ACP 2019–21st Annual Photography Festival!

ACP Photo Festival
Nov 22 · 5 min read
ACP 2019 Marquee Event — Michael Stipe (former lead singer of R.E.M.) with Lois Reitzes (host at WABE) at SCADshow — Oct. 2

“I felt so inspired after hearing Michael Stipe’s talk. Thanks so much for having him.” (- ACP Marquee Event attendee)

Through our annual October festival and year-round programming, ACP seeks to explore the power of photography as our newest global language, to increase accessibility to the arts, to interact with the local community and enrich Atlanta’s cultural offerings.

Through the festival, each part of the city is touched by a variety of events and exhibitions — whether they’re at the world’s busiest airport, at bustling Piedmont Park, or tucked away in quiet corners of Atlanta’s outskirts — we transform studios, galleries, museums and public spaces into a coordinated cultural experience!

We’d like to thank Fulton County Arts Council for their continued outstanding support, and here’s our visual wrap-up of ACP 2019. Enjoy!

THE FENCE made its return to the Atlanta BeltLine in an installation (up through June 2020) on the Westside Trail. [Here’s a map.]

Curator Charlotte Cotton and photographer Amy Arbus brought the ACP Lecture Series to the High Museum of Art thanks to Mailchimp. (Arbus photo by John Ramspott)

“Thanks to Amy Arbus for sharing your excellent work with us and to acpfest for bringing her to town!“— (via spite_baby)

Photo Battle was another night to remember. 89-year old Lucinda Bunnen received the loudest applause of the evening! (photos by John Hyjek)

Imagine a head-to-head competition where photographers challenge each other (with photographs!) as if they were boxers battling with their fists. Really! Another night to remember, Photo Battle was in partnership with Connie Cross Group and Ambient+Studio.

“Fantastic Event thank you Connie Cross and #acp!“ — (via gittelp)

(photos by ATL Photo Night)

Two “Spotlight Lecture” events at Facet Gallery in partnership with ATL Photo Night celebrated the dynamic work of ATL-based photographers Creative Soul & Kate T. Parker.

“Great event…enjoyed every minute” (Kate T. Parker artist’s talk attendee)

“Everything was great! From the venue to the event hosts and Creative Soul. The presentation of work and talk-back was well done and inspiring.” (Creative Soul artist’s talk attendee)

The annual ACP Photography Auction and Gala is a can’t miss event, just ask the winners of Todd Ginsberg’s pig-roast-for-10 auction item!

Over 20 schools and hundreds of middle-school and high-school students (as well as adults & senior centers) exhibited photographs judged by SCAD photography professor Forest McMullin, who handed-out prizes in 18 categories in our ACP Open Exhibition at Abernathy Arts Center. (Thank you, KEH!)

The ACP Photobook Fair showcased publishers and artists from across the country at MOCA GA, above.

Now in its 8th year, ACP’s program, Teen Spirit, continues to offer an impactful vehicle for self-expression to inpatient teens at Scottish Rite and Egleston hospitals. (Teen Spirit shown above, at left, with ACP co-founder Corinne Adams).

ACP Film Series hosted a premiere screening of “Home Movies” by Chris Verene, including a town hall discussion about the film’s core issues, with the artist and Mona Bennett, Ambassador of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, moderated by Felicia Feaster. (photo above, at right.)

“Amazing to screen premieres and have artists and panelists who are creative, passionate and compassionate gather. More more more! Bravo.”

Trinity & Eric and their respective photographs at “ATL at the Core” at Emory Point — photo by John Hyjek
(photo of ATL at the Core opening night by Derek Bedwell for Modern Luxury)

ACP was honored to create the public art project ATL at the Core at Emory Point featuring 30 local artists & photographers.

With more than 100 events & exhibitions at participating #acpfest, here are a few hightlighting the community-based nature of #acpfest, via Instagram (top row: wavawoman, thomasdeansfineart, rhythmicimages; middle row: sistagraphy,, northparkgallery; bottom row: l5p_alliance, dsa_visual_arts, & daniellesrossphoto)

#acpfest participant extraordinaire John Hyjek (photo by Derek Bedwell)

Every year, there are people in the photo-community who go above-and-beyond during #acpfest. John Hyjek (who provided many of the photos for this look back) could be found at nearly every #acpfest event and exhibition, and even organized a few himself! Thank you, John!

Like John, Lisa Zunzanyika was a participating artist in “ATL at the Core” and brought her insurmountable “Z-game” to Photo Battle, along with her twin-lens-reflex-champion belt (and Photo-hair!)

Thank you to all of our volunteers, participating #acpfest artists, and venues, without whom a (more than) month-long celebration of photography would never be possible.

Onward to 2020, and thank you for your support!


“Photography is truly the most honest medium in my life.”

— Michael Stipe (Art Forum, May 25, 2018)

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