Artist: Jerry Siegel | Location: Atlanta, Georgia
May 18 - July 27, 2019
I am a strong believer in place, and how a region, community, and a home shape who you are. The place I know, where I was raised, is the Black Belt region of the American South. It is how I was raised, as a Southerner and as a Jew in a small southern town, instilled with belief in family, tradition, and storytelling that motivates me to document the nuances of places. Places I call home. My stompin’ grounds.
Note: This exhibition finished hanging on July 27, 2019.
Born in Selma, Alabama, Jerry Siegel is a photographer living in Atlanta, Georgia, and working throughout the Southeast. Siegel focuses his work on traditions of portrait and documentary photography. His work in the Black Belt region of Alabama was recently published by the Georgia Museum of Art. This monograph, Black Belt Color, focuses on the unique cultural landscape of the Black Belt region of Alabama. His first monograph, Facing South, Portraits of Southern Artists, was published by the University of Alabama Press, and features portraits of 100 Southern artists. His most recent body of work, Reveal, is an intimate look behind the scenes into the illusion created by Drag artists. It has been said that Siegel is “an artist who observes, seeing the ordinary and revealing what makes it special. The things we look right past in our hurried daily routines, Siegel captures through the lens of his camera." Throughout his work, Siegel has sought to photograph what his eyes see and what his heart connects to. Renown photographer, the late Arnold Newman said about Siegel’s work, “This is how it should be done. This is not only the work of a professional but the work of an artist." Siegel's work is in many public, private and corporate collections including the High Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Do Good Fund, The Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, The Morris Museum, and numerous other museums.Artist Website