Composition GalleryComposition Gallery in Candler Park is celebrating its fourth anniversary tonight (Jan. 23) by presenting the work of four emerging photographers: Brittany Binler, Camilo Cruz, Rebecca Finley, and Tom Meiss. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10pm, and the exhibit will continue through March 7. The gallery is located at 1388 McLendon Ave. For directions and more info, visit

New York native Brittany Binler is a Philadelphia-based artist working primarily in photography. She serves as Senior Photographer at The Daily Pennsylvanian and her work has been exhibited in several galleries in Philadelphia and New York. The photographs featured in 4 For Four are from a series that explores ideas of image and representation. They serve as counterpoints to the romanticized perfection associated with the idea of suburbia while capturing the isolation and disconnection that these environments can sometimes engender.

Camilo Cruz holds an MFA in Photography from California State University at Long Beach. He has won numerous awards for his work, including First Place in the College Art Association’s MFA exhibition at the University of Southern California in 2009. His photography has been featured in galleries and museums throughout California, including the Irvine Fine Arts Center. His position as a Public Administrator at the L.A. County Courthouse affords him access to the people and environments that constitute our nation’s justice system. Since cameras are prohibited in the public spaces of the courthouse, he makes his photographs after normal working hours have ended, creating tableau “moments” from memory which speak to the law’s effects on those individuals both inside and outside the system.

Rebecca Finley holds an MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently Assistant Professor of Photography at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationwide, including those juried by Fay Gold, Joyce Tenneson, and Julian Cox. Her portraits are composed formally, but are intended to show her subjects comfortable in their own space. In an era of impersonal “communication”, Finley’s intention is to make real-life connections with people, and to provide an empathetic glimpse into the lives of others.

Atlanta-based artist Tom Meiss has been photographing for 40 years, and has exhibited steadily since 2002. His photographs have been featured at the Houston Center for Photography as well as in numerous regional exhibitions, including those juried by Fay Gold, Jane Jackson, and Alan Avery. Rather than photographing people, places, or objects, he seeks subject matter which will make intriguing graphic images within the four corners of his canvas. Without the use of any layering or compositing, Meiss captures, in camera, unique and intriguing works of art.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.