SUMNERRECORDING THE SOUTH WITH A CAMERA
John Sumner never goes anywhere without a camera. Over the years, the easy-going
Atlanta-based photographer has garnered enough awards to cover a few walls,
and his remarkable prints are in corporate offices and homes of collectors
who have an appreciation for Sumners greatness as an artist who has
an eye for capturing things exceptional.
Most of Sumners photography involves the South; rural life along
with urban scenes predominates. When he captures a magic moment, there invariably
will be at least one person in the frame. There are, of course, some exceptions,
particularly regarding Mr. Sumners spectacular new color series of
flowers. But, there is no doubt that his first love remains laughing children
in Cabbagetown, a lonely widow peering hopelessly through a window, a farm
family setting down to Thanksgiving dinner or a handsome elderly African-American
man ready to board a train at Brookwood Station.
John Sumner has earned praise from many quarters including fabled Atlanta
trial lawyer Jimmy Carr. John, says Mr. Carr, does things
with a camera that recalls all the good memories I have in my mind from my
own experiences living in the South. Carr added that Sumner has a popular
following because he is talented and also because hes such a
Many of John Sumners masterpieces are in prestigious permanent collections
including Atlantas High Museum of Art and The Mayors (Atlanta)
Wall of Fame.
EDITORS NOTE: Many readers likely will want to contact John Sumner,
who is one of the most affable and accessible artists anywhere. He may be
reached at 404.237. 2708.
We've gathered some of his images for you in the gallery below: