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Photo courtesy of Slow Exposures.
Pike County, Georgia to welcome the 20th annual “Slow Exposures Photography Festival” Celebrating the Rural South September 15-17

ZEBULON - This September, Pike County, Georgia, celebrates the 20th annual festival that features photography that captures the beauty, the complexity, and the contradictions of the rural American South. This agricultural county of small rural towns and just two traffic lights welcome visitors from across the country.

Winner of the 2015 Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, the show prides itself on being a blend of art and history. Photo exhibitions are displayed in late nineteenth-century buildings throughout Zebulon and Concord in Pike County, which was founded in 1822. The settings underscore the show’s founders’ goal of demonstrating the value of repurposing—and, saving—historic buildings.

The Main Show is presented in Concord, GA in a 19th-century building that still bears the marks of 120 years of trading groceries and dry goods to the area’s sharecroppers and tenant farmers. This year’s jurors, Aline Smithson of Los Angeles and Alexa Dilworth of Durham, NC collaborated in choosing 75 images from the 800 that were entered from photographers from across the country. Once visitors “check in” at the show, they will receive a map of the county that guides them to 7 satellite shows. These sites include the “PopUp Tour” juried by Jerry Atnip of Nashville which features five individual and group shows staged in nontraditional venues in and around the Courthouse Square in the county seat of Zebulon.

Show-goers will collect a unique stamp in their PopUp Passport at each show to exchange for tickets to participate in the PopUp Print Raffle at the Saturday Supper. Other satellite shows and a photo book-signing roundtable will be presented in historic buildings and barns in the area.

“We can't wait to greet photographers and photography lovers to Pike County and the SlowExposures experience," said Chris Curry, Co-Chair of the SlowExposures team. Through the course of the show, visitors take home memories, genuine experiences, inspiration, and, maybe, challenges to long-held assumptions of what constitutes this region,” Curry said.

Just The Facts:
Who: “Slow Exposures: A Juried Exhibition Celebrating Photography of the Rural South”
Where: Pike County, Georgia When: September 15 - 17, 2023
Why: www.slowexposures.org

Submitted 7.17.23