Talented artist are created by taking the time to hone their skills. Allen Cooley is a talent to be reckoned with. He is an adjunct professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Cooley is a talented commercial photographer with his work gracing many magazine covers and billboards of beautiful celebrities. He is a great resource to fellow photographers and conducts workshops for the photographic community. He is an accomplished fine art photographer with several stirring bodies of work to his credit and many satisfied collectors around the country. Arnika Dawkins Gallery is glad to represent Allen Cooley!
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Atlanta Journal Constitution journalist Rosalind Bentley features Chester Higgins: Unseen Spirit; a retrospective of portraits by the New York Times Staff Photographer.
I am thrilled when clients decide to make an acquisition of Fine Art Photography. I am intrigued by their selection and where they chose to hang it in their home or office; what their friends say and to learn about the conversations that are generated.
Elevena and Darvin Mayo are Arnika Dawkins Gallery collectors from Houston. Take a look at how in their lovely home they chose to hang Allen Cooley’s Old Rich Man.
“This particular piece of art, Old Rich Man by photographer Allen Cooley, is the center piece of my limited collection. It is the second significant piece of art you see when you enter our home. The first is a William Toliver that adorns the foyer. I was drawn to this piece by Mr. Cooley because it reminds me of my southern roots and values. This non-descript gentleman could’ve been my neighbor or relative growing up in Southern Alabama.” – Collector, Darvin Mayo
If you have called the gallery; attended an exhibition reception or interacted with the gallery in anyway; chances are you have encountered Rebecca. I affectionally call her “B”.
‘B’ is a great photographer in her own right with aspirations of opening a gallery before she turns 30! She is an incredible resource for the gallery and I have claimed her as my right hand woman and often times she acts as my second brain.
When you encounter her you will be amazed.
I am delighted to be attending the Black Portraiture[s]: The Black Body in the West conference. Hosted by the Tisch School of Art – Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University and the W.E. DuBois Institute at Harvard; participants and panelist from all over the world will discuss the black body and explore new ways to discuss how the black body is imagined in the west.
Today the auditorium of l’Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts was standing room only. In French and English were topics about race, imagery and it’s impact on our current society; including Exoticism and Ambiguity. The 140 Panelists are experts in their fields and well versed in the academics of their topics. I am looking forward to the visuals and the dialog that will sure to stimulate much thought and observation.
2012 started out with my annual trip to PhotoLA where galleries from around the world showcase and exhibit vintage masterworks as well as contemporary photography. Held at the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium this fair is where I saw some fantastic fine art photography.
Later in the spring I attended The Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) the annual photography show held at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory. This year’s fair did not disappoint. Seventy-five of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries displayed classic and contemporary work from established and emerging fine art photographers. I go for the reason that AIPAD’s President, Stephen Bulger stated, “the AIPAD Photography Show is an unparalleled opportunity to see the finest historical and contemporary work from around the world.” It is simply wonderful to see great work up close and personal.
I was delighted that I got an opportunity to meet Bill Eppridge while at the fair. He is delightful and I absolutely love his work. My favorite image is The Chainey family as they depart for the burial of James Chaney, Meridian, Mississippi, August 7, 1964. It was incredible to hear first hand about the day he captured this image.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Elisabeth Sunday whose mirror images of nomadic tribes and Akan Fishermen captivates you and takes you to a place that you have likely not been before.
Her work is stunning and is presented in platinum palladium which adds an elegance that renders the images palpable. She photographs her subjects through a curved mirror, which she feels “releases her subjects’ true souls and inner spirit.”
I also made time in 2012 to attend Art Basel Miami Beach. Well known to be the premiere art fair in North America, Miami is the place to see the galleries that are among the world’s most respected art dealers who offer exceptional work by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. It is art on steroids!
Everywhere I turned I saw interesting work. I especially enjoyed attending the many satellite fairs that have cropped up in the 12 year existence of this Art Basel Miami. It is a wonderful feeling to be amongst people that enjoy art and desire to soak it all in. I must admit however, one must pace themselves.
In graduate school while studying photography, my initial thought was that my professors would teach me how to make the most beautiful image I was capable of making, I thought that was their charge, certainly, mastering the technical aspects of this medium is essential. What I discovered however, was that the camera is the tool that best expresses what I have to say as an artist.
Fine Art Photography can be best distinguished from a mere photograph by the intent of the artist or concept behind the image. A snapshot versus a creative expression.
Out of all of the mediums of art, I believe photography is most accessible with the advent of the point and shoot camera, underwater cameras, disposable cameras and cell phone cameras; in our society everybody is a fine art photographer, or can be one; right? Not exactly, the main questions to distinguish fine art photography and photography to ask are;
Is this just another pretty picture or snapshot?
Does the image evoke something in you when you view it?
Does it answer a question for you?
Does it confront you?
Does it stir you?
Is it relatable?
All of the things fine art expresses can be expressed in a photograph as well. A painter uses a paintbrush, a sculptor uses clay; the medium of choice for a fine art photographer is a camera, a device that most people have. The difference is how does one express themselves with this tool?
That my dear friend is the difference between fine art photography and mere picture.
Chair, Allen Cooley
Love is in the air!
Don’t you love this image by gallery represented artist Builder Levy? It’s called Coney Island Couple. I love how she is diggin’ on him, diggin’ on her.
Arnika Dawkins Gallery was launched on a brisk October evening in Atlanta, GA during Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the city’s annual photography festival. The Gallery’s Exhibition, Black & White and Color showcased work by gallery represented artist; Allen Cooley, Marlene Hawthrone, Titus Heagins and Builder Levy. The gallery was a buzz with excitement at viewing the work by these talented artists. Stay tuned for upcoming Arnika Dawkins Gallery Exhibitions in Atlanta and around the nation.
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