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2012: The Year in Pictures 

Joeff Davis

JANUARY 19, 2012, 9:15 A.M., GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER: Members of the Morehouse College and Spelman College glee clubs perform following Mayor Kasim Reed’s State of the City address.


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OCTOBER 13, 2012, 4:04 P.M., THE MASQUERADE: A break-dancer smashes his face on the ground to prove himself to the judges at the A3C B-boy Battle.


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Dungeon Family reunion at the Star Bar, b-boy breakdancing competition at the Masquerade, plus Killer Mike and GZA at Terminal West


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JULY 6, 2012, 7:43 P.M., 15TH AND PEACHTREE STREETS: gloATL’s first of five free, public dance performances, “Utopia Station #1.”


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Photo Gallery: gloATL's Utopia station #1 at 15th and Peachtree

gloATL's first of five free, public dance performances, "Utopia Station #1," went down Friday, July 6, 2012 at the corner of 15th and Peachtree streets.


Dustin Chambers

JUNE 11, 2012, 8:54 P.M., ATLANTA BELTLINE: This image was shot for the “Our Favorite Places” issue. One of my favorite places in Atlanta is this swing on Three Tree Hill on the Beltline just as you cross over North Avenue, headed south. The plan was to make it up the hill just as the sun was setting to capture the skyline and a person’s swinging silhouette against one of Atlanta’s vibrant orange-pink summer sunsets. Lily Chambers, my trusty model/assistant/stylist/sister, agreed to be in the photo. I figured out an exact time we should get there, knew exactly when the sun set, and told her to be ON TIME, in capital letters, as older brothers are allowed to do. Unfortunately, she was not, but we sped away from my house, anyway, thinking we’d still make it in time for a bit of the sunset. As we drove, I saw the neon-pink cloud streaking the orange sky, gradating into an airy, light blue. That was the sky I wanted, the one I imagined for the photo. My heart sank, I knew it would be gone, but we still had a photo to make. I’ll never know what that sky could have been, and I think that’s OK. If we had made it for the sunset, I probably wouldn’t have stayed to explore the dark, dusky blues that glow just before night.


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Joeff Davis

OCTOBER 29, 2012, 2:47 P.M., UNDERNEATH INTERSTATE 20, I75/85 INTERCHANGE: Rarely do all the elements of a photograph — subject, light, color, emotion — come together in a single 1/60th of a second. This was one of those rare moments. Thomas Wheatley and I spent an intense week interviewing and photographing people who live under the highway for a cover story on homelessness. As we walked away from interviewing “Skipper,” a homeless former airport cargo worker, I turned and I saw this.


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Dustin Chambers

SEPTEMBER 1, 2012, 9:43 P.M., MARRIOTT MARQUIS LOBBY: A man adorned in light bulbs poses at Dragon*Con.


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Photo Gallery: Dragon*Con Parade

An epic strut of the best costumed stream down Peachtree dressed as characters from comic books, video games, television, and many classic films


Joeff Davis

MAY 11, 2012, LATE AFTERNOON, OAK GROVE DRIVE, DECATUR: This is from CL’s Summer Guide 2012 photo shoot. It was taken underwater at a friend’s pool near Toco Hills and featured local photographer Matt Miller — he’s the one covered in tattoos — and other volunteers. We shot the cover and inside photos in about two hours. By the end, everybody was shivering.


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SEPTEMBER 28, 2012, 7:44 P.M., FAIRBURN, GA.: A man carries a woman across thick mud near amusement rides at the CounterPoint Music Festival.


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Photo Gallery: CounterPoint Music Festival

Thousands of die-hard electro heads camped out for three days to hear headliners Skrillex, Crystal Castles, Pretty Lights, and a handful of hip-hop acts such as Big Boi and Wale. There was a Ferris wheel and L.E.D. hula hoops, too.


Dustin Chambers

MAY 8, 2012, 11:44 P.M., PONCE DE LEON AVENUE: I came across a man passed-out drunk on the sidewalk on Ponce. I waited around him and made a few photos of the scene. Slowly, more and more passers-by stopped to see him, their curiosity eventually turning into an effort to revive him in hopes that he would wake up before the cops picked him up. Young men laughed and slapped him, a concerned older woman in a robe came out of her house and poured water on his head, which made him stir for a few moments, only to flop back into his original position. I knew that the people around me would disapprove of me photographing the man’s vulnerable moment, but I felt like it was important, so I secretly made this photo just as the paramedics showed up. I foolishly tried taking a few more as they pulled him onto the gurney and was immediately yelled at by the paramedics. “Don’t you dare take photos right now. This is not a joke,” they screamed. To have protested in the moment felt inappropriate, but I was saddened and discouraged to see that that’s how they read my actions. It was certainly not a joke.

