Soul of Soul: Capturing A Movement
by Shannon McCollum
October 13, 2013 to November 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Artist's Talk: Wednesday, October 16th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Sight + Sound Gallery: 659 Auburn Ave., #G4 Atlanta, Georgia 30312
The 1990s was a relentlessly thrilling time to be in Atlanta. The city, with its burgeoning flock of industries executives, was in the midst of becoming an outpost of the commercial music industry. At the same time, there was a significant underground soul music scene building. In clubs and bars across the city, an ebullient group of young musicians, singers, producers, visual artists and listeners were breathing new life into traditional soul music by blending elements of classic soul with hip hop, jazz, afrobeat, house and indigenous music from the African Diaspora. It was one of those fleeting moments when a city is just accessible enough, just undiscovered enough, to allow something unique to grow and take hold.
Photographer Shannon McCollum began documenting these moments in the 90s, and has continued to amass photographic chronology of Atlanta’s neo soul scene as it’s grown from a fresh stirring to a long-rooted roar.
Soul of Soul: Capturing A Movement is curated by Leatrice Ellzy for Beatrix Moss, A Cultural Curation Firm.
About the Artist:
Anyone can shoot images. Shannon McCollum embodies experiences. The self-taught artist inherited his proficiency from his father, a former photographer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, whose images of Nelson Mandela, Earth Wind & Fire and Muhammad Ali adorned his childhood home. "My father is a photographer and it was always in my family. My dad gave me a camera, all the lenses I needed and all the film I could ever use. I don't have any schooling, but I'm an aggressive learner", McCollum recounts.
Navigating industry politics with an infectious Southern charm and keen cultural eye, McCollum's candid portraits have traced the evolutionary genius of funk mavens OutKast, captured the elusive flair of Erykah Badu, confirmed John Legend's cool, reaffirmed the Last Poet's necessity and redeemed the Notorious B.I.G. His intimate masterpieces have blessed the pages of The New York Times, Rolling Stone, XXL, Boston Globe, Vibe and Black Enterprise.
Absent pretense or an ultra-fabulous method, Shannon McCollum is the visionary of choice among underground kings and modern day musical legends. Just as Langston Hughes penned verses for everyday people, McCollum's legacy is anchored in the heart of common folks who appreciate his endearing photographs.
When & Where
Sight+Sound is a unique gallery located with in Ligne Roset in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia specializing in contemporary works of art and 2-channel high-end audio.