Community is central to my life and art. I am repeatedly driven to step into  the “town square” to engage in the work of making my community a better place. And every time I venture out with my camera, I carry with me this core impulse. I am also a fifth-generation Georgian – actually a fifth-generation Jewish Georgian – and the rich complexities of the American South shape me and my art: history and culture, geography and race, tradition and conflict, injustice and progress.

The subjects and stories to which my eye is drawn are driven by these foundational forces. To them I bring my aesthetic, which is quite structured. My early influences were not photographic. Rather they came from painting and collage: Pablo Picasso’s composition; Edward Hopper’s light; Louise Nevelson’s rhythm.  These and others helped me develop the creative language for my own work.

And there is also storytelling, with its fertile tradition in both Southern and Jewish cultures. I relish the power of story. Each photograph I make contains embedded narrative, and each represents a coming together of curiosity, discovery, creativity and joy.

Andrew Feiler
Atlanta, Georgia


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