Ashley Gates

Ashley Gates is a Mississippi-born photographer living in New York. Her work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, the New Orleans Art Center, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Brickworks Gallery, and Black Box Gallery, among others. Her book of found Polaroids, We Didn’t See Each Other After That, was included in the Phoenix Art Museum’s INFOCUS photobook exhibit and was selected by Indie Photobook Library founder Larissa Leclair as one of photo-eye’s Best Photobooks of 2016.

Small, Strange Things

In her memoir Hold Still, Sally Mann writes about the Welsh word ‘hiraeth,’ which literally translates to “distance-pain.” She describes it as “a near-umbilical attachment to a place, not just free-floating nostalgia or a droopy houndlike wistfulness or the longing we associate with romantic love. No, this is a word about the pain of loving a place.”

Instant film is the medium I always return to when I want to interrogate this ‘distance-pain’ and my own memories associated with a place. An instant photograph is an irreplaceable object and a physical manifestation of our strange and malleable memory. A quiet, internal association suddenly becomes tangible, like a talisman worth holding in my hands.

To view more of Ashley Gates’ work please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Anna Walker Skillman
Owner / Director
Jackson Fine Art
Atlanta, Georgia

The time has come! We are SO EXCITED to announce that Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Take a look at our list of curators for this issue and submit today!

About : Anna Walker Skillman has been a loyal and active participant in the arts community for the last 26 years, and has owned and directed Jackson Fine Art since 2003. Exhibiting photography by both emerging and established artists, she continues her commitment to the arts in Atlanta and beyond.

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