Recent Interviews with Pete Souza

December 7th, 2017
If you appreciated the ACP Lecture Series event with Pete Souza during the festival, you might appreciate these recent interviews where he fleshes-out the story he told in Atlanta in October. His book is in its 3rd week in the top slot of the New York Times Bestseller list.

- Most recently, Souza sat down with Mike Pesca (Dec. 5th) over on The Gist (9 minutes in, link is time-stamped) where he spoke about his five-plus years in the Reagan administration, and more.

- Here's Souza with David Axelrod (episode 196), where Souza added more detail to how things were in the early days of the Obama administration.

- Souza appears in the middle section of "Pod Save America" (44 minutes in, link not time-stamped) with pals Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer.

(Photo detail above, by John E. Ramspott)

Donate to ACP Every Time You Shop on Amazon!

June 5th, 2017

We have a few dedicated Amazon shoppers who always shop using, and donate a portion (of a percent) of their purchase price to ACP.

You can too, just shop on Amazon via this link:

Thank You!

David LaChapelle at SCADshow, photos by John Ramspott

May 23rd, 2017
Photos by John Ramspott


February 2nd, 2017
Earlier this week, Stereo Williams took a look at Atlanta for the DailyBeast: "How Atlanta Became the New Cultural Capital of America." He connects the dots between Donald Glover's recent success as creator, writer, director and executive producer of his own TV show, to Migos' "Bad and Boujee", even The Walking Dead.

The film industry here in Georgia has gone from $300 million to $7 billion according to Kasim Reed's state of the city address, and now Reed's pushing for the 1/10th-of-a-penny fractional tax for the arts.

Here's Williams on Glover:
"He's turned Atlanta into an allegory for so many peoples' experience—highlighting the city's culture and atmosphere as a window to something more universal. He’s drawn a ton of mainstream praise by presenting his own specifically Black perspective during a time when Black culture is once again both fashionable and feared."
There's also a pretty big game against The Patriots in Houston on Sunday.

We're a photography festival after all, so here's Kevin D. Liles' recent shot of Matt Ryan taking the field. Even if you're not into football, it's hard to not feel good about Atlanta these days.

#RISEUP and Celebrate!

© Kevin D. Liles

Marilyn Minter, at Zuckerman Museum of Art

February 1st, 2017
As we begin the annual run-up to October's #acpfest, we thought it would be fun to gradually share info about a couple of artists whose work you might see this fall.

NYC-based artist Marilyn Minter currently has work on view at Kennesaw State University at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, in their "Gut Feelings" exhibition, open through May 7th.

"This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists in whose work food, feeding, and cooking are symbolic representations of exchanged emotion. Organized around main themes of abjection and desire; nourishment as power or control; and food as material of the body, Gut Feelings looks to food as a vessel for a wide range of relationships."
Ms. Minter also has an exhibition up at the Brooklyn Museum: Pretty/Dirty and has been in the news recently for being on the frontlines as an activist, organizing artists in response to our new political reality.

(Photo credits: top, "Orange Crush" 2009 © Marilyn Minter / Mike Jensen for the Zuckerman / Marilyn Minter and Marina Adams by Mark Sagliocco-Getty Images)

Shealah Craighead, back in the White House

January 26th, 2017
If you've had your eye on the Oval Office over the last few days, you may have noticed Shealah Craighead making photographs. There's been speculation about who the replacement for Pete Souza might be, and Craighead is apparently "trying out" for the position.


I first noticed Craighead on Sunday, photographing this reception for law enforcement.
She's a White House veteran, having served as photographer for George W. Bush, and having worked as Sarah Palin's photographer.

There's also a question about who this photographer was, shooting DSLR video during the inauguration. He wore a scarf!

TIME’s Most Influential Images

November 17th, 2016

TIME just launched a new photobook and website dedicated to the "100 Most Influential Images", and you might appreciate the 20 videos accompanying the project, which tell the backstories behind some of the world's most famous photographs. (The 15-minute Richard Prince short-form documentary is definitely worth the click.)

Looking at News Photographs from the Past Week

July 11th, 2016
When there's an incredible week of news, it's often an incredible week for news photography, and last week was an example of both. As a blog about photography, we thought we'd highlight a few of the most popular photographs we've seen in the past few days, in hopes that one or two of them are new to you.

One of the more memorable photographs out of Dallas was taken by Ting Shen for The Dallas Morning News.

tingshen_900wTing Shen / The Dallas Morning News

What's remarkable is that Ting Shen is an intern for the DMN, and he had an interesting response to praise of his photograph on twitter, here, via Chris Megerian.


Locally, John E. Ramspott was on the ground for the march here on Saturday in Atlanta, and has a full set of photographs here. Sheila Pree Bright was sharing photographs from the same march on her tumblr and facebook. Brett Falcon has a full gallery here. Jonathan Walker is a prolific instagrammer who made this incredible photograph on Saturday:

walker_instagramvia wakkagram

Hands-down, the most discussed photograph is this image by Jonathan Bachman / Reuters of Ieshia Evans, a mom in Baton Rouge who was one of 102 protesters arrested on Saturday.
bachman_full_900wJonathan Bachman / Reuters

"It happened quickly, but I could tell that she wasn’t going to move, and it seemed like she was making her stand. To me it seemed like: You’re going to have to come and get me. And I just thought it seemed like this was a good place to get in position and make an image, just because she was there in her dress and you have two police officers in full riot gear." - Jonathan Bachman
Bachman also made this incredible photograph, again, from Baton Rouge:

bachman_900wJonathan Bachman / Reuters

And to end on a local note, a personal favorite, via Twitterer AzaniaJustice.

azaniajustice_900wvia AzaniaJustice

Brooks Jensen on “Why Photography?”

June 13th, 2016
"In this podcast I want to talk about other reasons why we should be interested (in photography) that have nothing to do with money and economics."
- Brooks Jensen, via Lenswork podcast #949 (ACP 2008 Portfolio Reviewer)

360 Video – Finally Merging Form With Function

May 19th, 2016
While 360 cameras have been available for a while, and the technology keeps getting better (more resolution, better software to stitch the files together) I haven't seen an example that didn't feel frivolous, forced, or unnecessary.

All that changed with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's new story for RYOT / Huffington Post on "Rethinking Cuba". If you've seen photographs (or footage, even) from Cuba and wondered what was beyond the frame, 360 video is racing to fill that gap. Jelly-Schapiro's example merges journalism with a new kind of travel voyeurism that I haven't seen before.

Plus, it's fascinating how 360 footage presents a kind of experience that's akin to watching a livestream from a fixed camera location. As a viewer, you feel like you don't know what will happen next, and that you're empowered to (in some small way) control the outcome by panning and scrolling through the frame. (Use your mouse, folks!) It's a YouTube-based "Choose Your Own Adventure".

When new cameras, equipment (or apps, even!) come along there's a race to figure out their best use, and Jelly-Schapiro's example comes as close as I've seen to realizing the strength and uniqueness of 360 video's promise.

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