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Ones2Watch with Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography is an organization that kills it year round for photography. Not only is the MONTH-LONG (which actually starts in September and goes into November, because there is so much programming) festival overwhelmingly stellar, ACP programs year-round and it a huge reason Atlanta's photography culture is so robust.  Ten years strong. . . hot damn. While ACP is celebrating it's 10th year, the annual gala auction benefit has been happening for five. There is an exciting live auction, led by Denise Bethel from Sotheby's, where inevitably you get swept up in the moment and wave a paddle you previously had no intention of raising.  There is also a silent auction with a variety of items (was so bummed to be outbid on the Martin Parr faces paperweight) and a selection of ten framed photographs from the Ones2Watch section.  For years I have poured over this part of the auction and bid mightily, and this year I was beyond honored to be invited to curate it.

I was asked to select ten photographs from ten photographers who are on the front lines of awesome.  Yes please!  The selection process was so much fun for me, but then seeing all of the pieces lined up on easels with each one framed to best showcase the image (thank you Myott!) was beyond, beyond.  And then to see all the bids flying!

Want an up-close peek at the images?  I thought so. Click on the image to visit the photographer's website.

Heather Evans Smith

Heather Evans Smith

Jeff Rich

Jeff Rich

Brandon Thibodeaux

Brandon Thibodeaux

Clay Lipsky

Clay Lipsky

Bill Vaccaro

Bill Vaccaro

Kurt Simonson

Kurt Simonson

Aline Smithson

Aline Smithson

Kelly K. Jones

Kelly K. Jones

Elizabeth Fleming

Elizabeth Fleming

E. Brady Robinson

E. Brady Robinson

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Spotted: Lady Blue in Sunny LA

Did you hear about the totally badass partnership between the Crusade for Collecting Tour and The Impossible Project?  I just got my goods in the mail, and I cannot wait to start photographing the crazy art adventure that begins this week! But there's also a contest, and who doesn't love a contest?  Here's the gist:  follow @Crusade4Art and @ImpossibleUSA on twitter.  Look for clues about where Lady Blue will be and when, and snag an instant photo of her.  Post to Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtag #crusadeimpossible, and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of three amazing swag packages from Impossible.  And if you show up at a pop-up with a polaroid of Lady Blue in hand, I'll lavish you with bumper stickers and buttons.  Official contest rules can be read here.

Well, wouldn't you know that one of my favorite polaroid photographers, Clay Lipsky (check out his Ten collection, all shot with Impossible film) has already tracked down Lady Blue in Santa Monica and taken the coolest shots of her? #crusadeimpossible!

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