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Rusty Miller's life would make a great Hollywood movie. Born into one of Atlanta's Buckhead families, he never really felt comfortable with what was considered the acceptable way to make a living. "Crazy and kind" are the words used by his family and friends to describe him.

Although he tried to follow his father's footsteps into the printing business, Miller found his passion in photography. In the 1960s, Miller opened his commercial photography business in Atlanta, finding success and receiving advertising awards for his work. On the weekends, though, is when Miller created his best work and what kept him in the darkroom for hours printing from the negatives.

What Rusty Miller captured was the life of the people in the Summerhill, Vine City and Fourth Ward areas of Atlanta at a time when the Civil Rights Movement was changing Atlanta's world. It was also when the Summerhill area was being demolished to build the Fulton County Stadium.

There is in these images a real connection to the people, their spirit and their heart, rarely seen in photography today. Children laughing as they squish into a makeshift go-cart made from a fruit crate or as they run and roll old tires in a race down a hill. Whether sitting on a porch or hanging near the local grocery store, men and women are making small talk on a hot summer day and watching people go by.

When Miller returned from Hollywood in 1976, the bus became another setting for Miller to quietly study the moods of the passengers; some lost in thought and distant from Miller, others aware of his camera.

In his carefully crafted prints of full rich toned blacks and brilliant highlights, Rusty Miller tells us of the human experience as well as his own passionate sense of commitment.

This work has never been exhibited or published before 2014.




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