative Writing, Nonfiction, Certificate through UCLA’s Writers’ Program.  She is one of 13 students nominated for the Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir and plans to complete coursework for her certificate later this year.  



Jane Kerr (right) with Mary Anne Mitchell
SlowExposures Retrospective, 2012

SlowExposures salutes photographer Jane Robbins Kerr, Alan Rothschild of The Do Good Fund, and Chuck Reese of “The BITTER SOUTHERNER” for a February 26 feature on Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought”Alan Rothschild and Chuck Reese were being interviewed by host Celeste Headlee about Southern Photography.  Celeste Headlee commented on one of her favorite photographs, “Hallelujah Lady” by Jane Kerr.  “Hallelujah Lady” is one of the acquisitions of The Do Good Fund.  You can listen to the interview by following the link above.  The segment was entitled “Bringing Photos back to their Roots”.  We love that Zebulon and Pike County, Georgia were mentioned for our Rural Southern Photography Festival!  Congratulations, Jane, Alan, and Chuck!



photo by Magdalena Sole

Self-portrait in Fukushima, 2014
(c) Magdalena Solé

SlowExposures salutes photographer Magdalena Solé for an exhibition “Aftermath”, presenting her images in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The exhibition will be featured at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City from March 4 through April 4, 2015.  The opening reception will be on March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m.  

Photo by Magdalena Sole'

Missing town, Fukushima, 2011
(c) Magdalena Solé

On March 11, from 6 – 9 p.m, at Soho Photo Gallery, Magdalena will speak at the commemorative event featuring Japanese music and poetry written by survivors of the tsunami.  Magdalena’s images are described by the gallery as “tragic, yet beautiful”.  The gallery announcement continues, “She finds beauty in devastated places and uses color to encapsulate a range of feelings”. 

Magdalena is also announcing a workshop in Japan with PhotoXpeditions, “Legendary Japan, a Photographic journey”, October 18 – 28, 2015.  More information can be found at the PhotoXpeditions website.  Congratulations, Magdalena!  We wish you a wonderful journey!




Beate Sass with Denny Webster and Malgosia Florkowska at SlowExposures 2012

Beate Sass with Denny Webster and Malgosia Florkowska
at SlowExposures 2012

The Atlanta Journal Constitution highlighted photographer Beate Sass’ project “Real Stories, Real People” in both their print and online publications.  Beate’s mission is to educate the public about developmental disabilities.  To do so, she has launched a website that attempts to show, through her photography, the daily life of people with developmental disabilities and the everyday reality of their caregivers, as well.

Beate Sass in the field in Tallahassee, FL

Beate Sass in the field in Tallahassee, FL

Beate’s goal is to create a publication that will be made available to the public free of charge in 2015 and to Georgia Legislators during the 2016 Legislative Session.  She also anticipates creating a traveling exhibit.  “Real Stories, Real People” is a very personal project for Beate and she needs funds to bring this to fruition.  Beate asks that you visit her website,, donate to the project if you are able, and share this project with family and friends.  She further asks that if you are interested in following the progress of the project, please subscribe to her blog or follow her on Facebook.  Links will be on the website.  SlowExposures salutes Beate Sass and wishes her the best of luck with her extremely worthwhile project!



Untitled by Sebastian Collett, Honorable Mention at SlowExposures 2014

Untitled © Sebastian Collett,
Honorable Mention, SlowExposures 2014

United Photo Industries has selected Sebastian Collett as one of the winners of the inaugural Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Contest.  Sebastian was selected for his Vanishing Point series.  He was chosen from over 2,000 submitted entries from all over the world.  The exhibition  Developed:  Three Emerging Photographers will be in New York City at the United Photo Industries HQ from March 5 – 26, 2015.  SlowExposures salutes Sebastian Collett!





Blue Party by Dale Niles

Blue Party © Dale Niles

GreenBean by Dale Niles

GreenBean © Dale Niles


SlowExposures salutes Dale Niles.  Dale’s work has been accepted into two shows recently.  Two of her images were accepted in A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas.  The theme was “Blue”,  judged by Arthur Meyerson.  Her image “Blue Party” was awarded honorable mention.  Dale also had an image accepted in Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont.  The theme for this show was”Lines” and the juror was Rebecca Senf.  Congratulations, Dale!  We look forward to hearing more good news from you!

