ACP 2018–20th Anniversary Photography Festival!

ACP 2018 Marquee Event w/ Annie Leibovitz — Nov. 29

Through our annual October festival and year-round programming, ACP seeks to involve anyone who has taken or shared a photograph to explore the power of photography as a language we all speak, 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 outstanding support, and here’s our visual wrap-up of ACP 2018. Enjoy!

ACP SPECIAL EXHIBITION — “Picturing Justice” at Atlanta Legal Aid

Picturing Justice is an annual exhibition that explores how photography can illuminate the human stories that live behind such common shorthand as “case”, “client” or “issue” so we can better experience, empathize and advocate for the lives that are improved by this important work.

This year’s Picturing Justice features a group exhibition as well as a photo-essay, “Saving Grace,” created by photographer Melissa Golden and writer Robin McDonald for the Bitter Southerner, an incredible multimedia magazine telling real stories about the American South.

© John Ramspott (left) — Opening of Picturing Justice at Atlanta Legal Aid, Oct. 3rd
Three photos from John Ramspott: Participating artists Dustin Chambers (center), and Daniel Edwards (right)
Two photos by participating artist Robin Rayne. Atlanta Legal Aid’s Executive Director Steve Gottlieb, at right.

It was a celebratory mood at the ACP 20th Anniversary Photography Auction Gala!
“ACP is amazing. It’s an outstanding world class event. Kudos to all involved.” — festival attendee


The ACP Open Exhibition took place at Binders with 25 schools participating, featuring work from over 500 photographers! A free, pin-up show, open to all, Open Exhibition celebrates the democratic nature of photography.

I look forward to it every year! You all have done an amazing job! — festival attendee
ACP Open Exhibition install day at Binders, Sept. 29th with 531 participating photographers.
On October 27, we had an awards ceremony for all of the winning photographers!

ACP SPECIAL EXHIBITION — “Through the Lens of Well Being” at Woodruff Arts Center

“My wife and I were moved to tears many times as we toured the exhibition.” — Through the Lens of Well Being attendee

For this special exhibition, ACP partnered with Lenbrook Senior Community and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals for an inspirational celebration of the power of photography to heal, explore, and transform!

Great photos from Nicole Jacobs from the reception for “Through the Lens of Well-Being”, at Woodruff Arts Center, Sept. 22nd.


“Very inspirational speaker! Full of contagious energy. An absolute delight.” — ACP Lecture Series attendee

A 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, Meghann Riepenhoff (b. Atlanta, GA) is an artist based in Bainbridge Island, WA, and San Francisco, CA. Her lecture was a result of partnership with Jackson Fine Art, The High Museum of Art, and MAILCHIMP.

A great crowd for Meghann Riepenhoff’s ACP Lecture at the High Museum of Art, Sept. 27th. Left photo by John Ramspott.


“Can’t wait to be back in town next year to experience it!” — festival attendee

From the walls of a neighborhood coffee shop to the galleries of the High Museum of Art, anyone can participate in creating a photo-based event or exhibition for #acpfest. As a grass-roots, community-organization, we enable and empower photographers to participate and access an audience eager for photography-related amazement every October.

ACP Festival Guides in the wild (above) and photos from participating venues, linked to Instagram source(s), below.
Three photos from ACP Board Member, Nicole Jacobs-Licht.


Partnering with ART PAPERS LIVE and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, visual activist and photographer Zanele Muholi was in conversation with Renee Mussai in support of the breakthrough exhibition, Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness.

Zanele Muholi lecture at Spelman Museum of Fine Art, photos (left & center) by Sue Ross.


We celebrated the art of the photobook at MOCAGA on the weekend of October 12, featuring exhibitors and artists from across the country, including 21st Editions, AINT-BAD, Brilliant Graphics, Candela Books, Fall Line Press, Nazraeli Press, Overlapse, TBW Books, Yoffy Press and Zatara Press.

