Sunday, October 4, 2015

News of Southern Photographers -- Early Fall 2015

Fall is upon us, and the coming of fall means a host of exhibitions, publications, festivals, awards, and shows for the busy photographers here in the American South.

So there is much news, and your humble servant The Southern Photographer is busily bringing as much of this news to you as he is able. 

Here is a sample of what's happening --

1. Honorary Southern Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier has been named the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for 2015.

2. Kat Kiernan has published Issue 5 of her magazine Don't Take Pictures, which is now out with a story by Raleigh-based photographer Diana Bloomfield on the photography of Josephine Cardin , as well as photographs by Southern photographers Robert Shults, Lori Vrba,  and Jen Ervin.

3. Kiernan also has a web-based version of Don't Take Pictures, with a "Photo of the Day" feature. Recently, the Photo of the Day was by Chapel Hill-based photographer Leah Sobsey (see image above).  

4. Bloomfield, in addition to writing for Don't Take Pictures, has a show of work up now (see image above), at the Cornelius Art Center, in Cornelius, NC, along with Southern photographers Aspen Hochhalter and Gayle Stevens, and Montana-based photographer Christina Anderson.

5. Lexington, KY-base photographer Sarah Hoskins has had 250 photographs from her Homeplace portfolio accepted into the permanent collection of the Archive of Documentary Arts, a part of Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Hoskins has recently been interviewed by Ailene Smithson in Lenscratch magazine, here.

6. Also in Lenscratch is a profile and selection of work by Jacksonville, FL-based photographer Doug Eng, from his Streaming South portfolio (see image above).

7. In addition to Betty Press (see previous article), Southern photographers who made it to the Critical Mass shortlist this year include Tami Bone, Shannon Johnstone, S Gayle Stevens, Forest McMullin, and Tama Hochbaum.

I'm sure there are others, so if you know of a Southern photographer who made the list, please let me know and I will add them to this announcement. If I looked up all 100 names on the list, I would never get this blog post out to you. 

8.  Work from Jacksonville, FL-based photographer Bill Yates' portfolio Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink will be on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, beginning October 3rd, 2015, and up through January 17, 2016.

The Bitter Southerner has a profile of Yates, and a generous selection of work from his Skating Rink days, here. And also in London's Daily Mail, here.

9. Atlanta-based photographer Donna King Rosser is having a solo show of her work at the Rankin Arts Photography Center in Columbus, Georgia, up now through October 31, 2015.

10. Winners in this year's Slow Exposures juried exhibition are posted here,  including Preston Gannaway's First Place image, above.  

All reports indicate that a grand time was had by all down in Pike County, GA.  

11.  San Francisco Bay-Area photographer John Chiara (see image above) has a show of images from his Mississippi portfolio now up at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta. 

Chiara makes his images  through a process that he calls "part photography part sculpture and part event." 

Chiara uses hand-built cameras, the largest of which is a 50” x 80” field camera, transported on a flatbed trailer. Once a location is selected, Chiara physically enters the camera, maneuvering in near total darkness positive color photographic paper on the camera’s back wall.

Chiara's work in Mississippi includes the obligatory kudzu shot (see image above).

12. Georgia-based photographer Andrew Feiler's new book Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color:The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College  is now out from the University of Georgia Press.

Feiler's book explores the history of Morris Brown College, a historically black college with a "proud past, challenging present and uncertain future."

Feiler will have a show of work from this book opening October 23rd and up through November 29th, 2015, at the  Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library and Galleries in downtown Atlanta. 

Feiller's work from this portfolio is also featured by Jeff Rich in Eyes on the South, go here. 

13. Other photographers featured -- since we last checked -- by Jeff Rich at Eyes on the South include John Lusk Hathaway (see image above) and Malcolm Lightner (see image below).

Also, Frank Hamrick (see image below)

And Maude Schuyler Clay (see image below)

14. Debbie Fleming Caffrey's new book Alphabet is now available from Fall Line Press. 

15. Charleston, SC photographer Melissa Levesque (see image above) has just opened a show of work from her Lowcountry Landscapes portfolio at the Saul Alexander Gallery in Charleston's Public Library, at 68 Calhoun Street, in Charleston, up now through October 31st, 2015. 

16. Chapel Hill-based photographer Lori Vrba's new book Moth Wing Diaries is new reviewed on LensCulture, here.

 All for now, but still more to come -- watch this space.

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