Hello and welcome to the May 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

The deadline to enter our two contests is coming soon! Enter by May 22nd.

Critical Exposure is creating a mobile digital gallery called "Lightbox." It's a first-of-its-kind digital pop-up exhibit that can project our students' photos and captions virtually anywhere in the city. With the help of MakeDC, now, our students' can share their voices, photographs, and campaigns anywhere, anytime.

They're 80% to their goal, and their deadline is TONIGHT!

Here’s how you can help:
1. Give. Go to our Kickstarter page and give any amount within your means.
2. Ask. Send our project using the email template below to a select number of friends and family and ask them to join you in making Lightbox happen
3. Share. Use any of the text for social media, take a look below for sample text, to share far and wide. 

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  Photo Credit: Colin Winterbottom

Photo Credit: Colin Winterbottom

Want to hear what it was like to take this picture? Colin Winterbottom discusses his dramatic and atmospheric photos of the Washington Monument and National Cathedral restorations at a talk at the National Building Museum on Monday, 5/4, 6:30 pm.

Purchase Tickets Here

  (All Photos By Khalik Allah)

(All Photos By Khalik Allah)

Upcoming FotoFilm Event In Baltimore on May 8th

125th and Lexington: an exhibition of photographic images and films by New York based artist Khalik Allah
Presented by RandallScottProjects, with Michael Pollack/Vikki Toba and FotoDC

We're proud to announce another amazing FotoFilm event, this time at Area 405 in Baltimore. This opening party on Friday, May 8th will be kicking off a exhibition of "Harlem's official Street photographer" Khalik Allah's work, and a screening of his documentary "Field Niggas" at the Maryland Film Festival.

Public Hours: 
May 8th Noon-10pm
May 9th Noon-8pm
Area 405
(405 E. Oliver St, Baltimore MD, 21202)
Opening Night Party Details
Friday, May 8th
6 pm - 10 pm
Area 405
(405 E. Oliver St, Baltimore MD, 21202)

Maryland Film Festival Screening
"Field Niggas"
Presented and Hosted by Khalik Allah
Date & Time TBD

What: Pulse15 – An Exhibition & Fundraiser featuring work by 15 Hillyer Artists
When:  May 1 - 30, 2015 
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-9pm

Fundraiser Event: Thursday, May 28th, 7-9pm
Tickets: $20advance / $30 door (Early Bird: $15 before May 1)
Where: Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008

Pulse15 is an exhibition & fundraiser featuring work by 15 Hillyer Artists. Each artist presents 10-15 works all priced under $500. The exhibition will include work by artists Joan Belmar, Catherine Cole, Anna U. Davis, J.D. Deardourff, Lauren Frances Evans, Jeff Herrity, Jordanna Kalman, Chandi Kelley, Micheline Klagsbrun, Bridget Sue Lambert, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., Pam Rogers, Novie Trump, Pamela Viola, and   Fawna Xiao.

On May 28th there will be a special ticketed event that will include a 10% discount on the artwork, one Drink ticket for a specialty cocktail created by Green Hat Gin and a cash bar, delicious snacks by B.Lin Catering, a hands-on DIY activity, music by DJ Tirzah, snacks, and more!

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RSVP for Critical Exposure's 10th annual exhibit of youth photography for social changeNO FILTER. See and hear an unfiltered view of young people's experiences in D.C. schools and communities. 

We're hosting a reception with food & drinks on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30-8:30pm. Last year, over 400 people attended to hear our students speak and see their powerful photos. RSVP today to secure your spot. Join us in celebrating our students' amazing work!

The event is free. Suggested donation of $35 for those who are able.

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  Image credit: (left) an Ray, Shakespearean Equation, Julius Caesar, 1948. Oil on masonite, 24 × 19 3/4 in. The Rosalind & Melvin Jacobs Collection, New York. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015 (right) Mathematical Object: Real Part of the Function w=e , c. 1900. Plaster, 9 × 12 3/8 × 7 1/2 in. Brill-Schilling Collection. Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris

Image credit: (left) an Ray, Shakespearean Equation, Julius Caesar, 1948. Oil on masonite, 24 × 19 3/4 in. The Rosalind & Melvin Jacobs Collection, New York. © Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2015 (right) Mathematical Object: Real Part of the Function w=e , c. 1900. Plaster, 9 × 12 3/8 × 7 1/2 in. Brill-Schilling Collection. Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris

Man Ray–Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare
Feb. 7-May 10, 2015

Working in Hollywood in the late 1940s, Man Ray created Shakespearean Equations, a series of paintings inspired by photographs of mathematical models he made in Paris in the 1930s. Featuring over 100 pieces, this exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, Man Ray’s inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body.

