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Flappers and Facial Hair -The Augusta Metro Sprit

The Creator

Augusta Metro Sprit

Issue #22.27 :: 01/26/2011 – 02/01/2011

Think these two subjects are kind of odd ones to put together in a photography show? The Dorn Brothers don’t.


AUGUSTA, GA – Photographers and brothers Nate and Travis Dorn have a friendly rivalry with each other over their ever-changing facial hair. So the subject of their latest exhibition naturally grew out of that.  “We’re good at growing beards. It’s a natural-born talent,” older brother Nate Dorn said recently. “We compete with each other. It’s kind of like having your own disguise all the time.”   So for the past two years, the two Augusta natives and Lakeside grads found time between the editorial and wedding photography that keeps their Atlanta-based business afloat to search out the manliest of men to participate in their often wacky shoots for the exhibit.   The result is The Chronicles of Follicles and Other Less Hairy Works, part of which hangs at Frameworks and Tire City Potters downtown.

Sometimes, Nate said, they didn’t have to look far for subjects. Shishir Chokshi, who owns Tire City, is the subject of a photograph called “The Creator.” Augusta native Walker Howle, a member of Dead Confederate, is “The Grill Master” .
All of the photographs feature the characters’ back stories, written by Travis Dorn.
“We have little captions and story lines for each character,” Nate said. “The idea was for a coffee table book, which still might happen. Travis is actually a very good writer.”
The story of “The Cult Leader,” a photograph of a naked man sitting at a desk and reading a Bible while his shotgun sits nearby, is especially funny.
“You don’t know what it’s like to be a conduit of God,” it reads. “It’s a responsibility and pressure you cannot possibly maintain. … The Cult Leader has a very tough job.”

Joe the Barber

That photograph, Nate explained, was nominated for a recent photography award in the nude category. So “The Cult Leader,” with its large bearded subject, hung along with the other portraits, mostly of beautiful women.
Travis may have written the stories, but when it comes to actually taking the photographs, both brothers share equal responsibility.
“We both come up with the idea and concept,” he explained. “And while one is shooting, the other is directing. We both sort of take turns in that respect.”
The show hung in two different galleries in Atlanta this past year in events that featured novel aspects such as the Beard Booth, in which participants could don fake facial hair and have their pictures taken. Nate said a smaller version of the Beard Booth would be available at the reception in Augusta this Saturday, and that both brothers would talk about their creative process.

And for those who think the exhibit may have a little too much testosterone, the Dorns are also including photographs from their flapper exhibit.
“After looking at all those hairy men,” Nate explained, “we thought people might need to look at something different.”

1920s Flapper Photo

Artists Reception: The Chronicles of Follicles and Other Less Hairy Works
Frameworks and Tire City Potters
Saturday, January 29
7-11 p.m.

Beard-Booth Reception video


The Verge Artical on the Chronicles

The DornBrothers in The Verge Feb 2011

"The Outlaw"

"The Suberban Knight"

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