A photography exhibition presented by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography and The Bitter Southerner.



Picturing Justice is a photography exhibition presented by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography and The Bitter Southerner. The annual exhibition explores how photography can illuminate the human stories that live behind such common shorthand as “case”, “client” or “issue” so we can better experience, empathize, and advocate for the lives that are improved by this important work. This year’s Picturing Justice features a group exhibition as well as a photo-essay created by photographer Melissa Golden and writer Robin McDonald for the The Bitter Southerner, an incredible multimedia magazine telling real stories about the American South.
Free and open to the public, the exhibition will be mounted at Atlanta Legal Aid’s downtown Atlanta headquarters at 54 Ellis Street from October 3 to October 30. Exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 12:00  PM to 4:00 PM and by appointment.

The Photographers

Melissa Golden is an Atlanta, GA based photographer whose work focuses on the intersections of politics, economics, religion, public health and entertainment.

Over the course of her career she’s toured with rock stars, covered three presidential elections, gone to prison multiple times, stood in the middle of a raging forest fire, and has met and photographed some of the world’s most interesting people.

Her photography is noted for both its humor and humanity and has been published, awarded and exhibited internationally. See more on her website.

Dustin Chambers is an independent visual journalist based in his hometown of Atlanta, Ga. His work tells the stories of underrepresented communities and looks for the invisible, intangible elemental threads that unify everyone and everything.

For the past three years, he has spent much of his time on the Westside of Atlanta documenting the lives of families and community members as their neighborhood undergoes rapid development around the new Mercedes-Benz stadium and The Atlanta BeltLine.

Dustin has previously served as a photo editor at CNN and Creative Loafing Atlanta. He is a regular contributor for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Atlanta Magazine. See more on his website.


Beate Sass has a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Southern California  and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of California, San Francisco. She discovered photography in her mid-forties and became passionate about visual storytelling. As a photographer, Sass has found it most rewarding to photograph people in their familiar environments and to record their stories. She works part-time as a physical therapist while pursuing photographic interests. See more of her work on her website.

Hundreds of national magazine assignments over several decades prepared  Robin Rayne for the work she’s doing now as a photojournalist and filmmaker for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.

“Everyone has a story if you dig deep enough.” Those words from a professor shaped Robin’s career as a magazine, newspaper and documentary photojournalist. Robin’s focus in recent years has been the disability community, producing stories of struggles and victories of those who have been shunned, misunderstood, ignored and sometimes feared.

Robin has a passion for making pictures and telling stories that expose, reveal, enlighten and encourage, and is drawn to social justice and human rights issues. Learn more on her website.

Daniel D. Edwards is an artist that uses photography to address sensitive social and personal topics.  His goal is to spark constructive conversation.  Educated in photography at SCAD, his work has beeen featured in the New York Times, The Zeal Life, and will be on the FENCE 2018.

“My purpose as an artist is to be an archivist.  To hold space for stories, for experiences that cause people to think critically about their world.  To know better, so we can do better.”

Andrew Lichtenstein, a native of New York City, is a documentary photographer, journalist, and teacher who works on long term stories of social concern. Over the last two decades he has concentrated on photographing stories about social justice in America. 

As a working photographer and journalist, Andrew’s photographs on a wide variety of subjects have appeared in newspapers, magazines, web sites, and books.  In 2007, Charta published his first book, Never Coming Home. In 2017, West Virginia University Press published his book, co-authored with his brother Alex,  Marked, Unmarked, Remembered; A Geography of American Memory.

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception
6:00 pm 8:00 pm
King & Spalding Event Hall at 54 Ellis

Our Partners

Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. Primarily, by producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, we provide experiences that engage and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

ACP hosts an annual, citywide photography festival in October: the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. The festival includes a wide variety of exhibitions and multiple events around Atlanta and throughout the surrounding communities. The festival’s diverse offerings bring together professional and amateur photographers, general art enthusiasts, gallery owners, critics, and collectors.

Throughout the year, ACP sponsors additional community programming and opportunities specifically for the professional development of photographers. Get involved with ACP to find out how you can contribute and participate!

The Bitter Southerner

“The Bitter Southerner exists to support anyone who yearns to claim their Southern identity proudly and without shame — regardless of their age, race, gender, ethnic background, place of origin, politics, sexual orientation, creed, religion, or lack of religion.

To do our part, we will focus our work on the two things we do best: telling stories and convening discussions, 24/7 in the online world and every chance we get in the real world — for the sake of the story and for the love of the South. 

And in the process, we’ll have a drink or two.”

Learn More

Hours & Directions
The Picturing Justice exhibit is at Atlanta Legal Aid’s Headquarters: 54 Ellis Street Atlanta, Georgia 30303 ...
About the Gallery
54 Ellis: Its History and Remarkable Residents Just as the Atlanta Legal Aid Society has evolved and grown ...

Event Sponsors

 Commission in Memory of Judge Marvin Shoob by His Clerks and Family

Catalogue in Honor of the Career of Justice Harris Hines, Georgia Supreme Court, 1995-2018 by the Hon. Roy E. & Marie Barnes

Mary E. Haverty Foundation

Ballard Spahr LLP

Paula Lawton Bevington

Homrich Berg