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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Richard Skoonberg

Tonight, the Atlanta Photography Group is opening its gallery to anyone with work to hang ... or pin up, to be more precise.

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“The Push Pin is an opportunity for anybody and everybody to bring in their work and put it up on the walls,” APG Executive Director Beth Lilly says.

Jeanine Michna-Bales

The latest exhibit at Arnika Dawkins Gallery features the work of photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales.

Michna-Bales traveled 1,400 miles to sites along the Underground Railroad. She photographed the landscapes at night, seeing her surroundings much like how those traveling on the Underground Railroad would have experienced on the route.

“This was America’s first civil rights movement,” said Michna-Bales in an interview with Lois Reitzes. “I tried to pick a first-person viewpoint and try to look at what they could have possibly seen as they were moving.”

Courtesy Chip Simone

Chip Simone knows photography, and he is an authority on Georgia photographers in particular. Simone curated the first ever state-wide survey of contemporary photography for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. That exhibit closes this weekend, and the reviews have been glowing.

In an interview with Lois Reitzes on “City Lights,” Simone said that he did not want to limit the show to the traditional images of the rural and historic South – think photos of weathered barns, rusted pick-up trucks, fields of cotton and lots of kudzu.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography
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Fall brings Atlantans a photo feast as Atlanta Celebrates Photography kicks off its 18th annual festival with a smorgasbord of exhibits, gallery receptions, artist talks, lectures and special events throughout the state.

The festival has more than 100 participating venues. Most events take place in metro Atlanta, although participating locations extend from Newnan to Alpharetta and even north to Cartersville.