Dane Sponberg, Atlanta-based photographer and M.A. candidate at SCAD-Atlanta, presents an exhibition of environmental portraits entitled “Cabbagetown Portraits.”The work explores the people who make up the historic and unique Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta. An artist’s reception will be held in Cabbagetown at Milltown Arms on October 22, from 7-9 p.m., providing an opportunity to meet the photographer and many of the residents who appear in the images.
Sponberg lived at the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts in Cabbagetown and has spent more than a year photographing and interviewing the residents in their homes and businesses. Cabbagetown Portraits explores the gentrification of the neighborhood and each generation of residents, helping to reveal the history and visualize the future of Cabbagetown. The work focuses on the characters that bring the neighborhood to life, from a graffiti vigilante to a pair of brothers who worked in the cotton mill as children. Sponberg received donations through Kickstarter to help fund the show.
Cabbagetown lies west of Reynoldstown and south of Inman Park. It was originally a mill village built in the 1880’s for workers in the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill. The mill closed in 1977 and was converted to a condominium in the late 1990’s named The Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts. The mill buildings are some of the oldest in Atlanta and the neighborhood was named to the Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Sponberg was born in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a B.F.A. in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. This is his first solo show.
Through Nov. 19.
Milltown Arms Tavern
180 Carroll Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30312