Frenier’s Landing, LaPlace, Louisiana ©Bob Newman


Labor Day with Molly Roberts

Molena, Georgia

Here’s the Plan!


Saturday, September 1st:

8:30am Arrive South x Southeast Photogallery for greetings along with coffee, juice and pastries.

How can we animate the history of places that are laden with meaning? How can we express our own experiences through the landscape? Time moves on but memories remain.

As a group, we’ll look deeply at some master work from this genre, for clues to inspire self-expression and interpretive techniques. We’ll embark on a meditative walk in an interesting location. Then we will apply the ideas that resonate with our inquiry to local landscapes and locations. -Molly Roberts

Molly’s talk on southern master photographers, landscapes, light, technique, special effects, analogue vs. digital, perspective, tonality, found objects, arrangements… Southern photographers she will touch on include Andrew Moore, William Eggleston, Eudora Welty, Wright Morris, Sally Mann, Keith Carter, Eliot Dudik, and Jeanine Michna-Bales.
As a photo editor Molly Roberts has lent support and guidance to photographers working on long -term projects, helping to shape the narrative and refine the approach. This workshop could be useful for those beginning a project, or those shaping existing work. (see full bio below)
There’s Still Time to Reconsider ©Chelle Delaney


11:00-12:00pm Brunch at the gallery
12:00-5:00pm Shooting historic sites in Meriwether County with Molly on a guided tour.  The tour will include cemeteries, churches, courthouses, and Pine Mountain (we will caravan for this excursion and ride-sharing is appreciated)
5:00-7:00pm Opening Reception at South x Southeast PhotoGallery, Molena, Ga.
Decommissioned Rocket, Atlanta, Ga. 2008


Sunday, September 2, 2018

8:30am Arrive at the Gallery for coffee and pastries
9:00-1:00pm Shooting historic architectural sites in Pike County with Molly on a guided tour. This tour will include homes, courthouses, and churches (we will caravan for this excursion and ride-sharing is appreciated)
Boys and Sky, Waveland, Mississippi ©Jan Arrigo


1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch at the Gallery
2:00 – 5’ish pm Molly will host a group critique of images from the weekend in the Gallery.
5’ish pm Cookout and cocktails, last minute Q&A, and farewells.

Full Rate: $875 CLICK HERE



Molly Roberts is a photography editor, curator and photographer; she recently joined National Geographic Magazine as a Senior Photography Editor after 15 years as Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine. Previously she led the Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend photography team.

With 25years experience in the magazine publishing world, she is responsible for the content and appearance of many magazines, books, web sites and apps.  Roberts is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyes USA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use powerful imagery to help illuminate complex issues facing America. Also committed to developing diverse voices in the media, she is currently the acting director and board member of the DC based, Women Photojournalists of Washington.


As a teenager, I stumbled upon the work of Robert Frank and Diane Arbus in the Harvard Square bookstore and time stood still.
I decided it was the most revolutionary art form I’d ever experienced and I wanted it in my life. Since then I studied photography at UMD with John Gossage and along the way with many other generous mentors and creative souls. I have worked as a photographer for newspapers, magazines and books. I have edited books, magazine and special issues. I’ve judged photo contests and given lectures. Mostly, I’ve just enjoyed a life made richer by photography, a medium that is wonderfully suited to explore and make sense of the world and the issues that surround us.”


Roberts curated the exhibitions; “Uncommon Beauty” for Art Works Projects in Chicago, “Faces of the Child Migrant Crisis” for HumanEYES USA, “Home” for the Osso Bay Biennale at the University of Texas at Corpus Christi and was a co-curator for a  BronxDocumentary Center exhibit “ Visual Stories Exploring Global Themes”. She has been an invited reviewer, speaker, panelist and judge for various professional organizations and is involved in educational photo reviews and panels for National Magazine Awards, Look3 Festival of the Photograph, Santa Fe Review, New York Times Portfolio Review, International Center for Photography, Women Photojournalists of Washington, PhotoNOLA, Medium Festival of Photography, Texas Photo Roundup, League of Conservation Photographers, Nature’s Best, APA, Lens Culture, Society of American Travel Writers, Social Documentary Network, Fotoweek DC, Artworks Projects Emerging Lens award and FotoEvidence. Originally from Texas, she lives in the DC area with her animal menagerie and an unmanageable number of photography books.