Photography as Public ArtThere are many options as to how a photographer would exhibit his or her work, including the traditional approach, which for years has been to mat, frame and hang on a wall. This is probably the most familiar solution when one wants to display a photograph but there are many other exciting and innovative ways photography is being viewed. Public Art is one of the alternative exhibition approaches a photographer can take. Public photography is all around us – for example, one simply needs to look at the numerous ads that occupy space on billboards. Photography as public art uses some of the same materials and techniques as billboard companies, as many times the final product has to (at least temporarily) be weatherproof. For years, public art was understood in the traditional sense to consist of metal and concrete sculptures, but advances in printing has now made it possible to mount photographs on almost anything.
|"Art in Motion", temporary public art on Marta buses, Atlanta, GA. © Michael Reese.|
|"Domestic Passports", Permanent Collection at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. © Michael Reese.|
|"In Yo' Face", Temporary Public Installation, Castleberry Hill Arts District, Atlanta, GA. © Michael Reese and Fahamu Pecou.|
Public Art by the Book, by Barbara Goldstein
The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions, by Lynn Basa
© Michael Reese