I was a Yankee from Philly moving to the south in 1974 with all of my pre-conceived notions about life here. Some of them were true. A small town just 35 miles north of Atlanta was still showing signs of segregation saying "Whites Only". Klan rallies were still occurring right outside of the city and the Confederate flag was still hanging at the capitol.

But Atlanta was in the beginning stages of change and eager to improve its image. When I started photographing here while in art school in 1978, I discovered two distinctly different places, one on the road to development and the other frozen in time. These offered some unique juxtapositions; the gentility and the cruelty, the beauty and the absurdity, the new and the old, the rich and the poor.

For the most part, these photos and ones in other documentaries on this site represent a southern life and history that no longer exists to any great extension in Atlanta, but can still be found in some of the smaller towns around it and in the southeast.

Clayton Cafe , Snapping Beans

Clayton Cafe , Snapping Beans

Boy from Tiger, Georgia, 1979

Boy from Tiger, Georgia, 1979

Roadworker, Atlanta, GA, 2001

Roadworker, Atlanta, GA, 2001

Auburn Market 1, 1978

Auburn Market 1, 1978

Auburn Market 2, 1978

Auburn Market 2, 1978

Mitch Werbell, Mercenary, 1983

Mitch Werbell, Mercenary, 1983

Dent Myers, Stonewall Jackson Reincarnated, 1983

Dent Myers, Stonewall Jackson Reincarnated, 1983

Vivian and Peggy's , 1981

Vivian and Peggy's , 1981

Hangin' , Little 5 Points, Atlanta, 1978

Hangin' , Little 5 Points, Atlanta, 1978

Sisters, Family Reunion, Gay, GA., 1980

Sisters, Family Reunion, Gay, GA., 1980

Sisters 2, 1980

Sisters 2, 1980

Sisters 3, 1980

Sisters 3, 1980

Homeless, Poster for Union Mission, 1985.

Homeless, Poster for Union Mission, 1985.

Dana,  1981

Dana, 1981

Chastity, Cricket and Tabatha, 1981

Chastity, Cricket and Tabatha, 1981

Pawn Shop Owner, Little 5 Points, Atlanta, 1979.

Pawn Shop Owner, Little 5 Points, Atlanta, 1979.

Plaza Drugs, Atlanta, 1978.

Plaza Drugs, Atlanta, 1978.

Shoe Shine , 37 years,1978.

Shoe Shine , 37 years,1978.

Waiting, Little 5 Points, 1980

Waiting, Little 5 Points, 1980

Union Mission, 1982.

Union Mission, 1982.

Walking Pug, Savannah, 1981

Walking Pug, Savannah, 1981

Misfit, Atlanta, 1986.

Misfit, Atlanta, 1986.

Colonial Cab, Atlanta, 1979.

Colonial Cab, Atlanta, 1979.

Free Hugs, Little Five Points, Atlanta, 1978.

Free Hugs, Little Five Points, Atlanta, 1978.

Cashier, Plaza Drugs, Atlanta, 1977.

Cashier, Plaza Drugs, Atlanta, 1977.

Dapper, Little 5 Points, 1985.

Dapper, Little 5 Points, 1985.

General Store, Gillsville, GA, 1980.

General Store, Gillsville, GA, 1980.

Whittlin', Gillsville, GA, 1980

Whittlin', Gillsville, GA, 1980

Hotel Maids, Hyatt Ravinia, 1995.

Hotel Maids, Hyatt Ravinia, 1995.

Hotel Maid, Hyatt Ravinia 2, 1995

Hotel Maid, Hyatt Ravinia 2, 1995

Cotton Mill Worker 1

Cotton Mill Worker 1

Cotton Mill Worker 2

Cotton Mill Worker 2

Cotton Mill Worker 3

Cotton Mill Worker 3

Boy at Cotton Mill, Rutledge, GA

Boy at Cotton Mill, Rutledge, GA

The 16 Noble Bus, Atlanta, 1978.

The 16 Noble Bus, Atlanta, 1978.

The 16 Noble Bus 2, 1978.

The 16 Noble Bus 2, 1978.

The 16 Noble Bus 3, 1978.

The 16 Noble Bus 3, 1978.

Vivian and Peggy's Salon, Atlanta, 1981

Vivian and Peggy's Salon, Atlanta, 1981

Macy's Cinderella Beauty Salon,  Atlanta,1981

Macy's Cinderella Beauty Salon, Atlanta,1981

Pharmacist, Atlanta, 1977.

Pharmacist, Atlanta, 1977.

Soda Counter, Atlanta, 1977.

Soda Counter, Atlanta, 1977.

Lesley Ann Potter, former stripper

Lesley Ann Potter, former stripper

Mr. Wallace, Fiddle Maker,  Atlanta, 1977

Mr. Wallace, Fiddle Maker, Atlanta, 1977

Church of God Yard Sale, 1980.

Church of God Yard Sale, 1980.

Tractor Boys, 1993.

Tractor Boys, 1993.

Barnum and Bailey Clowns, Atlanta,1977.

Barnum and Bailey Clowns, Atlanta,1977.

Mother and Son, Tiger, Georgia, 1979

Mother and Son, Tiger, Georgia, 1979

Clayton Hotel Lobby, 1979.

Clayton Hotel Lobby, 1979.

Fisherman, Brunswick, Georgia, 1989.

Fisherman, Brunswick, Georgia, 1989.

Civil War Ruin, Acworth, GA, 1993.

Civil War Ruin, Acworth, GA, 1993.

Civil War Ruin, Acworth, GA, 1993.

Civil War Ruin, Acworth, GA, 1993.

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 2,1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 2,1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 3, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Worker, 3, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Workers, 2,  1994

Union Camp Paper Mill Workers, 2, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill, Savannah 2, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill, Savannah 2, 1994

Union Camp Paper Mill, Savannah, 1994.

Union Camp Paper Mill, Savannah, 1994.