Atlantans celebrate photography 

A photo essay of festival winners and other favorites that captured the spirit of city

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With the advent of digital photography has come the rapid democratization of the art form. Over the course of a decade or so, photography has been transformed in terms of accessibility and creation. Cameras are now ubiquitous — almost everybody has one in some form, from digital SLR to camera phone. At no other moment in history have people been able to so readily capture what's in front of them.

This year, Creative Loafing partnered with Atlanta Celebrates Photography for its My Atlanta exhibit, a pushpin show open to everyone and anyone in the metro area. 2010 was a record-setting year for the annual exhibit, tallying 713 photographs now on display at the Piedmont Park Community Center. CL's A&E Editor Debbie Michaud, Arts Columnist/Critic Cinqué Hicks, and Photo Assistant Tara-Lynne Pixley judged the hundreds of photos in 16 categories. This photo essay brings together a selection of the winners (an 8-year-old scored the Critics Choice award!) and some of our other favorites (check out the cover shot) that particularly captured the spirit of Atlanta, along with the heartfelt words of the artists.

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