Tuesday, March 19, 2013

'A Great Day in Atlanta' hits 10-year mark

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:10 AM

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since photographer John Crooms snapped the now-historic photo "A Great Day in Atlanta."

The image - which was co-developed by ATL-based cultural event promoter Kemi Bennings (who, along with photographer Annette Brown, recently produced the photo exhibit "Ministers of Sound") and patterned after the legendary, 1950s-era, jazz-oriented photo "A Great Day in Harlem" - gathered together dozens of singers, musicians, DJs, tastemakers, and more from Atlanta's soul scene (such as Funk Jazz Kafe creator Jason Orr, vocalist Dionne Farris, Speech from Arrested Development, and DJ Kemit, among many others) and was shot at Clark Atlanta University in 2003.

Well, a full decade after its debut, Crooms and Bennings are celebrating the picture's anniversary with a series of events, the first of which is a reshoot featuring as many of the photo's original subjects as they can corral, along with many of the city's new movers and shakers. The shoot will take place at Clark Atlanta's Woodruff Library on March 30, and the new photo will be unveiled later this year.

"This reshoot is very important because unfortunately, though there is a lot of information in this new digital era, a lot gets lost, and there are younger folks or the next wave that's coming in who really don't quite understand how Atlanta got to the point of where its at," said Crooms, a New Jersey native who attended Morehouse in the late 1980s. "There are people that have paved the way."

For more information about "A Great Day in Atlanta," contact a.duncan@alist-co.com.

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