About Joeff Davis

Awards and Recognitions

2014 Winner Atlanta Press Club – Photojournalist of the Year

2014 Winner Association of Alternative Newsmedia - Best Blog – Group Award

2013 Winner Association of Alternative Newsmedia - Election Coverage – Group Award

2012 Winner Association of Alternative Newsmedia - Best Photography

2011 Fifty Most Creative Atlantans by Common Creative magazine

2010 Winner Association of Alternative Newsmedia - Best Photography

2009 Winner Atlanta Press Club - Photojournalist of the Year 

Photo Editor – Chief Photographer, 2006-Present

Creative Loafing (www.clatl.com), Circulation 100,000, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Director of Photography for fifth largest alternative newsweekly in the United States
  • Shoot and edit photography for cover and feature stories, photo galleries and special issues in print and online
  • Research photographs from multiple sources, license images, negotiate rights and usage payments
  • Hire, manage and supervise photographers, videographers, assistants and interns
  • Prepare images for print and online using Photoshop, Lightroom and Photo Mechanic
  • Shoot, direct and produce videos for website (1,000,000 + Views)
  • Manage photo budget, maintain contracts, purchase equipment
  • Supervise, manage and build photo archive of more than 100,000 images
  • Create photo guidelines and photo desk standards
  • Write blog posts, feature stories and opinion columns
  • Member of editorial board

Selected Editorial and Commercial Clients

New York Times, Rolling Stone, New York, Spin, Huffington Post, Pitchfork, Associated Press, Guardian, USA Today, New York Review of Books, Bloomberg, Playboy.com, Atlantic Monthly, Chicago Tribune, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, CNN, Atlanta Magazine, Vice, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, The Sun (United Kingdom), People, Wikipedia, Village Voice, LA Weekly, Chicago Reader, Washington City Paper, Boston Phoenix, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Hartford Advocate, Valley Advocate, Las Vegas City Life, Texas Observer, Nashville Scene, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Washington Post.com, MSNBC.com, Men’s Journal, the Progressive, In These Times, Milwaukee Sentinel, CBSNews, Where, Might, Salon, George, Zmag, Fair, New City, Humanist, Common Cause, Crooks & Liars, Metromix.com, Citysearch.com, Microsoft, Mobile Oil, Allstate Insurance, Hyatt Hotels, Discovery Channel, IKEA, David Lettermen Show, League of Chicago Theatres, University of Chicago, Universal Pictures, International Rescue Committee, Sierra Club, ACLU, NPR, Amnesty International  

Selected Exhibitions and Museum Collections

  • "Goodie Mob," National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, 2016, Permanent Display
  • "Edge to Edge," Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Atlanta, 2016 
  • “Portrait of Malachi Ritscher,” Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, 2014
  • “The Airport Photos,” 16 – 30X40 prints, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, 2014
  • “Portraits of Poverty,” Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  •  “A New Animal,” Highland Ballroom, Atlanta, 2010
  • “Political Frenzy,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2008
  •  “We Are All Sean Bell,” Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Atlanta, 2008
  • “Strange True Tales,” Composition Gallery, Atlanta, 2007
  • “Home and the War,” Composition Gallery, Atlanta, 2007
  • “Midwest Project Portfolio Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
  • “People of Compassion and Other Strange But True Images,” Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL, and Heartland Café and Gallery, Chicago, 2006
  • “Nelson Algren Birthday Party,” 10 Images to Algren’s Prose Poem “City On The Make,” Acme Art Works, Chicago, 2006
  • “A Perfect Union … More or Less,” Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 2004
  • “Brothers,” Leadway Gallery, Chicago, 2004
  • “Dancing the Revolution,” HotHouse, Chicago, 2003
  • “Inauguration Blues,” Café Boost, Chicago, 2001
  • “On the Trail See Them Run,” Stolen Buick Gallery, Chicago, 2000
  • “Homegrown,” Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2000         
  • “On The Prowl,” Butcher Shop, Chicago, 2000
  • “Images from the Campaign Trail,” Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1997

 Photographs Published in Books

  • "Inspired Georgia," Edited by Judson Mitcham and Michael David Murphy, University Georgia Press, 2016
  • "America, the Owners Manual: Making Government Work," 2nd edition, By Bob Graham, CQ Press, 2016
  • "Public Collectors" By Marc Fischer, Inventory Press, 2014
  • “Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics and Injustice” Edited by Charis E. Kubrin, New York University Press, 2012
  • “Reimagining Capitalism: Law, Economic Power and the Subprime Crisis” By Professor Steven Ramirez, New York University Press, 2012
  • “Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom” By Jodi Anderson, Daniel Ehrenhaft and Andisheh Nouraee, Walker & Company, 2011
  • “Human Rights” By Tine Junge Nielsen and Christel Tajo-Hjenner, Gyldendal, 2011
  • “BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family” By Mara Shalhoup, St. Martin’s Press, 2010
  • “The Highs & Lows of Little Five: A History of Little Five Points” By Robert Hartle Jr., The History Press, 2010
  • “Red State Rising: Triumph of the Republican Party in Georgia” By Tommy Hills, Stroud & Hall, 2009
  • “The Americas: Where to Go” Produced by Dorling Kindersley, 2008
  • “Real City: A Chicago Travel Guide” Produced by Dorling Kindersley, 2007
  • “I Mean It From My Heart: Stories and Portraits In Chicago Blues” By David Whiteis, University of Illinois Press, 2006
  • “Stonehenge Earth and Sky” By Dr. Gerald Hawkins and Hubert A. Allen Jr., Wessex Books, 2004
  • “Appeal To Reason: 25 Years of In These Times” Edited by Craig Aaron, 7 Stories Press, 2002

Photography Instructor, 1993-2005

  • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 2000-2005 Taught beginning and intermediate photography
  • Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1997-2002 Created, taught and directed Community Art Center Photography Program
  • Positive Development, Holyoke, Mass., 1993-1997 Founded, taught and directed free photography program for residents of impoverished neighborhoods. Raised more than $60,000 in operating costs, designed curriculum for free inner-city photography program, taught hundreds of photography workshops to youth and adults, curated traveling exhibitions of students work


Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Major: Photography and American History

Bachelor of Arts, May 1993