When looking over a list of art institutions in Atlanta, it’s easy to overlook the many unique photography galleries the city houses. Atlanta’s galleries feature avant garde and contemporary works from up-and-coming and renowned photographers alike, and most offer free admission. Beyond just walking the halls of these museums, visitors can also attend lectures on new exhibits, making dreams of talking the talk of a seasoned art collector or photography expert well within in reach.

Hours: Tue to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free admission

This cute little white house located in Buckhead is home to 20th century and contemporary fine art photography.  Jackson Fine Art is well known for carrying some big name artists’ works and for participating in international art fairs such as AIPAD in New York, Paris Photo and Art Miami. An exhibition of University of Georgia graduate Todd Murphy’s work is on view through April 7. According to Murphy’s website, his work has been described as expressing “underlying artistic themes of metamorphosis, allusion, and life-in-the-moment.”

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Hours: Wed to Sat – Noon to 4 p.m.
Price: Free admission

Voted by  New York’s “Not For Tourists” guide book as a not-to-be-missed gallery, Atlanta Photography Group really can’t be beat. Photographers can bring their work to the gallery on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. for open feedback. For those looking to learn more about the appreciation of photography, visit the gallery on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. for “Speaking of Photography” to learn about contemporary issues and meet fellow photography buffs.

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(credit: Lumiere Gallery)

Hours: Tues to Thurs by appointment, Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free admission

Although a virtual tour is available on the website, visit the gallery in person for a cool experience–it’s free. Lumiere is home to diverse works of art from over 75 photographers. Photographs on display are comprised of work from artists from the 19th and 20th century and more contemporary practitioners. Ansel Adams’ work has been on display here along with new works from talent such as Vivian Maier. To get the full exhibit experience at Lumiere, join one of the talks or check out the film screenings scheduled with each new exhibition.

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(credit: Hagedorn Foundation Gallery)

Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Price: Free admission

The Hagedorn Gallery opened in 2008 with the goal of broadening Atlanta citizens’ exposure to photographic art. This gallery specializes in contemporary works by emerging and established artists whose work expresses cultural commentary on society and values. Some of the artists featured here–Jason Salavon, Penelope Umbrico, Lisa Kereszi, Jonathan Lewis, Susan Harbage Page, Jill Greenberg and Amir Zaki–have worked in top-notch museums.

Hours: Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. to5 p.m., and by appointment
Price: Free admission

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Jeff Rich: Foam From Pollution (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery)

Jennifer Schwartz promotes emerging photographers Southeast as well as established contemporary photographers. The gallery prides itself on helping introduce new talent to photography lovers through various exhibitions and artist talks. An upcoming exhibition will feature the work of Jeff Rich. On view from February 3 to March 17, Watershed: A Survey of the French Broad River Basin is a must-see for nature lovers.

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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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