FotoNews: October 2015

Hello and welcome to the October 2015 FotoNews!

In each edition, FotoDC will bring you the best photography events and news around town, courtesy of our FotoPartners (be sure to scroll all the way through!). To learn more about becoming one/getting involved click here.

And don't forget to save the FotoWeekDC 2015 dates!
November 7-15 2015
New Events added daily at

Last Chance to Enter: FotoWeekDC 2015 Competitions: Deadline is October 9th!

With a main focus on YOU and your singular point of view, three unique categories and nine experienced curators, the contest is a unique chance to gain exposure both during the FotoWeekDC festival and online on FotoDC's platforms.

You're Invited: The FotoWeekDC 2015 Opening Party is November 6th!

Join us for an exciting evening of photography exhibitions, open bars, small bites, photobooths, music, and more as we launch the 8th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival!

November 6th

The Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence
(2801 16th St. NW. Washington DC 20009)

Nature's Best Photography Presents: BEST OF THE BEST 

Winners from the Windland Smith Rice International Awards
Exhibition Oct. 24, 2015 - Oct. 2016

Enjoy 20 years of nature's finest moments selected from more than 500,000 images submitted by photographers from around the globe. More than 100 large-format prints along with an accompanying HD video will take you on a thrilling journey from the wild to the walls of the Smithsonian. Opening Reception reservations must be made in advance. Learn how you can enter your own photos in our ongoing photo competitions at

Public Exhibition Hours:
Free Admission. Open daily (except Dec. 25): 10 am–5:30 pm
National Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor (map)
10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20560

Opening Reception during FotoDC Week:
Thursday, Nov. 12th, 6:30pm–9:00 pm:

For reservation inquiries: 
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  Tenleytown Watch House & Water Tower - 2015  , by Sally Canzoneri

Tenleytown Watch House & Water Tower - 2015, by Sally Canzoneri

For the Record: Call for Submissions

Washington is a rapidly changing city. Your favorite places—like a coffee shop or hardware store— may soon be vanishing. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invites artists residing in the Washington area to enter For the Record, a juried exhibition and fundraiser.
Drawing upon For the Record’s successful premier in 2015, the Historical Society seeks to engage more artists in this exciting program. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists and raises funds to support the Historical Society’s exhibits, collections, and educational programs.

You're invited to our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015
Dock 5 at Union Market
1309 5th Street NE Washington, DC.
Hosted by Leon Harris, WJLA/ABC-7 News.
6:30PM Cocktails & Campaigns
7:30PM Dinner & Program
8:30PM Dessert Reception

WiLDSpeak, November 16th - Tickets now available!

Join the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) in Washington D.C. on November 16, 2015, along with some of the world’s leading photographers, scientists, and program implementers as we explore how visual media is turning up the dial on conservation efforts all around the world.

Join iLCP as well during Fotoweek DC for a day of conservation PhotoTalks,
“Bodies of Work - Bodies of Water,” on November 14, 2015

Carnegie Institution for Science
(1530 P Street NW, Washington DC 20005)

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
At the Smithsonian American Art Museum October 23, 2015-March 20, 2016

Image Credit: Irving PennBee, New York, 1995, Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the twentieth century. Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is the first retrospective of Penn’s work in nearly twenty years and celebrates his legacy as a modern master. Drawn entirely from SAAM’s extensive holdings, the exhibition includes 146 photographs from all stages of Penn’s career and debuts 100 photographs recently donated by The Irving Penn Foundation. Images that appeared in Voguemagazine are featured along with previously unseen or never exhibited photographs.

Opening Party — Friday, October 23, 8 p.m.–midnight

Celebrate the opening of Beyond Beauty with SAAM and event partner Brightest Young Things.

Free Public Programs— Friday, October 23, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m

  Esther Bubley, Children waiting for their mother to finish shopping, 1945; Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in.; Gift of Robert and Kathi Steinke; © Standard Oil (New Jersey) Collection #26162; Photographic Archives, University of Louisville; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth

Esther Bubley, Children waiting for their mother to finish shopping, 1945; Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in.; Gift of Robert and Kathi Steinke; © Standard Oil (New Jersey) Collection #26162; Photographic Archives, University of Louisville; Photograph by Lee Stalsworth

Esther Bubley Up Front 

September 4, 2015–January 17, 2016

During America’s golden age of photojournalism, freelance photographer Esther Bubley (1921–1998) cast her discerning eye over a broad range of subjects. Drawn from a recent donation to NMWA’s collection, this exhibition presents Bubley’s images of beauty pageants, circuses, amusement parks, boarding houses, barber shops, classrooms, clinics and kitchens. Bubley strove to give a human face to each story she covered, yet many of her images convey an ironic tone and suggest the momentous social changes that were developing in mid-20th-century America.   

