After five years of presenting programs, exhibits, competitions and workshops for local photographers, the Austin Center for Photography has announced that it will ceases operation after its last event in June.
The all-volunteer non-profit organization started in 2009 and brought to Austin some of photography’s most esteemed practioners including Bruce Davidson, Elliot Erwitt, Slyvia Plachy, Joel-Peter Witkin and Alec Soth.
Without a venue of its own, ACP collaborated with organizations including the Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art.
However, ACP leaders said that membership renewals, sponsorships and grant revenues never added up to cover the cost of running the organization.
Said ACP board member Victoria Corcoran Neal in a statement:
“We did so much in such a short time, and we’re just thrilled with the community we developed, the iconic photographers we met and got to know, and how much we all learned about images, image-making and the truly historic changes happening in photography.
When we started, the tablet didn’t exist; cellphone cameras were barely in existence, but now more photo images have been taken in the last 2 years than have been taken in all the previous history of photography combined.
We played a part in Austin’s arts community for a time; we did as much as could possibly have been done with the resources. “
ACP’s final programs include:
Kenny Braun’s Surf Texas. D iscussion & book signing with the photographer. May 7 at the Contemporary Austin
“Blog/Reblog” exhibition opening May 23 at Big Medium.
Icons of Photography Lecture No. 20: Martin Parr, June 24 at the Blanton Museum of Art