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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Book Signing: "Black Belt Color"

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Avid Bookshop (Five Points), 1662 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, Georgia
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Avid Bookshop presents photographer Jerry Siegel in celebration of his book "Black Belt Color," published by the Georgia Museum of Art. "Black Belt Color: Photographs by Jerry Siegel" includes 65 full-color, full-page images of Siegel’s photographs of the Black Belt, from the 1990s to the present decade, including seven panoramic fold-outs. It features an essay by museum director William U. Eiland, a brief essay by the late Alabama writer Mary Ward Brown (who was a close friend of Siegel’s) and a long interview in which Siegel reflects on his career and his process.

Siegel was born in 1958 in Selma, Alabama. He went away to college and ended up working in Atlanta, but he kept coming back to the town where he grew up, fascinated by its people and places. As Selma’s population decreased, and businesses shut their doors, he captured what was disappearing through his camera, as well as what remained. Siegel built a successful career as a commercial photographer in Atlanta, then moved into art photography. Fascinated by other artists, he took portraits of Lamar Dodd, William Christenberry, Radcliffe Bailey, Benny Andrews and others. That series, known as "Facing South," was published in a book of the same name in 2011 by the University of Alabama Press and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. His photographs are in the collections of museums including the Ogden Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Georgia Museum of Art, as well as in many private and corporate collections, and he has had solo exhibitions at museums around the South.