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JOHN SUMNER
Photographer
 
2966 Grandview Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30305
(c): 404-626-5698 (p): 404-237-2708
email: johnsumner12@comcast.net
website: www.jsumnersart.com
 
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
 
Exhibits
 
2011
25th Annual National Juried Exhibition
The Cultural Arts Center, Douglasville, GA
Juror: Angela D. Nichols, Director – Hudgens Center for the Arts
 
2007
Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York
Accepted for representation - www.rhondaschallerchealsea.com
Intimate Portraits, St. James, NY - Juror: Joyce Tenneson
 
Hambidge Art Center - Fulton County Grant for Fellow Residency
Art on Paper, LBI Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
Juror: Starr Figura, Asst Curator Museum of Modern Art, NYC
 
2005
Associated Artist, Winston Salem - “Face Value” cash prize
Juror: Marc Pachter - Director, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
 
2004
Nassau Community College, New York
Juror: Tina Kukielski, Curator, Contemporary Art - Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Art and Sciences National Juried photography - Juror:Katherine Ware
Reviewed: Pat Johnson: “Because I’m a writer, I have a prejudice for photographs with a narrative, so I loved Grandpa at the Fair by John Sumner.”
 
18th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition - Douglas County
Georgia Art Guild
Juror: Ben Apfelbaum
Second place: “The best southern photographs I’ve seen in the region.”
 
2001-2011
Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Juror: Fay Gold 01,03,05,07
Juror: Jane Jackson 02,06
Juror: Anna Skillman 04,08,11
 
Gallery 214, Montclair, NJH
Juror: Sid Sacks, University of Art, Philadelphia, PA
 
1999
Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Nexus Photographers
 
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Juror: Dr. J. Richard Gruber, Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
 
Savannah College of Art, Merit Award
Juror: Holly Solomon, New York Gallery
 
1998, 2005 and 2012 Triennial Exhibition
Huntsville Museum of Art, The Red Clay Survey
Jurors: Ruth Weisberg and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz
Jurors 2012: Janet Monafo and Paul Rahilly
 
1992
The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY
Juror: Sandra S. Phillips, Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Art
 
1983
Schatten Gallery, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Title: With Liberty and Justice For All
Exhibit included works by Walker Evans, Lewis Hine & James Van Der Zee
Paneled Jury: Dr. Ann Abrams
 
Erie Art Center, Erie, PA – Jurors: Duane Michals & Bea Nettles
Southeastern Photography Exhibit, Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Juror: George Tice
 
1979
Nexus Art Gallery, Atlanta GA
Two-person exhibit with Kiyoako Kato
Review from W.C. Burnett of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “…he operates from a very sympathetic viewpoint…an interesting attribute for a photographer.”
 
1977
Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Two-person exhibit with Mary Anstadt
Review by Geoffrey Perrin, Gazette Magazine: “His photographs are pure intensity of mood by simplification of form.”
 
Permanent Collections
Snite Museum of Art- University of Notre Dame
7 images; 3 images from NY exhibit
Mayor’s Corridor, Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta, GA
Title: Nell Ray and the Spirit. Chosen by Mayor Maynard Jackson
 
Corporate Sales
American Security Insurance; Greenberg Traurig;
John and Sue Wieland Collection; Lucinda Bunnen collection
 
Published Works
American Photo International Magazine contest 1996
Parade magazine: We the People. Jurors: Alex Haley, Dr. Joyce Brothers
B&W Special Issue: 2012 Single Image Contest. Silver Award winner.
 
Honored Accomplishments
Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC
One year representation with website/Group exhibit: 11/4-29, 2005
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Permanent collection – nine images
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia - Two images

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Biography of John Sumner

 

John Sumner has been photographing the American South for over 25 years. His timeless images are embedded with the hard-labor sweat and red clay that permeate the region. His photographs are populated with Southern people, not just places they inhabit. Sumner is fearless in his approach, capturing people who are obviously unafraid of what this "outsider" might do with the images. Sumner is, after all, not an outsider, but a genteel artifact of the South himself. His style is disarming and obviously effective in his quest to capture his homeland and its people.

From county fairs to local festivals, Sumner fans out from his home base in Atlanta to capture a world that is historically far away, but in reality just down the road from his big-city home. Images of kids riding in the back of pick-up trucks are peppered with the innocent joy that only someone removed from a contemporary life could muster. Decade-weathered faces are perched next to supple newborn skin as generations share the familial bonds that often define the South. The torch is passed from generation to generation as young black and white children play in Atlanta’s Cabbagetown neighborhood, oblivious to the racial strife their parents have witnessed and endured.

From the top of Stone Mountain, where a blanketed girl assumes an angelic persona, to a tree in Piedmont Park where lovers have carved their initials into the base of a birch tree for decades, Sumner is a consummate Southern "witness." His warm-toned fiber prints and Giclee reproductions reveal another way of life.

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woman in jerusalem
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Ashe Sisters
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Boat to Alcatraz
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Atlanta Ballet
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Atlanta Ballet 2
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Kings Dream
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Scarlet in the hot tub
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Sierra in the Painting
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Girl with dog
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Slingshot Kids
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Girl at the church picnic
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Boy in the Tent
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Rabbis in New York
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Prom Night
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Girl on stone mountain
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Afican Artist

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Love Tree of Atlanta

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Road Racer 

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pilgrims in Jerusalem

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Lewis plays chess

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The Seeker

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Hard Working Hands

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Water Abstract

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Orlando

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Neal and Ray Charles 

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Carnival4

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Carnival 1

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Carnival2

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Carnival3

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Mixed Media

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Photojournalism1

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Photojournalism 2

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Photojournalism 3

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Wind sails 

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Fish nets

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Muscle man at Atlantas Farmers market

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Last car sold to Elvis

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Car ny Performers
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Blind man Alt. Streets
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North GA. Mountain Women
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Boy BY Haystack
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Man with Beard
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Gospel Singers
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Pastor on the train
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Country Cowboys
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Young Colt
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South Ga. Family
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Ed of Cabbage town
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Man from Emerson GA.
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Boy at the fair
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cabbagetown boy

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Cabbagetown boys


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Lonely, lost and remembering

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portrait of m.c.

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Pony Trainer

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cowboy cowgirl

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Afican Dancer

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BALLET SCHOOL

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Atlanta's Tulips

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portrait of M.C.

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Figure Study

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Pearl Driver

Cabbagetown Children

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Fine Art Photo1

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Fine Art Photo2

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Fine Art Photo 3

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Saige in the pool

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Portrait of my son Taylor

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Native American Dancer

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Farm workers 

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Cassie and Clinton

Bluegrass player

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Carnival Performer

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Sierra loves Horses

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Priest in Jerusalem

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Blind musician

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Holocaust Museum Jerusalem

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Girl in Cabbagetown

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Women with flag

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Boys swim meet
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Kingston GA. kids in the truck
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Willies hands
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Southern Bells

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CabbageTown Atlanta
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Boy with Flag
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Ballet The Kiss