‘A Great Day in Atlanta’ hits 10-year mark

A decade has passed since John Crooms snapped the now-historic photo


It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since photographer John Crooms snapped the now-historic photo “A Great Day in Atlanta.”

The image - which was co-developed by ATL-based cultural event promoter Kemi Bennings (who, along with photographer Annette Brown, recently produced the photo exhibit “Ministers of Sound”) and patterned after the legendary, 1950s-era, jazz-oriented photo “A Great Day in Harlem” - gathered together dozens of singers, musicians, DJs, tastemakers, and more from Atlanta’s soul scene (such as Funk Jazz Kafe creator Jason Orr, vocalist Dionne Farris, Speech from Arrested Development, and DJ Kemit, among many others) and was shot at Clark Atlanta University in 2003.