Jerry Siegel: Guest photographer 2023
Guest of honor in 2020 for the 1st edition of Photographic Nights of Selma !
Siegel was born and raised in Selma, AL, and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. He was awarded the Grand Prize of the first Artadia Award in Atlanta. While successfully maintaining a commercial photography studio in Atlanta since the mid 1980’s, he found
his passion working on personal projects.
His first monograph, FACING SOUTH, Portraits of Southern Artists, was published by the University of Alabama Press and features portraits of 100 Southern artists. This body of work has been featured in 6 solo museum exhibitions in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
His second book, Black Belt Color, published by the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, GA, focuses his attentions on documenting the unique, cultural landscape of the South, concentrating on the Black Belt region of Alabama.
His on-going series of Drag Artists, REVEAL, is currently on exhibit at the LSU Museum of Art, in Baton Rouge, LA.
Since 20005 his work has been shown in 12 solo Museum exhibitions and more than 25 group exhibitions at Museums and Institutions.
His work is in many private, corporate and public collections, including
the High Museum in Atlanta, Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LSU Museum in Baton Rouge, Birmingham Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Wiregrass Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, in Athens, GA, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA, The Morris Museum in Augusta, GA and other Southeastern U.S. Museums.
Throughout his artistic career, Jerry Siegel has sought to photograph what his eyes see and what his heart connects to. The renown master photographer Arnold Newman once said about Siegel’s work, “This is how it should be done. This is not only the work of a professional but the work of an artist.”