Speaking of Photography: A Conversation- APG’s origins and Atlanta’s vibrant photographic community

Speaking of Photography
Date(s) - 10/18/2019
Time(s) - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Atlanta Photography Group (APG) for a special conversation with Chip Simone, John McWilliams & Nancy Marshall. This event marks the beginning of a series of conversational events that will highlight a look back at the origins of the Atlanta Photography Group and Atlanta’s vibrant photography community. Original NEXUS photography group members will be attending.

Conversation: October 18, 6:00pm-7:30pm at MocaGA

Free and open to the public, limited seating is available.

Immediately following this event will be the opening reception for APG exhibitions:
Alan Avery Selects & Sweet Ride: John McWilliams and Nancy Marshall.

About Chip Simone

Atlanta photographer Chip Simone has been exhibiting since 1966. He is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with photographer Harry Callahan. He was a founding member of NEXUS, Atlanta’s first photography gallery which later became the Atlanta Photography Group. In 1982 Simone received a Photographers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His prints are included in major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The High Museum of Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.

 About John McWilliams

John McWilliams, a renowned photographer, was born in July 1941 in Pittsfield, Maine. He received his BFA and MFA degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and afterward traveled to the South in search of inspiration for his photography. In 1969 he began teaching photography at Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, eventually becoming director of the GSU School of Art and Design. During his tenure, McWilliams also served on the Fulton County Arts Council and as a board member for Nexus (later the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, cofounded by Steven Foster) and the Atlanta Photography Group. Among the numerous accolades McWilliams has received are the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in photography. His work is represented in the collections of the Modern Museum of Art in New York City and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1989 McWilliams published Land of Deepest Shade: Photographs of the South, a book of seventy black-and-white images, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

After retiring from GSU, McWilliams moved to McClellanville, South Carolina, where he continues his work in photography, as well as in relief printmaking and drawing. His photographs Alabama, Ireland ’78, and Washington County, Georgia, are part of Georgia’s State Art Collection.

About Nancy Marshall

Nancy Marshall is a native Atlantan now residing in McClellanville, S.C. She received her M.F.A. in Photography in 1996 from the School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Marshall served as Senior Lecturer in photography at Emory University from 1988-2005. Photographs are in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA and Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL. She received the Nexus Press N.E.A. Book Award and the Southern Arts Federation Fellowship in Photography. She was also a Genesis Project Fellow at the Genesis on Ossabaw Island. She has photographed the southern landscape extensively and is interested in the antiquarian photographic processes.

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