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Bio

Perry Dilbeck, a native of McDonough, Georgia, became interested in photography at the early age of fifteen. Throughout his college years, he earned an Associate of Arts degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Georgia State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design - all in photography. He has spent several years as a freelance commercial photographer with many large corporate clients in the metropolitan Atlanta area. For nearly fifteen years now, Dilbeck has been a photography instructor at The Art Institute of Atlanta.

For ten years Dilbeck worked on a series of black and white images entitled - The Last Harvest-Truck Farmers in the Deep South which tells the story of the fading lifestyle of Southern truck farmers. Photographed primarily with simple plastic cameras called Holgas, this work has been published worldwide in many photo magazines. Images from this series have been collected nationally and exhibited in galleries throughout the United States.

In November 2006, the University of Georgia Press in association with Center For American Places published - The Last Harvest-Truck Farmers in the Deep South as a monograph. The book can be purchased at photoeye.com, amazon.com, or at your local Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Perry Dilbeck has achieved much recognition for his work and was most recently awarded Georgia Author of the year for The Last Harvest-Truck Farmers in the Deep South. He also received an artist sponsorship from Blue Earth Alliance in Seattle, WA in 2003.

Selected Publications

  • 2018, Lenswork - October- #138, WA.
  • 2014 Looking at Images, Lenswork, WA.
  • 2014 The Sun, August Issue, #464, NC
  • 2014 The Sun, April Issue, #460, NC
  • 2013 The Sun, December Issue, #456, NC
  • 2013 Great Alaskan Lumberjack Calendar, AK.
  • 2013 The Sun, June Issue #450, NC.
  • 2010 The Sun, January Issue, #414, NC.
  • 2010 The Sun, January Issue, #409, NC.
  • 2009 Color Magazine Issue 4-Nov. CA.
  • 2008 Light Leaks-Issue #10,Canada.
  • 2008 H magazine-January/February, GA.
  • 2007 Photographer’s Forum-Nov., CA.
  • 2007 Popular Photography, Sept., NY.
  • 2007 Photographer’s Forum, Sept., CA.
  • 2007 Bloomsbury Review, July/Aug, CO.
  • 2007 Black & White magazine, #51, CA.
  • 2007 Photo-Eye Booklist, Spring NM.
  • 2007 Black & White Photog.,England.
  • 2007 E-Environmental, January, CT.
  • 2006 Ag – Autumn # 45, England.
  • 2006 Book Forum – Vo1. 13, #3, NY.
  • 2006 The Sun – October Issue, #370, NC.
  • 2006 LensWork – September - #66, WA.
  • 2006 Flavors – Fall issue, GA.
  • 2006 The Sun, May Issue, #365, NC.
  • 2005 Deep, May-June, GA.
  • 2005 The Sun, January Issue #349, NC.
  • 2004 Photo Life, March - Tornoto, Canada.
  • 2003 Georgia State Magazine, Winter, GA.
  • 2003 The Sun, June Issue #330, NC.
  • 2003 Photovision, May, CO.
  • 2003 Black & White Enthusiast , Australia.
  • 2003 Photo Art Int'l - #31, England.
  • 2003 British Journal of Photog., England.
  • 2002 Black and White Photog., England
  • 2002 Photographers Forum , CA.
  • 2000 Photo District News - August, NY.
  • 2000 Black and White - #6 April, CA.
  • 1998 The Magazine - Summer/Fall , GA.
  • 1998 LensWork - May - #21, OR.
  • 1998 Silverworks - GA.
  • 1997 Graphis Photo AMA 1 - 1997, NY.
  • 1993 Pulse Magazine of BellSouth, GA.
  • 1992 Peachtree Magazine, GA.

Awards

  • 2013 "Juror's Choice," Somerville Toy Camera Fest. Somerville, MA.
  • 2013 "3rd Place Award," Texas Photographic Society 26th Members Show, Corpus Christi TX.
  • 2010 “2010 Sabbatical Award,” Spring Quarter, Art Institute of Atlanta.
  • 2009 “Portfolio Contest Award Winner.” Color Magazine-Issue 4 November, Novato, CA.
  • 2007 “Georgia Author of the Year.” Georgia Writers Association, Non-Fiction Book.
  • 2006 "National Geographic Society, All Roads
  • Photography Project, Honorable Mention, Washington, DC.
  • 2004 "2004 Fellowship Award," Texas Photographic Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • 2003 "Blue Earth Alliance," Sponsorship of Truck Farmers - The Last Harvest, Seattle, WA.
  • 2003 "Vision 2003 Award Winner," Assignment Earth, Santa Fe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
  • 2002 “2003 Sabbatical Award,” Summer Quarter, Art Institute of Atlanta.
  • 1997 "Selected Winner," New Works By Southern Photographers, Louisiana State University.
  • 1996 "Second Place," Coastweeks 1996, Sierra Club, Armstrong Atlantic State University.
  • 1996 "Graduate Fellowship," Malcolm Curtis Propes, Savannah College of Art & Design.
  • 1996 "Honorable Mention," 1996 Visual Arts Exhibition, Decatur Arts Alliance.
  • 1996 "Purchase Award," 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, South Cobb Arts Alliance.
  • 1995 "First Place - People," Second Annual Photography Exhibition, Thomasville Arts Guild.
  • 1994 "Purchase Award and Second Place," 12th Juried Exhibition, The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
  • 1994 "Best In Show and Purchase Award," 1st Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Kennesaw College.
  • 1993 "Best In Show," Providence Canyon State Park, Lumpkin, GA.
  • 1991 "Best Portfolio Award," The Art Institute of Atlanta.
  • 1991 "Honorable Mention," The Atlanta Photo Show of The Southeastern Center For the Arts.
  • 1991 "Best In Show," The Creative Arts Guild: Images 91 Contest.
  • 1990 "First Place," Wildlife Category of The Creative Arts Guild: Images 90 Contest.
  • 1990 "Best In Photo Department," The Art Institute of Atlanta.
  • 1989 "Finalist," Photographer's Forum Best of College Photography Contest.
  • 1989 "First Place," Abstract Division of The Creative Arts Guild: Images 89 Contest.

