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June 19, 2016

That Girl…

Biltmore Avenue, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

That Girl

That Girl

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January 26, 2015

The Full Monte Carlo

Walnut Street, downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

The Full Monte (Carlo)

The Full Monte (Carlo)

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October 24, 2014

To All My Dear Friends

October 22, 2014

I was recently invited by violinist/guitarist Marc Hennessey of the local Asheville band To All My Dear Friends to take some photographs of his ensemble  videotaping atop the Aloft Hotel located in downtown Asheville. Below are several photos of a series I captured that afternoon.

Marc Hennessey

Marc Hennessey

The video was filmed and choreographed by photographer/filmmaker Erin Derham (Busker Blues) and her team as a part of a promotional campaign for the group’s new album Bloom.

Josh Newton

Josh Newton

It was a windy, but dry and sunny October afternoon. Simultaneously wielding two cameras outfitted with different lenses, and striving to stay out of the way, I shot just outside and around the field of view of the film crew.

Marc and Josh

Marc and Josh

The images presented here capture the cinematic essence I felt was conveyed by the group’s performance as they mimed to their music played over speakers.

WatermarkTo All My Dear Friends 2014_11 small

More information on the new release and project is available at toallmydearfriends.com.

For more photos, visit the To All My Dear Friends Album on flickr.

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July 13, 2014

Urban Photography From The Streets Of A Bohemian Mountain Town – Photography Exhibition and Book Release.

Urban Photography From The Streets Of A Bohemian Mountain Town

Urban Photography From The Streets Of A Bohemian Mountain Town

I will hold an exhibition and book release announcement this August at Grateful Steps Publishing House, Bookshop and Gallery for my upcoming street photography book entitled “Urban Photography From the Streets Of A Bohemian Mountain Town,The Art Of Performance. A Journal of Asheville Street Photography.”

The work incorporates a mix of photojournalism with a traditional approach to street photography. The book documents in both words and images the dichotomies and juxtapositions of an urban bohemian environment intertwined with a southern Appalachian culture. The collection focuses on the performance of living, creating, and being an “Ashevillian” in downtown Asheville. The exhibition will showcase photographic excerpts from the book, including street performers and daily life in the city.

The work will be available in both print and ebook. For information on the book, visit http://joelongobardiphotography.com/books.html

Grateful Steps is located at 159 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. The exhibit will run from August 1 to August 30, 2014. Opening reception is on a Friday, August 8 at 6pm. All works on display are for sale.

For further information, visit GratefulSteps.org for updates of upcoming events, or contact Micki Cabaniss Eutsler at micki@gratefulsteps.org.

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September 6, 2013

Skateboarding on Biltmore

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Sometimes in the aftermath, one can find the order out of chaos. A simpler approach to the nuances of life.

August 6, 2013

Mountain Moral Monday

Pack Square Park on August 5th, 2013.
Asheville, North Carolina.

Moral Monday ran for an uninterrupted 12 weeks in the North Carolina State capital of Raleigh. Nearly 1000 individuals were arrested in defiance of draconian measures implemented by the North Carolina State Legislator that have severely rolled back much of the social progress made in the State over the last 60 years. This includes and is not limited to women’s reproduction rights, cuts to education, infringement of voting accessibility, the privatization of city water supplies, and the introduction of fracking running an environmental risk to the very water private enterprises are striving to procure and operate for profit. Under the guidance of Dr. William Barber from the NC state NAACP (and to put things into perspective, Dr. Barber was introduced by Asheville’s first African-American mayor, Ms Terry Bellamy), the thirteenth “Mountain” Moral Monday was held in downtown Asheville attended by a police estimate of some 10,000 people.

In spite of the personal outrage and the number of people in attendance (including those who expressed their own conservative beliefs via anti-abortion signs and bloodied effigies), the event was a positive and inspiring two hours of peace, music and unity.

The long term plan under the guiding hand of Rev. Barber is to take the protest movement to all 13 of North Carolina’s congressional districts.

For more photos, please visit Mountain Moral Monday Set.

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July 28, 2013

The Final Act: Bele Chere, 2013

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Asheville, NC.

After 34 years, the annual three day street event known as Bele Chere bids a fond adieu to those who patronized its last 34 years of offerings of music, food, beer, and the ever increasing ubiquity of street preachers. Begun in 1979 as an attempt to revitalize the economy of downtown Asheville, the event continued to reinvent itself over the years. Abhorred by some, loved by many, the festivities provided a boost to the image of the little bohemian town of the hills.

Over the last several years, I enjoyed wandering the streets during the early setup of the event on Fridays, capturing a tapestry of intimacy and serendipity that caught my eye. Vendors seemed more relaxed. Street performers are livelier. People are less inebriated!

I caught a few images for my liking: various performers, people just strolling and eating, cops—those overcome with religious fervor! While preparing to leave, I noticed a street performer dressed in a black and white striped costume replete with a red tutu. He was dancing in front of some street preachers that were engaged in a yelling match with onlookers.

Bele Chere, 2013

Bele Chere, 2013

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I snapped off several shots documenting this narrative that played out before me. The image of the final embrace I believe summed up a positive lasting image of a street event that I’ve both enjoyed and tolerated since my first Bele Chere in 2000.

Bele Chere, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bele Chere, you’ll be missed, and definitely remembered.

For more photos, go to 34th Annual Bele Chere on Flickr.

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July 7, 2013

Asheville: Urban photography from the streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town.

Street photography in Asheville
UNCA Exhibition from August 16 to September 27, 2013

Asheville: Urban photography from the streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town. Street Photography by Joe Longobardi.

Asheville: Urban photography from the streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town. Street Photography by Joe Longobardi.

My latest exhibition being held at UNC Asheville takes a more academic approach in street photography revealing the dualities of traditional and conventional temperaments in Asheville—from the traditional Southern lifestyle to the influx of a greater ethnic diversity. The exhibition concentrates on varying dichotomies contrasting an array of subjects ranging from a prominent senior population against a growing youth culture; to focusing on conservative vs progressive values and bohemian temperaments. I have also attempted to afford a fair amount attention depicting examples of economic and philosophical disparities from street preachers to street performers to street people. The city itself becomes a backdrop that serves as host to the many faces and lifestyles that make up the whole of Asheville.

The juxtapositions of city life revolve around the contrasting attitudes and cultural climate of Asheville. I strive to capture frozen moments in time exploring the subtle transitions from chaos into a a synchronized uniformity and harmony—a oneness with the people—before transitioning back into the hustle of urban life. Each image is a personal sentiment extracting the essence of the memory of that moment. My aim is to show the gradual transition from a small bohemian Southern town into an emerging city.

The show will be held at the Mel Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library at UNC Asheville. The exhibit will run from August 16 to September 27, 2013. Opening reception is on a Tuesday, August 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All works on display are for sale.

For further information, visit the Ramsey Library website for updates of upcoming exhibitions and News & Events, or contact Nancy Hayes at nhayes@unca.edu.

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June 21, 2010

Summer at Pack Square Park, Asheville

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