The 20th anniversary edition of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) will include a variety of photography related events including speakers, exhibits, panels, parties, workshops and fairs that are open to the public. The network of photography events makes ACP the largest annual community-oriented photography festival in the nation.
Amy Miller, ACP executive director, said the festival offers something for everyone, from professional photographers, collectors and artists to those just graduating from point and shoot. With more than 100 free events and exhibitions to experience, Miller has highlighted three of the best:
Miller says public art is one of the most important parts of the ACP Festival. For the sixth year in a row, ACP will present FENCE, an outdoor exhibit at Piedmont Park’s dog park. FENCE has become the largest public photo exhibit in North America at over 700 feet long.
“People tend to linger at the dog park and will have a chance to get into the stories that these photographs tell,” Miller said. “The photographers are telling a story in six pictures or less, so the pictures have to be concise and able to convey a message.”
Out of 2,000 entries, three local photographers made the cut in an exhibit that displays only 41 artists. Daniel Edwards displays his series “Black Outlined Blue”, a collection of images of African American police officers both in uniform and in daily life. Dale Niles was selected for her series called “Animals Revisited,” which features taxidermy and live animals combined with landscape photos and other elements. “Cascade Roll” by Raymond McCrea Jones is a collection of shots from the popular Cascade roller skating rink.
Each year, ACP hosts photography talks with the best photographers in the trade. Iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz will speak at the ACP Marquee event on Nov. 29 in addition to lectures by Guggenheim Fellows Meghann Riepenhoff and Deana Lawson offered throughout the festival season.
Atlanta-based photographer Derek Blanks will share his love for photography at the Westside Cultural Arts Center on Tuessday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. as part of a local spotlight lecture series. Blanks is most famous for his work with the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as well as a portfolio of celebrities like Mo’Nique, Viola Davis, Jennifer Hudson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Nicki Minaj, Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Janelle Monae, Chaka Khan, Kelly Rowland and Nick Cannon.
“It’s not only great exposure for [the photographer] but it helps people who are aspiring photographers see how someone in their own hometown can succeed. They can look at that road map and get inspired by what he’s done,” Miller said.
On Saturday, Oct 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. ACP will host a photography fair open to the public at the Georgia Tech Hotel. Fifty ACP selected exhibits will be on display for an afternoon of photography talk, a tour of the latest trends in international photography and an opportunity to buy prints the same day.
“It’s an informal way to put your work out there, but it’s also a way to get feedback,” Miller said. “It helps the community see a wide breath of work from people all over the country, but it also helps photographers get great at sharing their work and get an audience’s response.”
For a complete list of events happening during ACP, visit acpinfo.org.