Virginie Drujon-Kippelen is a photographer whose work explores the visual representations of the natural world, investigating themes which include the sense of place, the notion of wilderness and the visualization of climate change. She engages with these questions through the practice of both documentary and conceptual fine art work.
Born and educated in France with a degree in philosophy and political sciences, Virginie came to the United States to complete a M.A in journalism ( University of Arizona). She did not receive a Brownie camera when she was a teen and she did not fall in love with photography when she developed her first film in a dark room. Her epiphany came later in life.
Besides working as a photographer, she devotes part of her time writing and filming about photographers and artists, in specialized media, nationally and internationally. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
To view her editorial and documentary work, go to https://www.virginiekphotography.com/index
EXHIBITS + PUBLICATIONS
2020: “Reclaimed by Nature: The Historic Davidson Quarries of Arabia Mountain,” DeKalb History Center Museum, Atlanta, Georgia.
2019: "Urban Wilderness + Man-Made Nature,” a collaborative work with Shannon Davis, Georgia Institute of Technology Kendeda Building for Innovative Design, Atlanta, Georgia.
2016: “Urban Wilderness + Man-Made Nature,” a collaborative work with Shannon Davis, Dana Fine Arts Center at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.
2015-2014: “Urban Wilderness + Man-Made Nature”, Atlanta Celebrates Photography; a collaborative installation with Shannon Davis, Trees Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga (2015) and Woodlands Garden, Decatur, GA (2014).GROUP EXHIBITS
2017: “Where we are,” Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Curator: Alan Rothschild, founder of The Do Good Fund, a public charity focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since WWII.
2012 : “Plastics,” exhibit acquisition of three photographs, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, WA.
“Disrupted Landscape,” self-published book, included in Fall Line Fifty, a juried selection of self-published books by Fall Line Press. Guest jurors included Teresa Burk and Elliot McNally of the ACA Library at SCAD and Michael Goodman of Nexus Press. April 2017
South x Southeast Photo magazine, Vol IV, issue 3, November/December 2012
SELECTED ART CRITIC REVIEWS
"At High, Alex Harris' photographs take a crack at catching ever-evolving South", ArtsATL, Dec. 17, 2019.
"In major High exhibit, Sally Mann exposes a conflicted, ugly, gorgeous South", ArstATL, October 28, 2019.
"Atlanta Celebrates Photography, from its galleries to its street sides, all month long", ArtsATL, October 1, 2019.
10 years of ArtsATL: Lucinda Bunnen's Astonishing 'Collection of Collections'", ArtsATL, September 13, 2019.
"Photographer Mark Steinmetz finds beauty at the Atlanta Airport", ArtsATL, February 28, 2018.
"'Picturing Justice' Showcases Photographers with an eye for social issues", ArtsATL, October 12, 2018.
"'Ebola: People+Public Health+Political Will' Articulates the prevention of an epidemic", ArtsATL, July 2017.
Master of Arts (M.A.), Journalism. University of Arizona | 1991-1993
B.A. ( French Maitrise), University of Paris X, France. Philosophy and political sciences | 1985-1989
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia - General member
Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, Georgia - General member
American Photographic Artists (APA) - General member