THE DO GOOD FUND | Southern Photography Initiative

Gordon Parks
Department Store, Mobile, Alabama

I see a poor child, distraught mother; it's not important in that particular moment that I express my feelings, but it's important that I let the world know what they are thinking and what they are going through...And so I become an instrument for them. I think that's what the camera does. It serves a purpose."
- Gordon Parks

The Do Good Fund's new website will roll out soon - our 2016 acquisitions and Fall 2016 Exhibition Schedule will be updated when the site goes live. For now, stay current through our Facebook page and come see our new show, "Growing Up in the South," at the Willson Center on the campus of the University of Georgia. Thanks for your ongoing interest and support. Keep "Doing Good."

Who | What

The Do Good Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Columbus, Georgia. Since its founding in 2012, the Fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American Southern since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than a dozen Guggenheim Fellows to images by less well-known emerging photographers working in the region.

Do Good's mission is to make its collection over over 200 images broadly accessible through regional museums, nonprofit galleries and nontraditional venues, and to encourage complimentary, community-based programming to accompany each exhibition.

Recent press:

The Bitter Southerner, On Second Thought, The Southern Photographer (9/14), (5/15), and (10/15), Lenscratch and Oxford American.

Where | When


Athens, GA - January - March, 2016, A Conversation with Photographer Billy Weeks on Gordon Parks, February 16th, Russell Special Collections library; Bill Ferris Global Georgia lecture sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Georgia Museum of Art, February 18th; Portfolio Reviews and Photographers Panel, Lyndon House, February 19th, featuring Baldwin Lee, Mike Smith, Mark Steinmetz, Jill Frank, Michael David Murphy and panel moderator Marni Shindelman. More details on all of the Athens exhibitions and events available here.


Tracing the American South, curated by Tom Rankin and Rachel Boillot, Cassilhaus, Chapel Hill, NC, October 11 - November 17, 2015.

A Changing Nature: Photographs of the South, 1963-2014 and Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio, 1116-18 Main St., Greensboro, AL, May 15 - July 31, 2015.

Eternal Moments: Photographs of the South, the Smith Building, Marion, AL, May 15 - July 31, 2015.

Southern Landscape: Bearing the Mark University of New Orleans, St. Claude Gallery, New Orleans, LA, March 14 - April 5, 2015.

Behind the Lens: Women Photographers on Appalachia and the South - Tipton St. Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, March 2-29, 2015.

In the Mood to Do Good?

Contact the Fund to find out how to bring the collection to your community - now scheduling 2017-18 exhibitions.

Donate to our Photography Acquisition Fund.

Be Good. Do Good.