Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Do Good Fund in Athens, Georgia


The Do Good Fund is building an exceptional collection of Southern photographs, a collection that grows and grows, promising to  become the most complete and comprehensive collection of photographs of the American South we have, all in one place. 

A really big show of the collection is up now at six venues in Athens, Georgia, organized by the University of Georgia's Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts. 

The overall title for this multiple-site show is Pictures of Us: Photographs from The Do Good Fund Collection.

For a full list of the six exhibitions, including venues, times and dates the venues are open, and more about this extensive display of the outstanding collection amassed the Do Good Fund, go here.

For those who are not regular readers of this blog, the Do Good Fund is a public charity that has set out to build a museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography, including works by both established and emerging photographers.  

For more on the Do Good Fund, go here.

For recent press coverage of the Do Good Fund, go here, here, and here

We all owe a deep debt of gratitude to Alan Rothschild and his colleagues at the Do Good Fund for this extraordinary undertaking. 

The work they've collected already is truly exceptional -- the very best of Southern photography.  

So these shows are not to be missed, if you are anywhere Athens.
All we can add is, every day, in every way, the Do Good Fund is doing better and better.

Getting 2016 Off to a Good Start -- Laura Noel, Davion Alston, Maude Schuyler Clay, Eliot Dudik

Some news of Southern photographers, and photographs, in the midst of a chilly Southern winter:

1. Atlanta-based photographers Laura Noel (see image above)  and Davion Alston have been awarded IDEA Capital grants to pursue specific projects.

Noel's grant will enable her to fund a book project The Lookout, combining poems Noel has created by stitching together intertwined conversations overheard in public places with photograms made from objects Noel finds in the streets of Atlanta.

Alston's grant will support his project, Sapelo Island (see image above), to document
through text and photography the Geechee /Gullah culture of coastal Georgia as it goes through a transition brought about by the influx of tourist-driven commercial developments that threaten the culture and the identity of the island's long-time residents.

 2. Mississippi-based photographer Maude Schuyler Clay (see image above) is opening a major show of work from her Mississippi History portfolio at Atlanta's Jackson Fine Art Gallery on February 5th, 2016.

Clay's work is up at Jackson Fine Art through April 16th of this year. 

3. Williamsburg, VA-based photographer Eliot Dudik (see image above) has had his Broken Land portfolio featured in the online ezine Hawk and Handsaw, from Unity College in Maine, go here.

More later, from The Southern Photographer. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

News of Southern Photographers for Early 2016

Items of Interest on a cold January day:

1. Greensboro-based photographer Leah Sobsey (see image above) is publishing a book project with Daylight Books entitled Collections: Birds Bones Butterflies, featuring her photographs of specimens of birds, bones, and butterflies (naturally) from the collections of natural histopry museums. 

Sobsey is running a campaign on INDEGOGO to raise money to defray some of the publication costs. Go here if you would like to help her out in this very worthy project. 

2. Chapel Hill based photographer Susan Harbage Page (see image above) -- who has a day job as Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill -- has been interviewed about her photography along the border between Mexico and the USA by folks at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC.

You can hear a podcast of this interview if you go here

3. Atlanta's Jennifer Schwartz is involved with Flash Powder Projects, and you can learn more about what she's now up to if you go to the Flash Powder website, here.  

4. Seems to me that for a guy from Virginia and points South, Eliot Dudik (see image above) has been spending entirely too much time lately in Maine, and in January too.

Dudik has spent at least part of his time in Bar Harbor, where right now, as of this writing, the temperature is 20 degrees and the wind is blowing over 10 miles per hour. 

Young man, what has come over you? Makes me shiver to think about it.

For more news of Dudik's adventures in the frigid North, go here.  

5. Raleigh's Roger May (see image above) continues to go great guns with his efforts to diversify the press coverage of Appalachia, including notice in the Atlantic Monthly, here. 

6. The latest Southern photographers to be featured on Jeff Rich's Eyes on the South blog for the Oxford American are Jared Ragland (see image above) and Matt Odum (see image below).

7. Nashville-based photographer Shawne Brown (see image below) is the latest Southern photographer to be featured in the online magazine Ain't Bad, here. 

8. Stacy Kranitz (see image below) has had images from her portfolio of photographs of young white men doing stupid things, entitled From the Study on Post-Pubescent Manhood, published in the online magazine GUP, go here. 

All for now -- I'll be adding to this blog entry in the days ahead. Keep checking back!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Gift for the New Year -- S[x]SE for early 2016

Nancy McCrary and all the fine folks at South X Southeast Photomagazine have released their third issue under the new, all-online format.

With the January/February issue for 2016, South by Southeast Photomagazine continues bigger and better than before, and still all on the web, and on the new website, and entirely free. 

Photographers whose work is featured in this issue include, among others, Beatrice Chauvin (see image above), Willie Ann Wright (see image below), Becky Stayner (see image below Wright's) and Tessa Gehringer (see image below Stayner's).

And a whole bunch of other photographers, too numerous to mention, as well as all the interviews, book reviews, and other features we have come to expect of McCrary and her colleagues at SxSE.

Not to mention the Photo Workshops, and the new SHOP, too.  

SxSE is turning into a Center of Southern Photography Culture, and is not to be missed. 

Check it out today.

What a gift to us all, this SxSE publication!