Collections

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, GA.
  • Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, GA.
  • Kennesaw State College, Marietta GA.
  • Photo-Eye Books & Prints, Sante Fe NM.
  • Glassel School of Art, Houston, TX.
  • Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX.

Selected Group Exhibition History

  • 2014 "Still Life," Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
  • 2013 "Third Annual Holga Out of the Box International Photography Competition Exhibition," TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, TX.
  • 2013 "Sommerville Toy Camera Fest," -Nave Gallery, Sommerville, MA.
  • 2013 "Texas Photographic Society 26th Members Show," Island Gallery, Texas A & M Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX.
  • 2012 "Art of Photography Show," San Diego Art Institute,CA.
  • 2010 "Seekers of Light," Moot Gallery, Hong Kong.
  • 2010 "Photo Spiva 2010," Spiva Center for the Arts, MO.
  • 2008 “Selections from Blue Earth Alliance Projects, Seattle City Hall, Seattle, WA.
  • 2007 “Photographs That Make a Difference,” TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, TX.
  • 2007 “SlowLife.” Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe, IL.
  • 2006 "TPS Juried Members Exhibition,” Calumet Photographic, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2005 “The Power of Plants,” U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC.
  • 2005 "One Foot After the Other," Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR.
  • 2005 "Blue Earth Alliance Project," Chase Gallery, Spokane, WA.
  • 2005 "Blue Earth Alliance Traveling Show," Redmond Arts Center, Redmond, WA.
  • 2004 "Visual Proof," The Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA.
  • 2004 "Spring Exhibition,"- Blue Earth Alliance, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.
  • 2003 "Salon 25," Savannah Gallery, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2003 "TPS 12th The National Competition," Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene, TX.
  • 2003 "Slow Exposures," Pike County Historic Preservation, Inc., Zebulon, GA.
  • 2003 "Southern Exposure," Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, GA.
  • 2003 "8th Biennial Competition," Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, FL.
  • 2002 "Southern Style," Lowndes-Valdosta Art Commission, Valdosta, GA.
  • 2002 "2002 HCP Juried Exhibition," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.
  • 2002 "LaGrange National XXII Biennial," Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA.
  • 2001 "Poetic Localities," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.
  • 2001 "Red Hot Art," Red Gallery, Savannah, GA.
  • 2001 "2001 Print Auction & Exhibit," Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.
  • 2000 "Photo Americas,' Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.
  • 2000 "Silverworks 2000," Sante Fe Gallery, Gainsville, FL.
  • 1997 "New Works By Southern Photographers," Juried by
  • Debbie Fleming Caffery, L.S.U., Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 1996 "Coastweeks 1996," Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA.
  • 1996 "9th National Juried Art Exhibition," The South Cobb Arts Alliance, Mableton, GA.
  • 1996 "1996 Visual Arts Exhibition," Decatur Arts Alliance, Decatur, GA.
  • 1996 "LaGrange National XIX Biennial," Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA.
  • 1995 "The Art of Photography," Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • 1995 "Second Annual Photography Exhibition," Thomasville Arts Guild, Thomasville, GA.
  • 1995 "Art With a Southern Drawl," Mobile College, Mobile, AL.
  • 1995 "Phototropolis 95," San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA.
  • 1994 "Photo Biennial 1994," Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT.
  • 1994 "Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art - 12th Juried Exhibition," Augusta, GA.
  • 1994 "First Annual Juried Photography Exhibition," Kennesaw State College, Kennesaw, GA.
  • 1993 "First Annual Photo Exhibition," The Arts Connection, Atlanta, GA.
  • 1993 "A Midsummer=s Caprice," The Puchong Gallery, New York, NY.
  • 1993 "Art With a Southern Drawl," Mobile College, Mobile, AL.
  • 1992 "Annual Members Show," The Atlanta Photography Gallery.
  • 1992 "X Show," Neikrug Photographica Gallery, New York, NY.

Solo Exhibition History

  • 2009 “The Document-Photography Invitational,” Crealde School of Art, Winter Park, FL.
  • 2009 “The Last Harvest,” Perrel Gallery, Tucker Arts Center. Norfolk, VA
  • 2008 “The Last Harvest,” Atrium Gallery, Atlanta International Airport. Atlanta, GA.
  • 2008 “The Last Harvest,” Arts Center Clayton, Jonesboro, GA.
  • 2008 “The Last Harvest,” The Photography Center, Columbus, GA.
  • 2006 “Truck Farmers -The Last Harvest,” Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2005 "Truck Farmers-The Last Harvest," Options Gallery, Odessa, TX.
  • 2005 "Truck Farmers-The Last Harvest," Photomedia Center, Erie, PA.
  • 2003 "The Last Harvest," Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2002 "The Last Harvest," Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, TX.
  • 2001 "The Last Harvest," University of Minnesota - St. Paul , MN.
  • 2000 "The Last Harvest," William Woods University - Fulton, MO.
  • 1999 "Truck Farmers - The Last Harvest" - Blue Sky Photography Gallery - Portland, OR.
  • 1998 "The Last Harvest," Bergen Gallery, Savannah, GA.
  • 1993 "Black and White Landscapes," Clayton County Library, Morrow, GA.
  • 1993 "Black and White Portraits," Clayton County Headquarters Library, Jonesboro, GA.

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