For those who might question the fact that photography is art, they obviously
have not had the privilege of visiting photographer Greg Newington's studio. Recently opened in the cottage community
of Serenbe, a short drive south of Atlanta, this gallery offers a unique perspective and insight into the creative abilities
of this transplanted Australian.
Gazing upon his work for
the first time, one is quickly absorbed by the depth of his talents and the scope of his vision of the world and the people,
places and events that he has witnessed and recorded. Nor does one pause to consider whether his art has been created
with a brush or with a camera.
The colors are no less vivid...the
stories no less revealing...the viewer simply marvels at the impact that these photos convey.
Spanning more than thirty-eight years in Australia, the Middle East and in the United States, Newington's career
as a photographer has been a fascinating journey traversing the globe and recording historic events and exploits, not only
of the rich and powerful, but also the downtrodden and the endangered. His images can be powerful and compelling or at the
same time joyful and heart wrenching.
Today his volume
of work can be viewed at his own gallery in the cottage community of Serenbe, a far reach from his native Australia.
Along the way, he has recorded images of such luminaries as Nelson Mandela, Willie Nelson, Brooke Shields and Henry Kissinger.
As a photojournalist, Greg worked in Somalia, Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, and has won the Australian Press
Photographer of the Year, as well as prizes in the Nikon Press Awards for Excellence in visual journalism.
The range of his work is seemingly limitless, from
images of the war torn nations of Somalia and Bosnia, to camel races and cultural images from the deserts of The Middle East.
Representations of all of these are on exhibit
at his new gallery in the new community of Serenbe, where Greg and his wife Maripat settled a year ago in a cottage
home just down the street from his studio.