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photograph of a ship on the water by Richard Misrach.

Event Details

January 13–February 3, 2022
Every Thursday
1:00 pm –2:30 pm


Registration is now closed
Members: $200
Not-Yet-Members: $250


High Museum of Art
Lecture Room, Education Center

Event Description

Join us for an engaging, conversational, discussion-based exploration of the sixteen artists included in Picturing the South: 25 Years. During this multiweek course, led by Michael David Murphy, we’ll place the artists and their commissioned work in a broader historical context while exploring and evaluating the relative strengths of the pieces in the exhibition. What makes a photograph Southern? What clichés, tropes, and cultural shorthand have the artists employed or rejected? How do commissions function as a method for supporting creative work? We’ll also look at how the work in the exhibition fits into the arc of the photographers’ creative careers by comparing how they photographed spaces beyond the South, and we’ll assess what it means to picture, to be pictured, and to be in the act (and support) of picturing.

This course will take place on four Thursdays, including January 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 2022.

Michael David Murphy's headshot in black and white.About Michael David Murphy
Michael David Murphy is an artist, writer, editor, and educator in Atlanta. His projects have received global recognition and have been featured on the Katie Couric show, MSNBC, the Today show, and HuffPost. His work, especially Unphotographable, has been exhibited widely and included in Festival Images Vevey in Switzerland, Brighton Photo Fringe, and more. He has edited and contributed to such publications as Aperture, Fall Line Press, Gray Wolf Press, WIRED, and FOTO8 and was a finalist for Georgia Author of the Year in 2017 for Inspired Georgia (UGA Press, 2016).

Please note: Participation in this course requires proof of vaccination. All participants will be asked to present a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination on the first day of class. In accordance with these protocols, participants must also present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.

Participants who are unvaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the seventy-two hours prior to each class or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of each class start time.

This short course series will take place in the lecture room of the Education Center and in the Picturing the South: 25 Years exhibition galleries. Stools and headsets will be provided. For more information, please email lifelonglearning@high.org or call 404-733-5034.

Image Credit: Richard Misrach (American, born 1949), Night Fishing, Near Bonnet Carré Spillway, Norco, Louisiana, 1998, printed 2012.