Esther Bubley Up Front, presented in the Teresa Lozano Long Gallery of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, is organized by the museum and generously supported by its members.

  Photo Credit: El Bosque de Sarah by Diego Ortiz Mugica, silver gelatin print

Photo Credit: El Bosque de Sarah by Diego Ortiz Mugica, silver gelatin print

35 Years in Black & White: Diego Ortiz Mugica Photographs
(October 16 – November 30)

Kaller Fine Arts in cooperation with the Embassy of Argentina will feature Mugica’s classic photographs from his long career as well as an opportunity to preview his newest works.  Mugica is one of the most influential photographers working in Argentina today.   He is a renowned darkroom teacher with works in collections including  the Argentine President and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Kaller Fine Arts, lauded by Bethesda Magazine as designers’ favorite art resource,  is located in a private home/gallery.   One of DC’s best kept secrets, KFA has been showcasing over 30 international artists for 11 years.

Opening Reception
Friday, October 16  6-8:30 pm
Enjoy Argentine wine and appetizers

Artist Talk
Saturday, October 17  2 pm

Kaller Fine Arts
3732 Chesapeake St, NW

Washington, DC 20016

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The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehem, van Sweden

Opening October 17th, this exhibition showcases the revolutionary modern landscape architecture of Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, whose self-sustaining, meadow-like landscapes exemplified what came to be known as The New American Garden. Included are both contemporary and new photographs of key projects designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates over the past several decades, along with related drawings, artifacts, and original artworks that served as inspiration to the firm. 

The exhibition is being organized in collaboration with the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

"The Quality of Light.” by Pete McCutchen

Light can be soft and gentle, bright and bold; it brings drama and beauty.  Pete McCutchen explores that range in his luminescent show, "The Quality of Light." McCutchen’s exploration of light carries him across the United States, to Devil’s Tower, to LakeYellowstone, to the Plains of Illinois, to Las Vegas. He goes from national parks to abandoned factories to city streets.

He shows the mystery, and the glory, of light.

October 2 – November 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015, 6-8:30 pm

The Monroe Trust Presents, WOMEN OF COLOUR; 

by Violetta Markelou

Join The Monroe Trust Artist Collective with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Premier to celebrate the opening of Violetta Markelou's latest photography exhibit; WOMEN OF COLOUR, a portrait series of seven inspiring women with unparalleled style.

In an ever­changing and transient city, Washington DC’s fashion scene remains conservative with a styleless reputation. WOMEN OF COLOUR challenges this stereotype by highlighting the unique style and attitude of these women who live and work in the district.

This exhibit provides an in­depth account of professional women who break the stereotypical mold of the Washingtonian professional. A careful study of human perception is conducted. Personal style and perception versus outside perception is examined.
By: Jordan Monroe

Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

1515 14th St NW - Ste. 200 Washington, DC 20005

Ingrid Bergman Centennial: A Celebration of her Life & Legacy in House of Sweden

An exhibition about Sweden's iconic Hollywood actress is now open! The exhibit is open to the public on weekends, FREE admission and a guide is available on-site.

This exhibition will share with you the first years in the life of Sweden’s greatest actress and show how she transformed from a shy little orphan girl into a skillful and confident actress. 

August 29-December 6

Exhibition opening hours:
Saturdays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
House of Sweden
(2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007)

Mount Vernon in 3-D: Then & Now

Don a pair of 3-D glasses provided by Mount Vernon and experience historic views of Washington’s estate recreated with today’s 3-D technology. In our newest exhibit, Mount Vernon in 3-D: Then & Now, view photographs dating back to the 1850s at the place the photographer stood. Step back in time for a glimpse of Mount Vernon as it appeared in the 19th century. With twenty of these signs located around the estate, history will spring to life no matter where you roam!

George Washington's Mount Vernon
(3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway)