(Editor’s be aware: ArtsATL has introduced many tales in recent times in Atlanta’s artists’ personal phrases. This new sequence, “My Atlanta,” turns the highlight on photographers, who will use their photographs and supporting textual content as an instance how dwelling in Atlanta has impressed their careers and lives. Immediately we begin with documentary photographer Billy Howard. He is among the metropolis’s most distinguished photographers, and his work is a part of the everlasting collections of the Library of Congress, the Excessive Museum of Artwork, The Carter Presidential Heart, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Hartsfield-Jackson Worldwide Airport, The College of Georgia Faculty of Setting+Design, and MOCA GA. Negatives, prints, letters and ephemera from two of Howard’s documentary initiatives are archived within the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Uncommon Guide Library at Emory College.)
This summer season marks 45 years since I moved to Atlanta, a considerably gorgeous anniversary. My faculty roommate rented a townhouse and invited me to hunt my fortune within the large metropolis. I had no concept what I wished to do however knew that it didn’t embrace dwelling in my dad and mom’ home in Raleigh, North Carolina — one thing I’m fairly certain my dad and mom didn’t need both! Now, nearly a half-century later, I can’t consider a greater place to have staked my flag.
Town took me in, supplied me alternatives and friendships, and has seen me by way of a long time of affection and loss, ache and pleasure. I discovered my love for documentary images and telling the tales of others who wanted a voice — folks with AIDS, youngsters with most cancers, folks dwelling with disabilities and visible impairments, and youngsters with psychological well being challenges.
Atlanta is dwelling to a number of the most unbelievable nonprofits on the earth and so they have allowed me to doc folks in growing international locations affected by poverty and well being points. It has been a privilege that each one began with a job as a cub reporter for one in all Atlanta’s suburban weekly newspapers.
These photographs are an homage to the town that has given me a lot. Some have been taken not too long ago, through the pandemic, and a few a long time in the past. They signify each my love for the town and the alternatives the town has given me to inform its tales. They’re only a small snippet of a whole lot of hundreds of occasions I’ve clicked my shutter, and I current them as a poem of admiration for Atlanta.
Many artists make pilgrimages to New York or Paris, however Atlanta gave me the keys to the world.