Book Signing: Anne Berry & Dale Niles

Date(s) - 05/14/2022
Time(s) - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location
Atlanta Photography Group


Book Signing, Artists Talk, and Exclusive Print Sale

APG is excited to host a day of book signing and artist talks featuring APG members, Anne Berry and Dale Niles. The artists will each give a talk about their projects, and their experience with the self-publishing process. Copies of Behind the Glass by Anne Berry and What Lies Within by Dale Niles will be available for sale, and the artists will be available to sign your copy. Anne and Dale will also be offering limited edition prints created exclusively for this event.

Behind the Glass

by Anne Berry

Behind the Glass is a series of portraits of primates made over the course of ten years in small zoos throughout Europe. Alone, patient and silent, in these monkey houses Anne Berry establishes a more than passing connection with her subjects. She captures the unique personality of each of these animals; it is clear that they are posing for her, and that there exists a human-primate bond. Berry’s goal is to motivate people to feel compassion for primates and an obligation to protect them. Most of the primates she photographs qualify as endangered, and all of them are facing stress from loss of habitat and human activity. The plight of primates on earth is urgent; our indifference will condemn them to extinction, and we will follow.

Behind Glass has been featured in ArtsAtl, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lenscratch, The Guardian, National Geographic, All About Photos, Gente Di Fotografia (Italy), Photoworld (China), Feature Shoot, Black + White Photography Magazine, Slate Magazine, CNN Photos, F-Stop Magazine, and PhotoNews (Germany).  It is held in many permanent collections, including The National Gallery of Art.

Anne Berry’s book Behind Glass, awarded Best Photography Books 2021 by Elizabeth Avedon and All About Photo, is a hardbound edition of 472 copies. The 9” x9” Smyth-sewn book is 112 pages and features 50 duotone plates, a message from Jane Goodall, and essays by primatologist Jo Setchell and Atlanta art critic Jerry Cullum. The book is crafted with high-end stochastic screen printing on archival matte art paper with varnish on the photographs. A debased suede cover has a tipped-on image on the front and back of the book. $65

The signed and numbered collector’ s edition of 25 includes a debased suede slipcase and a hand- sewn Japanese stab-stitch folder containing two hand pulled photogravure prints. $350

“wonderful, very moving, should melt a few hearts.” – Jane Goodall

Berry’s photographs tug at our heart strings and elicit our empathy to all of those animals and individuals who are caged and incarcerated. This book constitutes a call to action for this planet and everything that lives on it, mankind, animals, insects and plants.  –Doug Stockdale, PhotoBook Journal


Anne Berry – Bio

Anne Berry is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Her photographs investigate the animal world, the domain of childhood, and the terrain of the Southern wilderness. She also explores themes and metaphors from literature.  In 2013 and 2014 Critical Mass included her work in their Top 50 Portfolios. Anne has exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England, SCAN Tarragona in Spain, The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Arts in New Orleans. Books include Through Glass (North Light Press, 2014) Primates (21st Editions, 2017), and Behind Glass, 2021. Anne’s work is featured in National Geographic, Feature Shoot, Hufffington Post, and Lens Culture, among others. Her work is in many permanent collections, including the National Gallery of Art. Anne lives in Newnan, GA and is represented by the Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston.

Web Site: www.anneberrystudio.com

What Lies Within: The Eclectic Collections of Andrea M. Noel

by Dale Niles

In life, every now and then something happens that one does not expect.  This is what happened to me over seven years ago when I entered the collector’s world of Andrea M. Noel. A friend had approached me and said that I might be interested in photographing Andrea’s collections.  After approaching her about the project, I was presented with a list of over sixty items.  Shortly after, I approached a beautiful home with a wraparound porch festooned with wisteria. I still had no idea of what lied within.

The items where a sundry of things that Andrea has spent years gathering from various locations including Paris, New York, Atlanta, and her small hometown in southern Georgia. This book is the result of our collaborative effort to illuminate the intrinsic beauty and value of these objects which have been artfully arranged, many with great whimsy and humor. She says that these items are a way for her to connect to people. All of the items have been used and discarded, they have had a previous life, a history, and a story to tell. When I first began this project, I thought the items were different than what most collectors would seek to curate and that piqued my interest. The relationship between a collector and his or her treasures is a rich and fascinating place to dwell. What began as a project documenting a series of collections, transformed into a photographic journey that reveals discarded objects beautifully arranged in artful designs. Andrea acts as playwright and director for these interactive scenes between collections. I see some of the objects and think “I remember my mother or my grandmother using that or having one of those.”  These are more than a bunch of ordinary things. Her collections are an archive of what came before.

As Andrea says, “Collectors are born, not made.” The urge to collect is a strong instinct. Collections allow us to relive and preserve our childhood, revisit a memory, and keep the past living in our present. They also help ease our insecurities and anxieties from loss. This book is a photographic collection of things of little concern to most people, but the way they are meticulously stored and put out for display gives them a new life, a new meaning, in a form of visual storytelling. And the story can change as the items and players are chosen and arranged differently to tell a new and playful story. They are an archive of what came before being reborn into an entertaining, ever-changing story.

I have learned a lot, made a friend, and discovered that even discarded, forgotten things can have value.

 


Dale Niles – Bio

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Niles’ formative years were spent with her family living in small, southern towns in Virginia and North Carolina. Inspired by the heritage of these locales, neighbors, and friends, she developed deep-seated southern roots that richly inform her photography practice with visual storytelling. Niles celebrates the diverseness of the human spirit, appreciating those qualities that make us delightfully unique, yet connected in many ways, particularly through shared experiences and preserved visual memories.

Niles majored in sociology at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. While exploring opportunities in her chosen field, she pursued her artistic interests, ultimately discovering that photography was her passion. The medium offers Niles a wide berth of options for technique, subject matter, and her creative process.

Exhibitions include group and solo installations across the United States, Canada, Paris, France, and Venice, Italy. Her prints are held in many private collections, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) and the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. A selection of her work is exhibited at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. She was selected for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 200, Ones to Watch , the Fence, an exhibition at Hartsfield International Airport, and she won the Virginia Twinam Purchase Award.

Featured publications include: Light and Shadow Magazine, SouthxSoutheast Magazine, Shots, Lenscratch, The HAND Magazine, and Oxford American.

Web Site: www.dalenilesphotography.com

Book Signing, Artist Talks, and Exclusive Print Sale
Location – APG Gallery
Date – Saturday, May 14, 2022
Time – 12:00-3:00PM
Artist Talks – 1:00-2:00PM

This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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