In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Poem88 presents “Holly White: Cinematic Language.” Atlanta photographer Holly White creates images that, despite the minimal presence of human beings, nonetheless suggest they are markedly there: in lawn chairs, or footprints on dewy grass, or the lone automobile on an otherwise empty street. There is an enormous feeling of fullness in that emptiness. And, for the viewer, there is, also, a natural inclination to construct a narrative even if it is only loosely bound by the remnants of people. Holly White seems to be warming up as a mis-en-scene directing the story of mystery, or of longing, or of melancholy, or of something else entirely fleeting.
Agnes Varda, in her essay “On Photography and Cinema” (1984) saysm “To my mind, Cinema and Photography are like a brother and sister who are enemies…. after incest.”
Holly White’s photographs seem to undo such a transgression of time. She allows the flickering view to be happily stilled.
White will give an artist talk at the gallery on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
Film screenings in conjunction with “Holly White: Cinematic Language”:
Thursday, October 20, 8 p.m.: “Claire’s Knee” by Eric Rohmer (1970)
Thursday, November 10, 8 p.m.: “Summer Hours” by Oliver Assayas (2008)
Through November 19.
1100 Howell Mill Road, Suite A03
Atlanta, GA 30318