Two-for-one exhibition admission for Man Ray—Human Equations
$12 ($24 value)
Through May 10, 2015
Promo code MANRAY15
Tickets available at www.phillipscollection.org
Fine print: Not valid in combination with other discounts or during Phillips after 5: 5-8:30 pm on May 7

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  (PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Soto, shot with a Lomography Petzval Lens)

(PHOTO CREDIT: Emily Soto, shot with a Lomography Petzval Lens)

Lomography NYC Events

 Saturday, May 9th, 2015 1pm 

Introduction to Lomography featuring the Diana F+

Jump into the basics of analog photography with the best plastic camera around. Learn about the Golden Rules of Lomography and how this approach lends itself to creating some of the most unexpected and beautiful images. Borrow one of the most popular Lomography cameras around, the Diana F+, and find out the innumerable capabilities of this seemingly simple plastic camera.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 1pm

Palm d'Lomo, a LomoKino Workshop

Just in time for Cannes, take a trip down the 144-frame road with the LomoKino and experiment with its many capabilities. In this workshop you'll learn all the basic controls and some of the best understated techniques of this curiously analogue stop-motion camera.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 6pm

Cinema Nights in a Flash

Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close, and we want to prepare you with all the techniques you need for snapping those red carpet photos. This indoor workshop will teach you all you ever wanted to know about the power of our Flashes. From Fritz the Blitz to the Ringflash, we'll teach you how to colorfully light up your images. 

Thursday, May 28st, 2015, 6pm

Emily Soto: Petzval Portraits

When using the Petzval Art Lens, New York City-based fashion photographer Emily Soto captures stunning portraits that are imbued with mystery. At once hauntingly beautiful, her photos also show a stunning clarity, a duality that holds a narrative down. Join us for the opening of her solo show at our very own Lomography Gallery Store.

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Future Perfect Project
Stories for Tomorrow – Lived Today, Everywhere
Photography Documentation

The world is in need of ideas for a better, more sustainable future, but ideas are not enough. This exhibition presents a selection of photos and stories from around the world that are being featured on Future Perfect, an international and multilingual internet platform which tells the stories of individuals, initiatives,
organizations, and businesses that have moved from ideas to action.

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Chiaroscuro: Out of the Shadows -- Touchstone member artists explore the interaction of light and dark and the emergence of form through tonal expression. They articulate a multitude of views in painting, hand pulled prints sculpture, collage, drawing, and photography.

May 1-31, 2015
Touchstone Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 6-8:30pm


Carolyn Johnson has worked as a photographer in Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma over the last twenty years. She has studied photography both in the U.S. and abroad, including at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at Glen Echo Photoworks in Maryland, and independently with Washington, D.C., photographer Charles Rumph. Her early photographic work was in black and white, and included theatre photography that was published in The Washington Post.  When she began to work in color, she also developed a strong interest in architectural images and these have dominated her exhibited work.

Harvey Kupferberg has been a fine arts photographer for many years and has exhibited in numerous photographic competitions. His primary interests are in landscape, and the design components of architecture. The majority of his work has been done in the southeast and southwestern United States.  As a trained medical scientist, he excels in the use of black and white film to produce silver gelatin prints, an extension of his professional life.   His well-honed technical development skills interact with the creative expression of his photography when he maximizes the visual effect by adjusting film exposure to create his abstract-like images of a scene.

Michael Lang is an accomplished social documentary photographer living in the Washington area. His 1957 photo-essay, A Nice Clean Room, focused on a Baltimore poolroom known as Benny’s. He approached the subject as an outside observer, presenting atmospheric images of the poolroom and the people who hung out there using a hand held camera, available light, and black and white film. Lang has returned to the genre 50 years later with an essay, Be: There, about the Be Bar, a lounge in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, now undergoing a rebirth after the riots of the 1960s. Again Lang uses available light and a hand held camera; but now he employs digital techniques to capture the stark raw, color of the place and the people. He’s always there and not there at the same time, observing the community - the bar tenders, the drag queens, the go-go boys, and the people who gravitate to the atmosphere of the place. BE: THERE.

Rosemary Luckett's mixed media drawings, collages, and sculptures reveal a lively interplay between real and surreal expression. Her works are metaphors for American culture and commerce and how they impact the natural world in unintended but negative ways. Each piece is built around a single real or symbolic object or group of items that seem unrelated to each other.  But things are not always what they seem to be.

Newton S. More - The line that some say distinguishes photography from art seems to be blurring as technological advances, especially in photography, computer programs and printing, have enabled experimentation and creativity not historically available.  It is part of a social evolution, and what qualifies as art, as a reflection of society, also grows and changes to accommodate such expression.  Thus, while always open to debate, what is and what is not art remains a highly subjective facet of our changing social environment.
Currently, my work consists of three broad techniques:  Traditional and digital lensed photography, Pinhole based imaging, and Polaroid SX-70 and other color manipulations.

Pete McCutchen - My work is an eclectic blend of different subjects:  Las Vegas architecture, roller coasters, rusty objects of all varieties.  Some is traditional realistic photography; other works are abstract studies of form, shape and color.  Some is in equipoise between realism and abstraction, exploring the dynamic tension between those modes.  Although I began life as a black and white photographer, most of my current work features vibrant and intense color combined with the strong lines found in traditional black and white work.

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