Many who are familiar with Rocky Mountain School of Photography may be aware of this bit of trivia: RMSP’s roots are in Atlanta, Georgia. In some ways, when we return to Atlanta for a Photo Weekend event every couple of years, it’s somewhat of a homecoming. Neil Chaput de Saintonge, founder and co-owner of RMSP, was an experienced photography instructor and owner of the Atlanta school, Southeastern Center for the Arts, for many years. The germ of the idea to start RMSP started there and for several years he and his wife, Jeanne, commuted back and forth between Atlanta and Missoula.
As the ninth-most populated metropolis in the country, Atlanta is a diverse cultural and economic urban environment. This historic city has developed into a vital hub of commerce, culture and modern day American flavor. Considered the “hip hop” music capitol of the U.S., there’s much in the way of entertainment, theater, museums, festivals, sports, etc., to keep the city’s population busy for centuries to come. The world came to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games and this experience only added to its already rich southern and ethnic traditions. The art of photography is definitely alive and well, and we believe one of our biggest fan bases lies in the heart of Atlanta. We hope to see many friendly familiar faces at our upcoming event there. Actually, Neil also founded one of the largest and most active photography groups in the area several decades ago – The Southeastern Photographic Society- and has maintained connection with them throughout the years. As you can probably guess, Neil has definitely left his mark on the area. There is definitely a huge community of passionate photographers who connect, share and inspire one another via the many active groups in the region. As for our weekend event, the amazing team of instructors Tony Rizzuto and Eileen Rafferty will be educating and inspiring the hometown crowd. We’re excited to be returning to Atlanta and once again experience an urban version of good old southern hospitality!
If interested in keeping your focus – pun intended – on photography after the Photo Weekend, consider joining one of the active photography groups below in the Atlanta area. What better way to stay active yourself than by being connected with like-minded enthusiasts?!
Atlanta Photography Group
Women in Focus
Atlanta Photography Society
Cobb Photographic Society
Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association
Roswell Photographic Society
Sweetwater Camera Club
Cherokee Photography Club
Athens Photography Guild
Middle Georgia Camera Club
Join us for the Atlanta Photo Weekend on March 3-4, 2012.
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