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November 7-15 2015

Announcing the FotoWeekDC 2015 Competitions: Now Accepting Entries: Deadline 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)

We're looking for a FotoDC Intern!

Are you passionate about photography? Are you social media savvy, and partial to Instagram? Are you interested in being part of the team that makes DC's biggest visual arts festival happen? Apply to be a FotoWeekDC 2015 Intern!

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

Two new exhibitions about Sweden's iconic Hollywood actress are now open! Both exhibits are open to the public on weekends, FREE admission and a guide is available on-site.

An exhibition commemorating the life and career of Ingrid Bergman [1915-1982]
August 29-September 27

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)

Surveilance Blind at the Goethe-Institut: September 17th - December 3rd

As technology has evolved, so have our fundamental ways of understanding the world. Data and information flows around us and is used to track our consumer habits, shape our identities, and mediate our relationships to our nation states. We are more connected than ever through online platforms and digital devices, and simultaneously the “data shadows” that we create reveal more about us to the world than we realize. Who controls and makes use of the information generated by our sharing society is a question being challenged and contested worldwide. The artists in this exhibition investigate the paradox of these connections, probing our relationship to data collection and interpretation. Works by AnnieLaurie Erickson (New Orleans, LA, USA), Nate Larson (Baltimore, MD, USA), Marni Shindelman (Athens, GA, USA), Simon Menner (Berlin, Germany), Jens Sundheim (Dortmund, Germany) and John Vigg (Asbury Park, NJ, USA).

Exhibit Opening with the Artists
September 17th : 6-9pm

Public Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm

Goethe-Insitut Washington
(812 Seventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001)

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)


Leica Store Washington DC: September Events

Artist Talk with Serli Lala: September 24th
Join us for an intimate evening with artist & photographer, Serli Lala.
Serli will discuss the ever-evolving role of photography in her life and the influence of time, place and opportunity on the progression of her methods. 
By sharing personal artifacts to expose the way she works, Serli reveals herself, her process and her formative experiences through photographs, stories, and her layered + spirited inner monologue.

7:00pm -  8:30pm

Juried Exhibition: Opening Reception: September 25th
Join us in celebrating the opening of our newest exhibition!

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Leica Store Washington DC
(977 F Street NW Washington DC 20004)


LOMOGRAPHY X NIXON Photo Exhibition in NYC: Opening September 10th

After the great success of the 2014 collaboration, Lomography and Nixon have once again joined forces for the Nixon Surf Challenge 2015. In celebration of this partnership, we now present a new exhibition featuring a collection of 30 behind-the-scenes photographs taken with Lomography Cameras and Lenses by photographers Bastien Bonnarme, Benjamin Wu Tiu Yen and the surfers who joined the 2015 Challenge in Hainan, a postcard island located in the South of China. Along with opening in New York, the gallery will also open in Paris, Hong-Kong, London and Tokyo as well as a few other select locations around the world.

Opening Party:
Thursday, September 10th : 6pm

Lomography Gallery Store
(41 West 8th Street NYC, NY 10011)

 Andrew Moore,  Bowling Lanes , Governors Island, NY, 2001, Chromogenic Print, 40 x 50 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Andrew Moore, Bowling Lanes, Governors Island, NY, 2001, Chromogenic Print, 40 x 50 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Absence/Presence: Selected Contemporary Photography: August 26th- November 20th

Absence/Presence: Selected Contemporary Photography uses photographs of unpeopled places, such as an abandoned bowling alley, a prison cell and an empty desk, to explore how people impact the interiors and spaces they occupy. The exhibition includes photography from Nancy Breslin, William Christenberry, Cynthia Connolly, Lisa Tyson Ennis, Frank Gohlke, Dean Kessmann, Bridget Sue Lambert, Dan Lobdell, Pablo Maurer, Andrew Moore, E. Brady Robinson, Lee Saloutos, Katherine Sifers, and Trine Søndergaard.

Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 5pm

The George Washington University
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building - 2nd Floor
(805 21st Street NW Washington DC 20009)

  Geolocation  by Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman

Geolocation by Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman

UNCENSORED: Information Antics: September 25 - October 22

UNCENSORED: Information Antics is an all media exhibition focusing on the myriad of roles that data collection and visualization play regarding issues of privacy, participation, and location of the self. On display at the the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the exhibit celebrates Banned Books Week, the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Through photography, video, installation and sound the artists participating in Uncensored: Information Antics investigate the complexity of an intensely networked milieu with thoughtfulness and humor. 
Opening Night Party
Friday, September 25th

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library
(901 G Street NW Washington DC 20001)

Tickets: UNCENSORED: Information Antics is a free public art event. For tickets to the UNCENSORED Opening Night party - a fundraiser for the DC Public Library Foundation please click the link below:

  Photograph by Dave Yoder

Photograph by Dave Yoder

Pope Francis and the New Vatican at National Geographic: September 16th

For the August 2015 cover story, National Geographic was given special access to the pope and permission to document his daily life inside the Vatican. As the United States prepares for its first papal visit since 2008, join us for a fascinating evening with the people behind the extraordinary feature story about this remarkable man. Susan Goldberg, National Geographic editor in chief, moderates a conversation with writer Robert Draper, photographer Dave Yoder, and special guest Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Book sale and signing to follow.



