FotoNews: December 2015 

Hello and welcome to the December 2015 FotoNews!

We want to thank everyone for an incredible and successful FotoWeekDC 2015! If you are new to the FotoDC community, every month we send out our FotoNews- a collection of the latest and greatest goings-on in the Washington D.C. photo community and beyond. 

Without further ado, here are the exhibitions and events coming your way this month! 

 Photo © Susana Raab - Miss Elvera Makes Her Entrance, Brothers Place SE, Washington, D.C., 2015. 16×20” Ultrachrome pigment print, edition of 10.

Photo © Susana Raab - Miss Elvera Makes Her Entrance, Brothers Place SE, Washington, D.C., 2015. 16×20” Ultrachrome pigment print, edition of 10.

LAST CHANCE: The Invisible Wall: Photographs by Susana Raab: October 21 - December 6, 2015

Susana Raab is a fine-art and documentary photographer based in Washington, D.C; she was born in Lima, Peru and raised throughout the United States. In addition to her personal work, she is a photographer for the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. The Invisible Wall documents disparities of race and class in Washington, D.C. through photographs of people and places in Anacostia, a historic neighborhood in the Southeast quadrant.

Open through December 6.

Lucille M. and Richard F.X. Spagnuolo Art Gallery
Walsh Building, Room 101
1221 36th Street N.W. Washington D.C. 20057

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Rhinos, Rhickshaws, & Revolutions: My Search for Truth: Tuesday, December 8


One night only! Travel with National Geographic photojournalist Ami Vitale on a fascinating personal odyssey through the images and adventures that have made her a globally celebrated global photographer. Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.” She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has also turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning a critically endangered species, the northern white rhino, back to the wild. 

Holiday Photo Classes with the Capital Photography Center: Multiple Dates Throughout December

Capital Photography Center is offering several classes geared towards capturing the holiday magic. Click the link for more.

 © Park Circus, still from The Children's Hour.

© Park Circus, still from The Children's Hour.

French Tribute to William Wyler: December 1, 9, and 10th, 2015

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, supported by the National Gallery of Art, present the special French Cinémathèque series French Tribute to William Wyler, as an introduction to the upcoming 2016 Retrospective organized by the Cinémathèque française. By presenting three different works from William Wyler’s filmography, the retrospective evokes the audacity of the filmmaker and acknowledges his contribution to cinema. Margaret Parsons, Head of Film Department at the National Gallery of Art will introduce the retrospective on December 1st during the opening reception in the presence of Catherine Wyler. Online registrations are required for these free admission screenings.

 Happy Howlidays by Sally Canzoneri

Happy Howlidays by Sally Canzoneri

Capturing Capitol Hill: Portrait of a Neighborhood

Capitol Hill is a neighborhood rich in history, community, architecture, faces, dogs, and more. One exhibit can't portray it all, but a collection of images can capture some of the spirit and visual excitement of the neighborhood, just as a portrait of a person can capture a bit of the spirit and life of its subject
In this exhibit, DC photographer Sally Canzoneri uses colorful, pictorial style photographs create a portrait of Capitol Hill. Though she works with digital technology, Canzoneri’s images look more like lithographs than photos; and the pictures have an “old fashioned” quality that often contrasts with their present day content. An exhibit of M. Alexander Gray’s meticulous intaglio and relief prints hangs near Canzoneri’s work giving viewers a chance to compare ancient and modern techniques for making multiple pictures.
Sally Canzoneri’s artist’s books and photographs have been shown in numerous juried exhibitions.

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

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

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

Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images that appeared in Vogue, 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, revealing the full expressive range of his work. The exhibition features work from all stages of Penn’s career—street scenes from the late 1930s, photographs of the American South from the early 1940s, celebrity portraits, fashion photographs, still lifes, and more private studio images.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has 5 days of Penn tours in a row 1:30pm on Dec 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
SAAM Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets, NW

Nature's Best Photography: Best of the Best Exhibition: Oct. 2015 - Aug. 2016

The opening gala was a night to remember at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. It was a wonderful celebration of nature through the art of photography. Photographers from near and far received awards as they shared their passion for the wild with guests, supporters, and sponsors. One of the largest Nature’s Best Photography exhibitions yet, the display has already become a huge success. 

If you attended the event, Nature's Best appreciates your interest in their program and would enjoy your thoughts on the exhibition. If you would like to get involved in their Awards program and its future, please feel free to email Stephen Freligh directly at

To see the gallery of award-winning images

View the inspiring HD video created to accompany the exhibition:

The Fall 20-year anniversary special edition of Nature's Best Photography makes a great holiday present for all photographers and nature lovers. On sale at the museum shops or order here.

Visit their website to find out about current photo competitions and get ready to enter the next Windland Awards opening in January

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

 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.

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

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

For the Record: Call for Submissions: Deadline January 3rd

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.

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)

Perspectives: Lara Baladi: August 29 – June 5, 2016

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage. Employing both archival material and Baladi’s own images, the work was transformed into a tapestry in 2007 through the use of a digital loom. Oum el Dounia reflects Baladi’s interest in the proliferation of images of Egypt, and in how technology and interactivity affect the creation, dissemination, and preservation of visual narratives.

Daily: 10:00am - 5:30pm

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Freer | Sackler
(1050 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20560)

Scaling Washington: Photographs by Colin Winterbottom: March 21st- January 3rd

In Scaling Washington, photographer Colin Winterbottom's debut museum exhibition, features stunning large-scale images of the post-earthquake restoration of the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. Winterbottom's images highlight the technical insights shared by the engineers and architects central to the restorations, giving visitors new perspectives on these symbolic icons. $8 for Adults/ $5 Children and Seniors/ Free for Members

Public Hours:
Monday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm

The National Building Museum
(401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001)

A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs at the Newseum

This gallery features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942 — the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled. Interactive touch screens feature more than 1,000 images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with the prize-winning photographers.


Public Hours:

9am - 5pm


(555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001)

That's it for December! Happy Holidays and we'll see you back in 2016. Be sure to check for updates throughout the month!

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