ACP Photobook Fair Weekend at MOCAGA


THE FENCE had a new home in 2018 in Piedmont Park (at the dog park!) featuring over 200 photographs in a 700-ft long exhibition, curated from an international call for entries. As one of eight participating cities, Atlanta’s FENCE featured work from three area photographers; Daniel Edwards, Raymond McCrea Jones and Dale Niles!

Atlanta-based artists Daniel Edwards and Dale Niles, each with their own section of The FENCE
Jasmin Chang from United Photo Industries, with ACP’s Amy Miller, and artists Dale Niles & Daniel Edwards (left).


“Phenomenal film — loved the Q&A after and would have stayed until she was tired of talking.” — ACP Film Series attendee

ACP Film Series screened “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable” including a Q&A from the film’s director, Sasha Waters Freyer


“Excellent!” — ACP Spotlight attendee

Every year, as part of the ACP Lecture Series, we feature a local talent who’s making waves in the industry. Hometown here Derek Blanks has a client roster that boasts some of the biggest names on the planet including respected media brands like CoverGirl, ESSENCE, BET Networks, and Sony Music Entertainment. The evening was in partnership with MAILCHIMP and Westside Cultural Arts Center.

ACP Spotlight on Local Talent with Derek Blanks on Oct. 11th


ACP Photographer’s Conference — a weekend of valuable workshops, private consultations, artist’s talks and master classes from the industry’s brightest minds, working photographers, and thought leaders. In partnership with our friends at Shootproof!

2018’s distinguished photographers, reviewers and workshop leaders included:

Richard Renaldi — Photographer
Holly Andres — Photographer
Sue Morrow — Editor, News Photographer magazine
Matt Eich — Photographer
Derek Blanks — Photographer
Kelly Sidley — Curatorial Assistant, Dept. of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, NY
Morrigan McCarthy — National Picture Editor, The New York Times

Reviewers / Consultants:
Barbara Griffin — President, Barbara Griffin Productions
Erin J. Nelson — Curatorial Assistant of Photography, High Museum of Art
Matthew Rond — Photo Editor, Turner
Anna Skillman — Owner, Jackson Fine Art
Jennifer Yoffy — Owner, Yoffy Press


“I’m so happy I was able to attend this event. What an incredible photographer!” — Deana Lawson lecture attendee

Deana Lawson was awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant, 2008–2009 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. In 2017, her work was featured in the Whitney Biennial. Her photographs have been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Here ACP Lecture Series presentation was in partnership with The High Museum of Art and MAILCHIMP.

October 25th, Deana Lawson gave an extraordinary talk for ACP Lecture Series at the High Museum of Art (photos by John Ramspott)


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

PHOTO BATTLE rocked the house at Ambient+ on Oct. 19!

ACP SPECIAL EXHIBITION — “The Art of Motion Picture Still Photography”

In partnership with Society for Motion Picture Still Photographers, Westside Cultural Arts Center, and ACP Board President Emerita Barbara Griffin, this special exhibition featured work from Hollywood’s unsung “unit photographers,” artists who capture moments amid a film set’s chaos, document behind the scenes and create publicity shots that get seen by millions.

The Art of Motion Picture Still Photography from The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers at Westside Cultural Arts Center on the weekend of Oct. 20/21


“So last night was just a wonderful string of moments that made my heart happy. Spending time in the company of fellow photographers and creatives, listening to a living photography icon! She is certainly one of those people you would have on the list of “if you could have dinner with anyone living or dead.” I drew inspiration not only from the work, but from her shared stories, her journey, her persistence and perseverance, her fearlessness, and the reassurance that even she still has doubts about her ability and work at times. So I end this post with gratitude. Thank you Annie for sharing with all of us, both last night and through the years. Thank you to Amy Miller and anyone associated with Atlanta Celebrates Photography for making this night and this festival as a whole possible.” — Philip Short, on Instagram

Annie Leibovitz is one of the most influential photographers of our time. For nearly five decades, her distinctive portraits have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue.

She has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress and her work can be seen in museums all over the world. This event was in partnership with Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and MAILCHIMP.

Thank you to everyone tagging their #acpfest photos on Instagram, and especially to John Ramspott for providing so many event photos. Thanks, John!

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