Around the world, photography galleries specialize in a wealth of different themes, from vintage prints to emerging artists, or from abstract photography to documentary series. But at Jackson Fine Art, located in Atlanta, Georgia, the thematic thread that ties artists together is simply: impact. The gallery represents seminal masters like Gordon Parks and Jacques Henri Lartigue, as well as established artists such as Sally Mann and Roger Ballen. There are also a number of newer artists on the roster, carefully selected for their thoughtful practice and effortless consolidation with the existing program.
Anna Walker Skillman, the owner and director of Jackson Fine Art, has felt a pull towards creative mediums since she was young, eventually studying Art History at the University of Georgia. After graduating, she worked with the Haines Gallery in San Francisco before becoming director of Jackson Fine Art in 1998. Six years later, in 2003, she purchased the institution from founder Jane Jackson, and has spent the last 17 years maintaining the gallery’s strong foundation, while introducing new works to her clientele.
We’re excited to have Anna Walker Skillman as a juror for this year’s LensCulture Black and White Photography Awards! In this interview, she speaks with Cat Lachowskyj about the importance of understanding photography’s materiality, the accessibility of online viewing rooms, and what she’ll be looking for from this year’s entrants.