History

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) was founded in 1998 as an artist-run organization seeking to amplify and elevate the medium of photography in Atlanta while supporting artists’ careers. Quickly, ACP became well-regarded for its lecture series and annual festival celebrating photography and its makers, which grew to become the largest community-based photography festival in the country.

For 25 years, ACP has produced dynamic programs and art activations, brought world-renowned photographers to Atlanta, and provided artists with educational and professional development opportunities. Photography enthusiasts, artists, and creatives know October is synonymous with photography in Georgia, and our 2022 programs reached over 300,000 people.

After much thoughtful consideration and strategic planning, on our 25th anniversary, Atlanta Celebrates Photography made the bold move to rebrand as the Atlanta Center for Photography (ACP). With that, on October 26, 2023, we opened the ACP Project Lab, the organization’s first year-round exhibition and programming space focused on solo exhibitions and the commission of new art. This unique platform supports our sustained commitment to broadening the reach and influence of lens-based media in the American South; it is a dynamic space that creates new opportunities for our community to convene, exchange, and engage in an arts dialogue.

ACP Staff

Executive Director
Lindsey O’Connor
lindsey@acpinfo.org

Program and Outreach Coordinator
Makeda Lewis
makeda@acpinfo.org

Digital Media Coordinator
José Ibarra Rizo
jose@acpinfo.org

ACP Board

Mary Stanley

President

Alex Delotch Davis

Vice President

Eli Kirshtein

Treasurer

Jamie Gordon

Secretary

Susan Anderson

Mark Goldman

Jamie Gordon

Bill Gubbins

Margaret Hiden

Mark Johnson

Cameron Kirkland

El Lewis

Ethan Martin

Jay Martin

Mshon Pulliam

Tracey Rice

Diwang Valdez

DL Warfield

ACP Advisory Council

Michael James O’Brien

Chair

Barbara Griffin

President Emerita

Corinne Adams

Bill Boling

Coco Conroy

George Chen

Cheryl D’Amato

Arnika Dawkins

Elizabeth Edge

Erin Fender

Beth Gibbs

Amanda Greene

Rachel LaCour Niesen

Judy Lampert

Le’Andra LeSeur

Bertram Levy

Elliott McKnight

Phyllis Rodbell

Anna Skillman

Murphy Townsend

ACP Sponsors

Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.

Our program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is provided by Massey Family Charitable Trust, LUBO Fund, and Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Program support is provided by Aperturent and Lightpoint.