Recent Projects

Sinziana Velicescu, North Hollywood, CA, 2015, Archival Inkjet Print, 28”x28” 

Sinziana Velicescu, North Hollywood, CA, 2015, Archival Inkjet Print, 28”x28” 

Fast Forward // Rewind

About the Exhibition

Over the past eight years, over 80+ photographers have been selected as the ACP Ones To Watch (OTW), highlighting talented artists who deserve the consideration of serious collectors. Fast Forward//Rewind  includes a selection of 19 OTW artists presenting video, installation and still photography created from the 70’s until now. Artists include Holly Andres, Langdon Clay, Teri Darnell, Jody Fausett, Nancy Floyd, Adam Forrester, Preston Gannaway, Steve Giovinco, Amanda Greene, Martine Gutierrez, Tommy Kha, William Lamson, Carl Martin, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Trenton Moore, Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, Sarah Small, Sinziana Velicescu, and Bill Yates. 

Thematically, these artists are concerned with diverse issues from gender politics to colonialism, class representation, regional storytelling and intimacy. Their work makes photography feel essential. It is bold visually and conceptually, encouraging a spirited conversation that is wide-open and unresolved. The artists’ approach is consistently imaginative and experimental, engaging the viewer with seductive colors, provocative imagery, and humor. This retrospective pays homage to both the evolution of their practice, and the staying power of classic imagery and technique. 


Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia 

75 Bennett St NW 

Atlanta, GA 30309 


Exhibition Dates- Friday, August 4th - Saturday October 14, 2017 

Opening Reception-Friday, August 4th at 6-9 pm  

Exhibition Hours- Tuesday – Saturday 11am- 5pm  


   Noah Kalina, Billboard Takeover, Barryvillle, NY, 2015.


Noah Kalina, Billboard Takeover, Barryvillle, NY, 2015.

Landscapes and Interventions

About the Exhibition

In conjunction with the 2017 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival in October, Mary Stanley Studio and Hathaway Contemporary will present an exhibition of works hand-selected from the 80 artists that make up the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Ones To Watch alumni. Free and open to the public, the exhibition will be installed at Hathaway Contemporary Gallery from September 23rd – November 4th, 2017.    


While reflecting upon the eight years of the Ones To Watch programming, Landscapes & Interventions explores the work of a subset of OTW artists who are focused on capturing the landscape. Their imagesbring attention to its serenity and natural beauty, highlight critical issues affecting the environment and demonstrate innovative ways to intervene with the natural environment in a playful and thought provoking manner. Artists include Bill Yates (Jacksonville, FL), Adam Forrester (Atlanta, GA), Stephanie Dowda (Richmond, VA), Jeff Rich (Savannah, GA), Steve Giovinco (New York City, NY), Ansley West Rivers (Atlanta, GA), Peter McBride (Colorado), Joshua Dudley Greer (Johnson City, Tennesee), Noah Kalina ( Brooklyn, NY) and Amanda Greene (Danielsville, GA). 



887 Howell Mill Rd NW #4 

Atlanta, GA 30318 


Exhibition Dates- September Saturday Sept 23 through Saturday Nov 4, 2017 

Opening Reception-Saturday Sept 23 6-9pm 

Artist Talks – Saturday Oct 21st at 11am  

Exhibition Hours- Tuesday – Friday 10am- 6pm  

Carlos Javier Ortiz,  We All We  Got,.

Carlos Javier Ortiz, We All We Got,.

Picturing Justice 2017

After the overwhelming success of the first Picturing Justice exhibition, Atlanta Legal Aid plans to enlist curator Mary Stanley to mount Picturing Justice 2017 in October in conjunction with the 19th Annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.  Stanley plans a national call for submissions from documentary photographers focusing their practice on social justice issues. 