Aline Smithson with Alexa Dilworth, Jurors' talk SlowExposures 2014

Aline Smithson with Alexa Dilworth
Jurors’ talk SlowExposures 2014

Award-winning photographer, founder of Lenscratch blogzine, and SlowExposures’ 2014 Juror, Aline Smithson, has announced a kickstarter campaign for her first monograph, “Self & Others: Portraits as Autobiography”, to be published by the Magenta Foundation in the Fall of 2015.  According to Aline’s announcement on Lenscratch, ” Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography” is an almost 20 year culmination of portrait photographs, beginning with my early forays into black and white.”  SlowExposures wishes you the very best, Aline!


SlowExposures 2014, photo by Ellen Tew

Alan Rothschild and John Bennette
at The Do Good Fund Exhibit

SlowExposures salutes Alan Rothschild and The Do Good Fund for being featured in an engaging article in The BITTER SOUTHERNER”.  The article focuses on the objectives of The Do Good Fund, as well as Alan Rothschild’s introspection as he initiated, and now adds to this extraordinary collection of southern photography. As mentioned in the article, there is no substitute for viewing these images in print and in person, but it was still wonderful to see the electronic representations of a selection of these images.  As you take a look at the images and hear Alan Rothschild’s commentary, the scope of this endeavor becomes personally obvious.

SlowExposures was proud to host a selection of images from The Do Good Fund during our 2014 show.  The collection was exhibited at the Whiskey Bonding Barn, built in the 1870’s – definitely an unconventional place for art!.  Congratulations Alan and all photographers honored by inclusion in The Do Good Fund!



photo by Ellen Tew

McNair Evans with winning photograph, “Crescent Migration”

McNair Evans has been awarded the 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship.  This Fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist in the field of creative photography, who exhibits professional accomplishment and serious artistic commitment.

As the photographer whose image, Crescent Migration, won first place at SlowExposures 2013, McNair Evans became the first recipient of the Paul Conlan Prize. His solo exhibition, Confessions for a Son, was on display during SlowExposures 2014.  At the conclusion of SlowExposures, Confessions for a Son was placed on display at The Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, Georgia through the month of November, and then at the Rayko Gallery in San Francisco until January 10, 2015.  Confessions for a Son moves on to New York City, where it will be featured at the Sasha Wolf Gallery from February 25 through April 5.

SlowExposures congratulates McNair Evans!


photo by Owl and Tiger Books

photo by Owl and Tiger Books

All 750 copies of McNair’s book, “Confessions for a Son” have sold out!  More congratulations, McNair!  Photograph from McNair Evans’ Facebook page.









Dennis Kiel at SlowExposures 2014

Dennis Kiel at SlowExposures 2014
with Malgosia Florkowska and Alison Gruby


Dennis Kiel  has been named the new director of The Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University near Houston,Texas.  SlowExposures salutes you, Dennis!  Dennis has served SlowExposures as a portfolio reviewer and as a former member of our Advisory Committee.  Congratulations, Dennis, on your new endeavor.  We wish you the best and hope you will stay in touch! 




Tamara Reynolds with her two accepted images<br />SlowExposures 2014

Tamara Reynolds with her two accepted images
SlowExposures 2014

SlowExposures salutes photographer Tamara Reynolds on A Photo Essay by PBS NEWSHOUR‘s Laura Santhanam.  The essay highlights “Southern Route”, Tamara’s series of photographs of  people and places in the deep south.  After reading the article, one comes away with Tamara Reynold’s commitment to the preservation of the uniqueness and beauty of the southern region of our country in the face of encroaching urbanization.  SlowExposures shares this commitment and congratulates Tamara on the essay and her inclusion in “Currents 2014: NOPA Members Showcase” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, during PhotoNOLA 2014. 



Meryl Truett and her new book at SlowExposures 2014

Meryl Truett and her new book
SlowExposures 2014

Meryl Truett has opened a new gallery, Liberty Street Gallery, in Savannah, Georgia. Meryl’s photography and art are featured, as well as the work of three other excellent artists.  Meryl has had her work exhibited during past SlowExposures shows and had a solo show at A Novel Experience in Zebulon, Georgia during SlowExposures 2014.  She is a fine art photographer and mixed media artist and is a professor of photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Meryl Truett is the author of two books:  “Thump Queen and other Southern Anomalies”, and “Relics, Ruins, and Artifacts”.  Congratulations, Meryl, on your new project.  We at SlowExposures wish you and Liberty Street Gallery continued success!





photos above by Ellen Tew, unless otherwise credited