A generation or so ago, back in the year 2000, I covered a concert as a photojournalist for the first time. The band I was photographing was KISS. They were on their farewell tour. I was shooting for Flagpole, which had recently taken a chance on me as a writer. I had never written. I had never studied writing. I did, however, love music, and had a massive interest in covering what was out there. After a few shows, Flagpole Music Editor Ballard Lesemann encouraged me to start taking a camera and reach out for a photo pass. So I did. I didn’t even have a professional camera and I’d certainly never studied that! But hey, why not?
Photo Credit: Whitley Carpenter
AthFest Educates, which presents the AthFest Music and Arts Festival each summer, has been awarded a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the local nonprofit announced Wednesday in a press release.
This year's Athens in Harmony concert, designed to promote cultural sharing and racial reconciliation, took place at The Foundry on Sunday, and Flagpole photographer Whitley Carpenter was there to document the night. Check out photos from the show below:
Photo Credit: Sloan Simpson
Athens roots-rock band Georgia Dish Boys exude down-home charm, from their hand-stitched cover art to their unorthodox recording methods. Yet the group's music also radiates with weird North Georgia grit, as heard on 2017's cacophonous Get Gone.
Photo Credit: Jayleigh Harkai
Last January, former Reptar and Semicircle member Curt Castle released a stellar debut, If I'm Here at All, which found the Georgia musician putting a sure-footed electropop spin on his previous bands' exploratory indie rock.
A year later, he's finished a super cool stop-motion video for one of the record's standout tracks, the steady, sparkling "Aminoketone."
Photo Credit: Avery Brooks
Fronted by Rome transplant Cannon Rogers, Athens band CannonandtheBoxes makes melody-centered acoustic music designed to ignite and uplift. Centered on Rogers' velvety singing voice, the group follows in the folky footsteps of local faves Family and Friends on tracks like "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," released earlier this year.
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