About the Exhibition:

A photography and video exhibition presented by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in conjunction with Mary Stanley Studio and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Five documentary photographers explore diverse notions of home and community with attention to focus areas for Atlanta Legal Aid. Photographers include Carlos Javier Ortiz (Oakland, CA), Beate Sass (Decatur, GA), Greg Kahn (Washington, DC), Maura Friedman (Atlanta, GA), and Michael David Murphy (Atlanta, GA). These artists tell stories of place and cultural identity. Their imagery and personal narratives provide a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable populations in Atlanta and throughout the US, highlighting the important work of Legal Aid on their behalf. Each Thursday during the exhibition a selected artist will present an artist talk at lunchtime. Register for these sessions at


Atlanta Legal Aid Society

54 Ellis Street, NE

Atlanta, GA 30303



Exhibition Dates           Wednesday, October 4th – Saturday, November 5th.

Opening Reception      Wednesday, October 4th          

Exhibition Hours           Tuesday – Friday 12 - 4pm and by appointment

Artist Talks will be scheduled each week during the exhibition on Thursdays from noon – 1:30pm






Harvey Finkle - "Third World Playground, Philadelphia, 1996"

Harvey Finkle - "Third World Playground, Philadelphia, 1996"

Picturing Justice
A photography exhibition presented by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Reflecting upon the mission-driven programs of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Picturing Justice features five documentary photographers whose work comments upon issues such as the working poor, disability rights, housing inequities, and grandparents or other relatives caring for children. Collectively, the photographs provide a deeper understanding of the challenges facing vulnerable populations in Atlanta and throughout the United States. Photographers include: Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, GA), Dustin Thomas Chambers (Atlanta), Matt Eich (Charlottesville, VA) Harvey Finkle (Philadelphia, PA), Bryan Meltz ( Atlanta, GA).

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society will present a fine art photography exhibition at their downtown Atlanta headquarters curated by Independent Curators Louise Shaw and Mary Stanley for the 2016 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival in October. One feature of the exhibition will be a photo essay by Bryan Meltz, who has been commissioned to tell the story of one family’s experience with Atlanta Legal Aid’s Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Adoption Program.

Exhibition Dates: Thurs October 13, 2016 through Friday November 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 13th 5:00–8:00pm

An Evening with the Artists hosted by the Legal Aid Fellows:
Thursday October 20th 6-9pm
This is a ticketed event, $50 per person

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday–Friday 12-4pm and by appointment

Bill Yates - "R2-11," 1973 silver gelatin print, c 2016

Bill Yates - "R2-11," 1973 silver gelatin print, c 2016

The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink
A solo exhibition of work by photographer Bill Yates, Jacksonville, FL.

Hathaway David Contemporary gallery
Exhibition Dates: Thurs Sept 29th–Monday Nov 14th, 2016
Opening Reception and Book Launch: Thursday Sept 29th 6:00–9:30pm
Artist Talk: Saturday October 22nd 11:00am

Mary Stanley Studio will be popping up this fall on the Westside, presenting an exhibition of silver gelatin photography by Bill Yates at the new Hathaway David Contemporary Gallery. At the Opening Reception on Thursday September 29th, we will be hosting the book launch of The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink currently being published by Bill Boling and Atlanta-based Fall Line Press.

His work, compared to Diane Arbus and Lewis Hine, shows us a young & free-spirited view of America in the 1970’s. Many of you already know this work, featured last year on the Photoville Fence on the Atlanta Beltline, at a solo exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans curated by Richard McCabe, and as one of the 2015 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Ones To Watch. Bill photographed the Sweetheart Series at the age of 25 in Tampa, FL in 1972-1973. His negatives and proof sheets lay in a box in his studio for nearly 40 years. At the urging of his family, Bill decided to put his photographic house “in order” and the work met with instant acclaim.

Tommy Kha - "Cloud I, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania", 2014

Tommy Kha - "Cloud I, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania", 2014

Mary Stanley Selects for APG

Curator Mary Stanley selects work for this diverse and dynamic show at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery.

October 21 - November 21, 2015

Tula Arts Center
75 Bennett Street NW, B1
Atlanta, GA  30309

Betty Press - "Cake Walk"

Betty Press - "Cake Walk"

Atlanta Celebrates Photography Ones2Watch, 2015

A selection of ten emerging and established photographers that should be on the radar of every serious photography collector. These talented photographers have recently created new bodies of work, received numerous accolades and are on a promising trajectory. Curated by Mary Wilson Stanley, Mary Stanley Studio.

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