This is a collection of photographer Francis Tatem's personal and professional work.

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Based in Washington, DC

Sunday, January 24, 2010

College Night at the High had lines out the door. Ana Sia and EP3 threw down at Apache Cafe.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


MLK DAY March and Rally. A really amazing event, thousands lined the streets of Atlanta for their annual MLK DAY Celebration on Auburn Ave. More photos to come.

A pool game gets serious.
The Graveyard/East Atlanta

Ruination @ The Five Spot

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Holy Hip Hop

This weekend the Christian hip hop community descended upon Atlanta for the annual Holy Hip Hop Award Show at Center Stage in Midtown. There were performers and fans from all over the country. Some of the music was more overtly religious than others, but all performers shared a common passion for spreading the gospel through hip hop. Many of the artist shared anecdotes of growing up in the projects and living a dangerous lifestyle until they decided to embrace Christianity.

Going into this I had no idea what to expect. I didn't know what kind of people would attend something like this or what the music would be like. It was a great experience. No one I met was proselytizing, instead I saw many people my age just having a good time and connecting with like minded individuals. While I don't ascribe to any particular religion, I think it is fascinating to examine different ways people practice their faith. Overall this might be the one place in music where the gold crosses and Jesus pieces might actually mean something.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Five Spot bartender and gallery curator, Erica Wagner, uses a small lighter and hot glue to assemble her PBR pig. The pig sculpture was created for the upcoming Atlanta PBR Art contest. Wagner says she was inspired by Charlotte's Web. Wagner likens the pig to PBR's ability to thrive despite unlikely odds. What was once a mediocre seller among the wasteland of cheap beers, PBR has recently developed a reputation and continues to soar in popularity. Thursday January 14th, 2010.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I thought it was supposed to be warm here? I wish these trees were real. Highs have been almost 30 below the average for the month.

Zappa's shadow. Dweezil Zappa plays Zappa at the Variety Playhouse.


This is my first week in Atlanta interning at Creative Loafing and it' going great, all though unusually cold.

The first couple images are from an Classical Indian Dance performance that occurred January 9th, to benefit A.I.D Atlanta. The girls would use red sharpies to color their feet in order to accentuate the intricate footwork during the dancing. Georgia State University student Siddharth Kelam, helps his mother Padmaja Kelam, prepare her make-up before the performance. Siddharth has been practicing this style of dance for 15 years under instruction of his parents, who run the Georgia based Kalavani Dance and Music Academy.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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