Atlanta Celebrates Photography Announces 2018 Programming

Deana Lawson, Cowboys, 2014.

This afternoon, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the country’s largest community-oriented photography festival, announced programming for its twentieth-anniversary festival this fall. In addition to a bevy of nearly 100 photography exhibitions presented in conjunction with the festival, ACP has announced upcoming lectures by artists including renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz and 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Deana Lawson, whose work focuses on contemporary Black experience in America and was included in last year’s Whitney Biennial.

Lectures and events associated with ACP begin this week with the conversation between South African artist Zahele Muholi and London-based curator Renée Mussai, who organized Muholi’s exhibition “Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lionness,” opening on Friday, September 14 at the Spelman Museum of Fine Art. Tickets for the event have already sold out.

Self-portrait by photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Most well-known for the iconic celebrity portraits she’s taken for publications such as Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, Leibovitz will speak at the festival’s marquee event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on November 29 at 7:30 pm. Her lecture will be presented in conjunction with the release of the tenth-anniversary edition of her 2008 book Annie Leibovitz: At Work, published by Phaidon.

Lawson will speak at the High Museum of Art’s Hill Auditorium on Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm. She presented a solo exhibition of new work at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York earlier this year.

ACP’s 2018 programming also includes lectures by photographers Meghann Riepenhoff and Derek Blanks, both of whom are Georgia natives. Find a complete listing of events and exhibitions associated with Atlanta Celebrates Photography on the festival’s website.

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