Mary Beth Meehan

Georgia

Brittany

Brittany

When Brittany saw the portrait we had made together, she winced. “I look so mean,” she said. We were standing in her office at… More

Carlos

Carlos

Since arriving in Georgia, Carlos has been doing manual labor: cutting the grass in people’s yards, painting the woodwork in people’s homes, laying pipes… More

Helen

Helen

To be Ms. Helen in 2019, or any one of her friends from the Howard Warner High School Class of ’54, is to carry… More

Kristina

Kristina

Once a thriving cotton-mill town, Grantville sits about ten miles south of Newnan at the southern edge of Coweta County. No industry replaced the… More

Jimmy

Jimmy

It was a sunny Saturday in April of 2018, and 700 law-enforcement officers in full riot gear were assembled in downtown Newnan. Members of… More

Jineet

Jineet

In the heart of downtown Newnan, near the municipal park and the Presbyterian Church, stands the Super Latino market. The shop serves as a… More

Teneka

Teneka

On the day of the senior prom in Newnan, Georgia, it was hot – unseasonably hot, I was told, for the South. I had… More

William

William

William cuts an almost mythic figure in Newnan: a courtly presence, spoken of by townspeople with a kind of reverence. The son of a… More

Kayla

Kayla

When Kayla’s first child was born, in 2013, she wanted a professional portrait made of the baby. But the photographer she called was charging… More

Rufus

Rufus

Gospel music was filling the air in the largest black church in Coweta County when I first saw Rufus. I was with a friend… More

Tina

Tina

One evening in early spring I was driving around the eastern edge of Newnan, where the road dips and turns away from the big-box… More

Coleman

Coleman

I met Coleman at a dinner at his parents’ home, on my first “exploratory visit” to Newnan. Though we’d had many conversations by phone… More

D.J.

D.J.

I first see D.J. along the route of the Veterans’ Day parade, in Newnan, Georgia. He’s sitting in a plastic folding chair patterned with… More

Zahraw and Aatika

Zahraw and Aatika

Zahraw and Aatika were born in Georgia and have spent their whole lives there. Their father, an engineer from Pakistan, emigrated to the United… More

L.C.

L.C.

It’s a bright fall morning in Courthouse Square, and I’m looking for a place to sit down. Farmers from around Newnan, Georgia, have set… More

Barbara

Barbara

While working in Georgia, I am trying to consider the long threads of history: how they come together to weave the present moment, tethering… More