"Circle Gallery to host exhibit Witness: The Photographs of Billy Howard
Athens, Ga. – The Circle Gallery in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia will host an exhibit of photographs by Billy Howard January 12th through February 12th, 2015. The opening reception, which will include a brief gallery talk by the artist, will be Monday, Jan. 12th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The gallery is located in the Jackson Street Building at 285 S. Jackson St.
Billy Howard is a documentary photographer, writer and videographer in Atlanta. He is on the board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography and received a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow in Mental Health Journalism and has spent decades creating portraits of people across the globe in extenuating circumstances. Past projects include an exhibit on people with HIV/AIDS with The Smithsonian Institute Folklife Festival; two group exhibits with Vogue Italia in Milan, Italy; contributions to documentaries for Frontline and HBO; a featured interview on CNN’s photoblog; and an exhibit on the blind and visually impaired, Blind/ Sight: Conversations with the Visually Inspired, which is currently on tour. His exhibit Witness was chosen as the first work to be exhibited in the CDC’s David J. Sencer Museum Lobby Gallery.
The images portrayed in Witness represent people in their environments, their land, their homes, their schools—where they “belong.” Howard explains: “There are no tricks of placement, just an attempt to represent both the person and his or her surroundings honestly. In these portraits I have tried to use the person’s environs to add to the viewer’s understanding of the subject.”
Howard’s work is in the collections of The Library of Congress, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Carter Center, among others. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information contact Melissa Tufts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-542-8292."
[Billy Howard is a member of ACP's Executive Board