Cam Kirk Presents: The Day 4 Exhibit
A new perspective on Atlanta's icons
In documenting Atlanta’s up-and-coming artists during their formative stages, photographer Cam Kirk has provided an intimate look at the South’s rising stars in their their respective backyards whilst they realize fame on a national level. Seemingly, his success is the result of an unrelenting work ethic, as well as a desire to better creative culture and the community that fosters it.
Cam’s latest project, The Day 4 Exhibit, speaks to his community-first mindset, as he champions ATL’s soon-to-be icons on a new stage.
“My ultimate goal with the Day 4 Exhibit is to shine light on Atlanta’s rising stars and to continue to push the envelope of art and photography with innovative exhibit ideas,” Cam says. “I want to bring the art world directly to the streets through my photography similar to the work of a graffiti artist.”
Showcasing his unreleased work on billboards, Cam reinforces the magnitude of Atlanta’s cultural footprint, as the artists featured have become larger-than-life figures within their community following their breakout success. The medium is somewhat challenging, however, as the majority of his images weren’t intended for the narrow aspect ratio provided. However, as he plans to continue the series, I imagine that Cam will frame accordingly going forward.
Tragically, the first artist featured, Bankroll Fresh, isn’t here to enjoy the moment. “Life is way too short to be tripping over something small,” Cam says of the senseless violence that resulted in Bankroll’s death. He was in the studio with Rae Sremmurd when the news of Bankroll’s murder first reached him. “The vibe was destroyed. No one could record the rest of the night.” Understandably, it was a sobering moment for those close to Bankroll. Cam emphasizes the fallen rapper was a good friend to many within Atlanta’s music scene. Hopefully, the billboard serves as testament to his legacy, as well as a sobering reminder that it was cut too short.
The first billboard from Cam Kirk’s Day 4 exhibit is on view now at in Atlanta, Georgia, at 10th Street and Northside Drive. If you’re interested in supporting the project, you can donate to the official Kickstarter here. In the midst of planning his next move, Cam offered this:
“The biggest advice I give to photographers is to develop your own style and brand and push yourself to be as creative and innovative as possible. Rules do not exist anymore do whatever you are passionate about. Who would have ever thought I could turn an old church into a trap house fit for Gucci Mane, or that I could design and put my work on billboards just for the kick of it? I’m a living testament that you can do whatever you can imagine.”