All the photographs in the Inspired Georgia collection, except for one, are gelatin silver prints, developed using a technique that dates to the late nineteenth century. Frank Hunter’s landscape Light Passage, however, is distinguished by the platinum/palladium process, which uses iron salts rather than silver salts to create a deep tonal range. The other photographers featured in the exhibition maintain the gelatin silver tradition through both landscape and portrait photography. The images of John McWilliams (Ireland ’78 and Washington County, Georgia) and Lucinda Bunnen (Lonesome Walk) portray isolated or desolate natural landscapes, while Steven D. Foster records an urban scene in Multiple Exposures of City.
Renowned Athens-based portraitist Margo Newmark Rosenbaum collaborated with her husband, Art Rosenbaum, to capture folk musicians performing in Doc and Lucy Barnes with Kids Singing. Dennis Darling’s portrait Atlanta Union Mission, Atlanta, Georgia, features a resident at a city shelter. Portraits of African American youth appear in Ted Kallman’s Sampson Street, Atlanta, Georgia, and Joe, as well as in Spurge Smith’s Black on Black. Edmund Marshall’s The Kibitzer depicts a moment in the lives of elderly men.