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Lynching photos to have first international showing

“Without Sanctuary,” the searing collection of lynching photos and post cards owned by Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights, will have its first international exposure at Les Rencontres d’Arles, the prestigious photography exposition in southern France.

Seventy of the 225 photos and some anti-lynching ephemera will be exhibited — aptly — in the crypt of a medieval church. Former Atlantan James Allen, who built the collection with John Littlefield, selected the objects and will participate in a panel discussion there with CCHR executive director Doug Shipman, who engineered the acquisition in 2008.

The collection never fails to provoke, and it drew 176,000 visitors when it was exhibited at Atlanta’s King National Historic Site in 2002. Shipman will be posting updates on the reaction during his visit, July 6-12 on his pages at Facebook and Linked In. Look for tweets at Twitter@dougcchr.

The festival in Arles runs July to Sept. 13.

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