Museum Public Hours:

National Geographic
(1145 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036)

  National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Third Annual Teen Portrait Competition at National Portrait Gallery: Deadline September 30th

Between the ages of 13 to 17? Live in the U.S.? Make art? Those who answer “yes” to those questions can enter work in the third annual online Teen Portrait Competition of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. The museum opened a “call for entries” and teens can submit portraits, electronically, in the medium of painting, drawing, photography and video through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The winning portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016. Honorable mention entries will be posted on the National Portrait Gallery website.

The theme for year three entries is interact and interaction. Teens should consider how they interact with their subject, the art of portraiture and any interactions that take place between the subject(s) and the setting. 

Public Hours:

National Portrait Gallery
(8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001)



Mitchell Park Photography Contest: August - October 15th

Photographs must be received on or before October 15, 2015 to be entered into the Contest.

There are no restrictions except for judges and their relatives.

1. Mitchell Park or anything that suggests Mitchell Park.
2. Sheridan-Kalorama Neighborhood - as defined by the boarders of Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Avenue and Florida Avenue.
3. A Photo Essay - series of images that tells a story about something within the first 2 categories.

Mitchell Park
(S & 23rd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008)

  Photo Credit: Bruce Davidson, Sitting in the Back of the Bus (Brooklyn Gang series), 1959. Gelatin silver print, 11  x 14 in. Gift of Saul E. Levi, 2013. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

Photo Credit: Bruce Davidson, Sitting in the Back of the Bus (Brooklyn Gang series), 1959. Gelatin silver print, 11  x 14 in. Gift of Saul E. Levi, 2013. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC

LAST CHANCE: American Moments: Photographs from The Phillips Collection: June 6th- September 13th 

In celebration of recent major gifts, the Phillips presents for the first time a major photography exhibition drawn exclusively from the museum’s permanent collection, featuring more than 130 photographs that capture the changing landscape of America after World War I. More than 30 renowned artists are represented, including photographs by Esther Bubley, Bruce Davidson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Louis Faurer, and Arnold Newman. From abstractions of buildings to intimate family memories, American Moments showcases the transformation of the country’s social landscape through images by key figures of American modernism. $12/ $10 for Students and Seniors/ Free for Members

Public Hours:
Tuesday- Saturday: 10am- 5pm
Sunday: 12pm- 7pm
Thursday Extended Hours: 5pm- 8:30pm

The Phillips Collection
(1600 21st Street NW Washington, DC 20001)

  Photo Credit: Polly Morgan, Systemic Inflammation, 2010; Taxidermy and steel; Photography by Tessa Angus

Photo Credit: Polly Morgan, Systemic Inflammation, 2010; Taxidermy and steel; Photography by Tessa Angus

LAST CHANCE: Super Natural And Organic Matter: June 5th – September 13th

Two shows – one focusing on emerging female artists (Organic Matter) and one focusing on established ones (Sam Taylor Johnson, Rachel Ruysch and the like) sees DC, in springtime, immersed with the natural world as a space for exploration and invention. A true wonderland for fine art fans. $10 Adults/ $8 Students and Seniors/ Free for Members. Get tickets here

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

Sunday: 12pm– 5pm

National Museum of Women in the Arts

(1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20005)

  Chuck Close, American, born 1940, Kara, 2007, daguerreotype, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

Chuck Close, American, born 1940, Kara, 2007, daguerreotype, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery

LAST CHANCE: The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Acquired with the Alfred H. Moses and Fern M. Schad Fund: May 3rd - September 13th

The Memory of Time presents work by contemporary artists who investigate the richness and complexity of photography’s relationship to time, memory, and history. In the last two decades, as the world has undergone an unprecedented technological revolution, photography itself has changed profoundly.

The exhibition is divided into five sections: “Traces of History,” “Time Exposed,” “Memory and the Archive,” “Framing Time and Place,” and “Contemporary Ruins.” It features recently acquired works made from the early 1990s to the present by artists who explore these concepts.

Public Hours
Monday–Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sunday: 1am–6pm

National Gallery of Art
(6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC)

  Photo Credit: Colin Winterbottom

Photo Credit: Colin Winterbottom

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)

Save the Date! WiLDSpeak with iLCP: November 16th

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)


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 September! Be sure to check for updates throughout the month!

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