My Atlanta: Ron Sherman Will Work “As Long As There’s A Camera In My Hands”
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Editor’s Note: Our new series, “My Atlanta,” spotlights photographers, who use their photos and supporting posts to show how living in Atlanta has inspired their careers and lives. In this story, we feature the work and words of Ron Sherman.
I fell in love with Atlanta for many reasons. The city’s beauty and vibrancy was evident even before I moved here in 1971. When I did, its growth gave me limitless possibilities to document the region. New buildings, expanded parks, various festivals, attractions and celebrations, there were never self-proclaimed subjects of photography or, especially, paid work.
When my wife and I started thinking about marriage, we considered many places around the country, settling in Atlanta, which seemed to have many possibilities as a city that moves – growing, flowing, regenerating itself.
Doors opened as my career grew here. I have worked for national magazines including Time, Life, Newsweek e the work week. At a very different time in American life, I was able to get up close to Jimmy Carter during his presidential campaign, Hank Aaron as he watched his 715th home run fly over the fence at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and Coretta Scott King who surrounded by Civil Rights and Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr.
I joined the fledgling Atlanta Press Photographers Association in 1972 and was on the committee that started the Atlanta Photography Seminar, which will mark 50 years of continuous use at its convention in mid-November. In the mid-1970s, I started the Atlanta chapter of the American Society of Magazine Photographers, the first chapter in the Southeast. At the meetings of these two organizations, I made contact with local photographers, promoting the exchange of information, including the leadership of the work, although we sometimes sought business from the same customers. The thought crossed my mind from the beginning that there are many such cities that will not happen at all. Atlanta, of course, yes.
I am honored that the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University acquired approximately 750 of my gelatin silver instruments in 2014. They are housed in a 1970s capsule, an important moment in the transformation of our city. Last June, the library received an archive of my photographs, dating from 1971 to 2001, consisting of 500,000 black and white, contact sheets, 35mm color transparencies, digital files and comments. My archive is now a permanent home for the current research and interesting historical resources of my life’s work. As a Roswell resident, I am also excited to have a photo exhibit from my entire career on view at the Roswell Cultural Center through September 29.
Through all this, we decided not to be stuck in the past, preferring to live and make films now. Atlanta’s fascination with photography will continue as long as I have a camera in hand.
Chastain Park, 2009: Of the hundreds of parks in Atlanta, I’ve always found Chastain Park to be one of the best. It has many amenities including a golf course, arts center, amphitheater, horse park, walking trails, swimming pool and tennis courts. But in spring, it is the beautiful flowering dogwood that catches my eye.
Hank Aaron’s 715th Home Run: The most beautiful image of the game where Hank broke Babe Ruth’s record was the Hammer bases as two young men chased him to extend their congratulations between second and third base. Photographed for United Press International, this photo was published worldwide that night. This photo of Hank holding the baseball record was a challenge because there were dozens of photographers around home plate. I made sure I was in a position to get the shot I wanted.
Atlanta Skyline, 1990: Of the countless photos of the Atlanta skyline that I’ve created, this look has been a constant over the years. This south-facing angle, taken from the roof of an apartment building in Summerhill on I-20, gave me some great sunrises and sunsets in the middle of the city. This sunset photo is not unfiltered, by the way.
AJC The Press Room, 1980: As a high school reporter and a copy boy (in cleveland press) and an adult staff photographer (Rochester and Milwaukee Journal), I was fascinated by the news business. It was exciting to see my photos appear in the press, especially the page 1 above the fold. When daily newspapers go out of print, it will be a sad day for all readers. I will really miss my inked fingers.
1991 Atlanta Braves Victory Parade: The Braves went from worst to first, winning the Western Division, which was the subject of a rock festival on Peachtree Street. With his hat back in style, David Justice became the hero in 1995 when the Braves won the World Series, scoring the lone run in Game 6 with a solo homer.
The non-profit organization Recording the Blind & Dyslexic (now called Learning Ally), which at the time was based in Atlanta, gave Ramon Medina the confidence to deal with mental and physical disabilities. Filming in eight cities, I learned a lot about the lives and achievements of each person I interviewed and photographed for this special edition. Their stories stayed with me.
Turner Field, 1997: After covering baseball since 1971 at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, it was a pleasure to take pictures during the Braves’ season at the converted Olympic Stadium. The design and team wanted to celebrate this new chapter with something special. I am happy to create the requested image.
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