Zoltan Gerliczki’s “Celestial Bodies” opens Friday at Atlanta Art Solutions

"The work presents a digital collage combining Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement with a series of over 350 pictures of the artist’s body. Every character, male or female, that was painted by Michelangelo is now replaced by one naked man, referencing both the nudity that was present in the original version of Michelangelo’s masterpiece as well as offering an overt reference to the rumours surrounding Michelangelo’s own sexuality.

As Michelangelo is known for his studies of anatomy, this work provides a contemporary take on this subject. Aside from the general anatomical exploration of the human form, there is also a personal search of the artist’s awareness of his own body’s transformation over the course of a matter of years - the photos in the work were taken over a period of more than a decade.

The individual pieces represent the various stories that are present in The Last Judgement. Here, the direct reference to the painting is taken away, to only focus on the individual stories taken from the canticas Paradiso, Inferno and Purgatorio of Dante’s Divina Comedia. By only using the sky as background, there is no judgement to be passed: all stories, from hell, purgatory or paradise, are seemingly played out in heaven."

Text by Tim van den Oudenhoven c. 2018
Zoltan Gerliczki
“Celestial Bodies”
Opening Friday 9 Nov.2018 The time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Place: Atlanta Art Solutions
689-A 11th St. NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318

MUBI now screening “The Dead Nation”

Every year we have more great ideas for programming than we can possibly realize. In the Spring, we talked with the fine folks at MUBI, a video streaming service that specializes in international art house cinema. While discussing a potential partnership for the ACP Film Series, their curator/programmer suggested a Romanian film called "The Dead Nation" which sounded fascinating (trailer here) and is directly related to the intersection of cinema and photography.

"The Dead Nation is a documentary-essay, which shows a stunning collection of photographs from a Romanian small town in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The soundtrack, composed mostly from excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, shows us what the photographs do not: the rising of the anti-Semitism and eventually a harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust, a topic which is not very talked about in the contemporary Romanian society."
The Dead Nation is available for viewing on MUBI starting today, and if you appreciate global cinema, experimental filmmaking, and the best independent filmmakers in the USA, you'll appreciate their rotating slate of 30 films (only) they always have on view. If you want to know more about what's happening in the world of cinema, their "Notebook" is a great read. If you end-up signing-up, tell them Atlanta Celebrates Photography sent you!

ACP Open Exhibition Awards

We had a great time Saturday celebrating the more than 500 photographers who participated in the ACP Open Exhibition at Binders. Awards were presented by juror Michael James O'Brien. Thanks to all the schools, students, adults, senior centers and photographers who participated! Here's a gallery of winners and their work.

Keeping Up With ACP During #acpfest

We couldn't be more excited about our 20th anniversary, and we'll be going as fast as we can go for the next six or seven weeks. The best way to keep in touch and find out about what's happening during the festival is to sign-up for our email list. It's old-fashioned, simple, dependable, and it works.

The ACP 2018 Festival Guide site is: and is the latest reflection of the best information we have concerning all events and exhibitions. There have been many changes since the printing of the Festival Guide in August, and as the festival kicks into swing, should be your first stop in planning to see great photography across the city this fall.

On the social front, we're Instagram-first this year, and will be posting (and re-posting!) about all events at participating venues, including our own programming @atlantacelebratesphotography. If you want to be sure to not miss a post, turn on your notifications! (All posts in your feed are shuffled out-of-order by Facebook's algorithms.) Here's how to keep up with #acpfest:

"From your phone, open our profile in the Instagram app. Next, tap the triple-dot in the upper-right corner, and from that menu, tap Turn on Post Notifications."
Most of our Instagram posts will make it to our Facebook @atlantaphotofestival. The posts will be shuffled out-of-order by Facebook's algorithms, so if you want to be sure you don't miss anything, click the "Following" pull-down menu, click "See First" and cross your fingers.

We're also on Twitter (@acptweets) which works well for real-time updates, especially related to situations like parking, ticket issues, impacts weather might have on the festival, and things that are immediate.

All said, Instagram's your best bet for the widest view of what's happening during #acpfest, and this blog will be fairly quiet as we concentrate on delivering robust email updates and timely posts on Instagram. Thanks for the support!

ACP Photographers’ Conference – Registration Now Open

ACP Photographers' Conference

Oct. 19/20 - Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
Registration now open!

Featuring workshops, masterclasses, and consultations from Richard Renaldi, Holly Andres, Ruddy Roye, Sue Morrow, Derek Blanks, Matt Eich, Morrigan McCarthy, Kelly Sidley, Barbara Griffin, Greg Harris, Matthew Rond, Anna Skillman & Jennifer Yoffy.

Plus a Photo Fair, open-to-the-public, on Saturday!

New Trailer for Winogrand Documentary, Screening Tues., Oct. 9 at Midtown Arts Cinema

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable OFFICIAL TRAILER from Pieshake Pictures on Vimeo.

We couldn't be happier about bringing the new documentary about Garry Winogrand to Atlanta during the festival, on Oct. 9th at Landmark Midtown Fine Art Cinema, and here's a new trailer. Tickets are free - get yours today!

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ACP Selected as a Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program

We're happy and grateful to announce ACP is one of 45 Atlanta-area organizations to be a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program.

"The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development."
"We are so proud to be among the organizations in Atlanta selected for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management program. This generous financial support, coupled with intensive training over the course of 2 years, will make all recipient organizations stronger and better able to serve our communities."
-Amy Miller, Executive Director"

[VIDEO] “Photographer Zach Wolfe is Still Hungry”

Great to see this Adobe Create profile of Atlanta-based photographer Zach Wolfe, who was a featured speaker in 2014 for our ACP Spotlight Series with Bitter Southerner.

FIVE days left to participate in #acpfest!

If you've dreamed of seeing your photos in an exhibition, or wondered what your photography would look like on the walls of your favorite coffee shop, now's your chance!

Each year, photographers reach out to venues to join the country's largest annual community-based photography festival.  From sandwich shops and nail salons to the walls of The High Museum, venues across the city collaborate with artists and photographers to transform Atlanta with the power of photography.

Deadline is July 8 to submit your photography-related event or exhibition for the ACP 2018 Festival Guide. If you've been waiting to share your work with the world, it's your turn

(Please note: there will be no deadline extension in 2018!)

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