Joeff Davis

SEPTEMBER 3, 2012, 11:21 P.M., CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Roughly two dozen demonstrators marched around the city on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. They were trailed by hundreds of police on foot, in patrol cars, on motorcycles, on bicycles, and in a helicopter. Marchers shouted a variety of chants as they marched, including “Fuck the police!” and “This is what a police state looks like,” while the gigantic police force mirrored their every step.


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MARCH 24, 2012, 10:37 P.M., W HOTEL – MIDTOWN: A couple poses at WonderGlo, an arts event hosted by WonderRoot and gloATL.


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JANUARY 21, 2012, 9:37 P.M., HILTON HOTEL, COLUMBIA, S.C.: Thinking that Newt Gingrich might win the South Carolina primary, I got in my car and drove like mad to Columbia. The Hilton’s Palmetto State Ballroom was packed so tight you could not breathe — it was the hottest I’ve ever been. I was rewarded with this image of a sweaty, devilish Newt Gingrich at the podium delivering his victory speech. Afterward, I could not find where I parked my car for more than an hour.


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JUNE 7, 2012, 10:22 A.M., ATLANTA ZOO: Feeding time in the tortoise area.


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APRIL 14, 2012, 5:21 P.M., NORTH AVENUE: I found this on the sidewalk of North Avenue just up the street from Glen Iris Drive. It was completely confounding at the time, and magical in some ways. It was just one singular octopus tentacle drying up in the middle of the sidewalk. Sure, it might’ve been from nearby Gekko Sushi, but really how did it get there? And why? I’ll never know, and I’m wholly content with that.


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AUGUST 26, 2012, 3:31 P.M., TAMPA BAY, FLA.: Michael Phillips, 31, lays on a gurney in a park in Tampa the day before the start of the Republican National Convention. He had a sign propped on him that said, “I am voting for President Obama because I support a president who believes people with disabilities should live in communities.” Phillips suffers from the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). He came to the convention area with his mother and brother. His mother, Karen Clay, explained that they are only able to take care of Michael at home because of a Medicare waiver that they receive that helps them pay for his care, and if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were elected, he would likely need to be institutionalized.

“Paul Ryan’s budget cuts $800 billion over 10 years directly from Medicaid and no insurance company would ever insure him,” she said.


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JULY 1, 2012, 6:50 P.M., THE BOOKHOUSE PUB: Partnered contestants shovel churros, hot dogs, and cake into each other’s mouths at the gastropub’s Fourth of July celebration.


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JANUARY 11, 2012, 5:38 A.M., CENTRAL AVENUE: At roughly 5 a.m., state police descended on a large homeless encampment downtown. For more than two months, homeless people, who said they had nowhere to go, lived on a small ledge of concrete a block from the Gold Dome and across from City Hall. Michael (pictured), who has been homeless for 10 years, returned to the ledge to find his belongings being packed up by sanitation workers. He recovered his sleeping bag before it was tossed. He said he didn’t know where he’d go next.


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Homeless living along downtown ledge cleared out early this morning

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MARCH 30, 2012, 12:02 A.M., GEORGIA STATE CAPITOL: Every year at the end of the Georgia legislative session, the lawmakers throw their papers into the air to celebrate the end of the session, leaving the room a mess for others to clean up. The fraternity-like feeling at this moment is fitting. Every year I seem to miss capturing a decent image of this highly photogenic moment despite being in the middle of it. This year I was ready. As soon as the gavel went down I climbed on a window ledge and started shooting pictures like a madman.


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AUGUST 23, 2012, 1:48 P.M., SIG SAMUEL’S DRY CLEANING CO. ON MONROE AVENUE: An employee grabs a hanger for a crisply pressed shirt. This place was a dream to photograph. The front is your typical, well-kept dry-cleaner space, but behind the scenes in the back of the sprawling workspace, you’re transported into what feels like some sort of Terry Gilliam-directed dystopian future. Steam hisses and rises from loud machines that kachunk back and forth. Crisp, colorful clothes slowly slide along a conveyor belt that lines the brown walls. Everyone at the establishment seemed happy to be there, with some loyally working at the family-owned business for more than 20 years.


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Dustin Chambers

OCTOBER 13, 2012, 4:04 P.M., THE MASQUERADE: A break-dancer smashes his face on the ground to prove himself to the judges at the A3C B-boy Battle.


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Dungeon Family reunion at the Star Bar, b-boy breakdancing competition at the Masquerade, plus Killer Mike and GZA at Terminal West


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