Monthly Meeting – March 2021

Desmond Tutu | Photo Credit: Billy Howard

Our Monthly Meeting will be online on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:45pm. 

We will review the photos submitted by members on the theme of “Aviation Photography” and this month will be a critique format. See the March Theme announcement. Submit your entry no later than March 6, 2021.

We hope you’ll join us for our March Meeting for 2021. Details on how to join the online meeting will be provided in an email to registered members.

The March speaker will be Billy Howard and the topic will be “Finding Meaning for your Work”.

Billy Howard is an Atlanta based documentary photographer and writer. He received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism and a National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation Photography Fellowship and holds an honorary doctor of literature degree from St Andrews University in North Carolina.

His work has been exhibited with the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Vogue Italia, and in a solo five city tour of Japan. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America; CBS This Morning; NPR, and other media on his work with people with HIV/AIDS, children with cancer, the visually impaired, teens battling mental health issues, and the disabled. His images were projected on the stadium JumboTron during the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to accompany a tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Howard produced the first full-length documentary photography book on the AIDS pandemic: Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS. His archives of that project were acquired by Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, and his photographs are in numerous public and private collections including the Library of Congress Photography Collection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Carter Presidential Center, MOCA GA, and the High Museum.

Howard serves on the board of directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the nation’s largest community based photography festival and loves to photograph his cats.

What you will learn:

Billy Howard has a remarkable portfolio from political figures to children from athletes to scientists. His presentation will share his personal journey and career in photography. His career has taken him across Georgia, the US and the World.

Below is Billy’s personal overview for the presentation you will see:

Estimates are that over a trillion photographs are taken each year. How do we then find meaning and purpose in the photographs we take in such an overwhelming ocean of images? The answer for me is two-fold: on a personal level, I ignore those other trillion photographs knowing that none of them are the photo I am taking at this moment. If it makes me happy, I have succeeded.

On a professional level I work in projects, documenting issues of global and public health on the ground level, meeting people who are themselves dealing with these issues and trying to tell their stories, each one unique and meaningful. More important to me than the photograph is the relationship, which makes the other trillion photographs meaningless.

I look forward to introducing you to some of those people and giving you insights into how the projects developed from funding to publishing. I’ll also probably show you a couple of pictures of my cats.

For more information on Billy Howard and his body of work, please visit:

Billy Howard

“I work in projects documenting issues of global and public health on the ground level, meeting people who are themselves dealing with these issues, and trying to tell their stories, each one unique and meaningful.”

~Billy Howard,
Atlanta based documentary photographer and writer

We look forward to seeing you at the March meeting!