About the Exhibit
In conjunction with the 2016 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival, Atlanta Legal Aid Society will present an exhibition curated by Independent Curators Louise E. Shaw and Mary Stanley. Reflecting upon the mission-driven programs of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Picturing Justice features five documentary photographers whose work comments upon issues such as the working poor, disability rights, housing inequities, and grandparents or other relatives caring for children. Collectively, the photographs provide a deeper understanding of the challenges facing vulnerable populations in Atlanta and throughout the United States. Photographers include: Sheila Pree Bright, Dustin Thomas Chambers, Matt Eich and Harvey Finkle. In addition, Atlanta-based photographer Bryan Meltz has been commissioned to tell the story of one family’s experience with Atlanta Legal Aid’s Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Adoption Project.
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 13 to November 4. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and by appointment.
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Background of the Exhibit
Randy Hughes, past Atlanta Legal Aid president and current volunteer, invited Bill Boling, lawyer and photography enthusiast, to take a tour of 54 Ellis. Boling was particularly struck by Legal Aid’s fourth floor Event Hall with its 22′ ceiling, a perfect setting for a photography exhibit. Boling suggested that Legal Aid participate in this year’s Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the metro-wide photography festival that began in 1999 and will have between 150 and 170 events this year. A committee composed of Legal Aid current and former board members, Legal Aid staff and a few community members interested in photography approved the idea and moved forward with the plans.
Atlanta Legal Aid would like to thank the following collaborators:
- William Boling, Fall Line Press
- Atlanta Legal Aid Steering Committee chaired by Paula Lawton Bevington
- Legal Aid Fellows Alumni – Kacy Goebel and Jeff Mokotoff
- William H. Diehl, Legal Aid Intern from Georgia State University Law School
- Jonathan Warren, Mary Stanley Studio Intern Georgia State University Ernest G. Welch School of Arts & Science