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Chip Simone

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Born 1945, Worcester, Mass Chip Simone has been exhibiting photographs for more than four decades. He was educated in the visual arts and the history and traditions of creative photography at the world-renowned Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with American Master Harry Callahan. In 1973 he was a founding member of NEXUS, Atlanta's first photography gallery. In 1980 his work was exhibited at the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY. In 1982 he received a Photographers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1985 The French Ministry of Culture exhibited his photographs in the cities of Paris, Toulouse, and Angouleme as part of the Atlanta in France cultural exchange. In 1996, Chip published On Common Ground, Photographs from the Crossroads of the New South with a forward by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Chip Simone's photographs are in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Worcester (Mass.) Historical Museum, and the Sir Elton John Collection. In 2011 Mr. Simone will exhibit 70 photographs at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Mr. Simone has said:
"My pictures celebrate the very act of seeing. Although photography is dependent upon technology it should not be construed that a mechanical process dictates the photographic image. Instead it must be understood that making pictures with cameras is a complex and graceful human endeavor barely explained by reason or intellect and never assured by the flawless execution of craft. The potential of photography lies in its ability to render with a clarity and eloquence that bestows gravity to common objects and invests moments in time with a significance that transcends time. It is not what the photographer sees, but rather how the photographer sees that breathes life into a photograph."

Chip Simone

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