What To See And Do At The Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival

The ACP Open Exhibition runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 28.
Amateur and professional artists alike are invited to submit photography for display at the ACP Open Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Fall brings Atlantans a photo feast as Atlanta Celebrates Photography kicks off its 19th annual festival with a smorgasbord of exhibits, gallery receptions, artist talks, lectures and special events throughout the state.

The festival has more than 100 participating venues. Most events take place in Metro Atlanta, although participating locations extend from Newnan to Alpharetta and even north to Cartersville.

The festival officially runs the entire month of October, but many exhibits are already underway and extend after the festival, giving photography enthusiasts time to sample the entire buffet of lens-based media.

Here are some highlights of the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival:

The ACP Festival spans the month of October.
THE GEORGIA FENCE is a 250-foot exhibit of photos along Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Photo by Hannah Israel courtesy of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

ACP Open Exhibition (Sept. 30 through Oct. 28):

Formerly titled “My Atlanta,” the ACP Open Exhibition at Binders Art Supplies and Frames at Ponce City Market features art by photographers of all ages and experience levels who answered an open call to submit a favorite photo and compete for prizes. Come by to view the art, and see if someone you know has a hidden talent behind the lens! Entries are accepted Sept. 30 between 12 and 4 p.m., and the awards reception is Oct. 28 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Lecture Series (Oct. 3 through 21):

The ACP Lecture Series presents opportunities to learn more about the art of photography and hear directly from some highly respected artists and curators in the field. This year hear from Pete Souza, Marilyn Minter, Michael James O’Brien, John Waters and Paul Graham presented at a handful of venues across the city.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography spans the month of October.
The ACP Photo Book Fair is Oct. 14 and 15 at HATHAWAY | Contemporary Gallery. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

Photography Auction Gala (Oct. 7):

This annual fundraiser moves to the Porsche Experience Center this year for silent and live auctions that sandwich a three-course dinner. The highly curated selection of fine art photography is auctioned by Denise Bethel, former VP and head of Photographs, Sotheby’s New York. Organizers say exciting surprises also await attendees. Get your tickets early, as they traditionally sell out.

Art Book Fair (Oct. 14 and 15):

This Art Book Fair showcases photobook publishers, art/photography zines and published photographers along with a curated selection of photobook vendors. This two-day fair takes place at HATHAWAY | Contemporary Gallery.

ACP Film Series (Oct. 23):

The ACP Film Series explores the close connection between photography and film. Visit the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum to see “Nine Days from My Window in Aleppo,” which depicts observations recorded by Syrian photographer Issa Touma from his window during a series of uprisings.

ACP Public Art: THE FENCE (Through Nov. 2):

Visit the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail to see more than 700 feet of photography displayed outdoors in THE FENCE. The works reach across cultural boundaries and geographic lines with images by 40 photographers from across the globe. The exhibit is part of a larger initiative, and there are simultaneous exhibits happening in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Houston, Texas; Durham, N.C.; and Santa Fe, N.M. There is also a separate 250-foot-long local version of THE GEORGIA FENCE on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail that features works by 10 Georgia-based photographers. This exhibit traveled across the state through with stops in Savannah, Gainesville, Columbus and Thomasville.

For more information about the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, check out the gallery listings on Atlanta PlanIt. For a full list of events, view the interactive ACP Festival Guide.

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