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Upcoming Atlanta Celebrates Photography highlights to consider


So many great photography events, so little time.

The Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2015 Festival Guide, out around town and online at festivalguide2015.acpinfo.org, lists 105 — count ‘em! — exhibitions, lectures, public art projects and more at venues across the metro area, most taking place during October.

Highlights include:

  • Documentaries on two Southern photographers, 7 p.m. Oct. 8: “Disfarmer: A Portrait of America,” on Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959) and his quintessential images of rural Arkansans, will be screened at SCADshow (the former 14th Street Playhouse). Also showing: “Picture Man,” a portrait of Atlantan Oraien Catledge (1928-2015) who chronicled the Cabbagetown mill neighborhood’s transformation. There will be post-screening talk-backs with “Disfarmer” associate producer Hava Gurevich and “Picture Man” producer Steve Bransford. Free. 173 14th St., Atlanta, 404-253-2740, scadshow.com.

    Omar Victor Diop’s portrait of Frederick Douglass is included in the exhibit “On Being Black,” opening Oct. 16 at the Arnika Dawkins Gallery. The exhibit and a panel discussion, Oct. 17 at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, are part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. CONTRIBUTED BY MAGNIN-A

  • “On Being Black” panel discussion, 11 a.m. Oct. 17: The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts photographers Sheila Pree Bright, Albert Chong, Allen Cooley, Renee Cox, Delphine Fawandu, John Pinderhughes and Deborah Willis for a free talk moderated by Kirsten Pai Buick of the University of New Mexico.

The photographers are among 20 top artists included in an Arnika Dawkins Gallery exhibit of the same name that promises a less verbal but equally compelling conversation about race. The show opens with a 6-9 p.m. Oct 16 reception and continues through Jan 22. at Dawkins Gallery, 4600 Cascade Road, Atlanta, 404-333-0312, www.adawkinsgallery.com. Spelman Museum: 350 Spelman Lane S.W., Atlanta, 404-270-5607.


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