This spring, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will be the first ever US venue to host Live Lab, a photography residence and exhibition organised in collaboration with famed international cooperative Magnum Photos.

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Live Lab is coming to High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2020 © High Museum

Designed to involve the local community and visitors in the completion of a new collection of photographs which will be created over a two-week period in a “lab” at the museum, the Atlanta project will feature American photographer Carolyn Drake and South African artists Lindokuhle Sobekwa and Mikhael Subotzky, whose projects all will explore themes relevant to the city. The project will begin with a two-week-long “photographic jam session” from 16-27 March 2020, during which the photographers will use the High as their studio. They will travel into the city to shoot photographs, and edit and create on site back at the museum. 

The photographers will then open their workspaces to the public at select times, with the residency culminating in a pop-up exhibition of their work, on view in the Chambers lobby from 28 March through to 19 April 2020.

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Mikhael Subotzky - Fees Must Fall (or Damaged 5x7 negatives that were sent to Melise in Sonoma by mistake), 2019, ink and Micropore tape on linen © Mikhael Subotzky / Magnum Photos.

“We are honoured that Magnum chose the High, and Atlanta, as its first US host for Live Lab, and we are delighted to bring this project to the city,” said Rand Suffolk, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr., director of the High. “This collaboration is a testament to the strength of our photography department and our commitment to supporting the creation of new work and offering innovative ways for our audience to connect with their museum and the greater community. We can’t wait to see what the photographers create.” To help the artists learn more about Atlanta, the High provided them with a brief about the city, and the photographers are now developing their projects.

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Carolyn Drake - Elise with Boa, Water Valley, Mississippi, 2019 from the series Knit Club © Carolyn Drake / Magnum Photos.

Magnum Photos has hosted Live Labs in other cities around the world, including Paris, London, Kyoto and Moscow. 

More information is available at the official High Museum of Art website.

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