The XChange Gallery

© Raymond McCrea Jones

Birth of a Warrior

Featuring work by: Raymond McCrea Jones

Opening Reception & Book Signing Friday, October 2, 7- 9pm
OPEN HOUSE Artist Talk & Book Signing Sunday, October 11, 2:30pm

This solo exhibition presented by the Arts Exchange features photographs from "Birth of a Warrior: Ten Weeks in Basic Training" by Raymond McCrea Jones published by University Press of New England imprint ForeEdge, September 2015.

The stunning photographs in "Birth of a Warrior" chronicle the transformation of 162 young men from across the country into U.S. Army Delta Company 2/47. From four in the morning until late at night, through arrival, processing, outfitting, marching, inspection, drill, physical training, combat training, and live-fire exercises, Jones documents an astonishing metamorphosis. Granted unprecedented access to the lives of these recruits and the NCOs responsible for their basic training, he photographs everything from their first haircuts to the tossing of their caps at graduation. Birth of a Warrior is both their story and our story: a profound look at the culture and humanity of those who go off to war.

Raymond McCrea Jones is a photographer and filmmaker based in Atlanta. He has worked for institutions like The New York Times and CNN; his clients include brands such as Georgia Pacific and Delta; and his photographs have appeared in publications around the world. Jones is represented by Redux Pictures and the Lisa Ekus Group.

Exhibition Oct 2 - Oct 31
Gallery Hours: Thu-Sat: 12-6pm



Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Birth of a Warrior
Featuring photography by Raymond McCrea Jones
Friday, Oct. 2 - Saturday, Oct. 31
Opening Reception: Friday, Oct 2, 7pm to 9pm
Opening Reception
Open House Artist Talk
Sunday, Oct 11, 2-5pm

Gallery hours: Thu, Fri, Sat: 1 – 6pm
and by appointment 

Join us to celebrate the official release of Birth of a Warrior: Ten Weeks in Basic Training (UPNE, 2015) and the opening of the solo exhibition of photographs from the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the artist at the Opening Reception and Artist Talk.


Domestic Violence Video Shoot



Atlanta Word Works
Literary Art Series

Saturday, Oct 24, 31
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28



Atlanta Interactive Theater
Saturday, Nov 14
All Public Spaces

New Modern Dance Class
Instructor: Emily Cargill
7-8:15 pm
Every Monday, Sept 14 to Nov2
$8 per class

Emily Cargill Dancers

Wed-Fri, Oct 21-23, 6:30-9pm
Sun, Oct 25, 10:30am-1:30pm
Sun, Nov 8, 12noon-5pm
Sat, Nov 14, 10:30 am-3pm
Sun, Nov 15,  12noon-5pm

Handpicked Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct 31, 8:00pm-1:00am
All Public Spaces
Dear Mr. Peasant Record Release Show
Friday, Nov 13,
Doors Open 7pm



The Arts Exchange may be ideally suited for your performance, arts showcase, rehearsals or social event. Contact us to book the Paul Robeson Theatre or the Ebon Dooley Board Room. Ask about our creative use of additional public spaces for receptions and vendor marketplaces.



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