FotoNews: December 2016
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@natgeo: The Most Popular Instagram Photos
National Geographic Museum’s new exhibition “@NatGeo: Popular Instagram Photos” captures and curates the most liked, commented on, and favorited photos from National Geographic’s iconic Instagram account. As the world’s top media brand on Instagram, National Geographic, or @natgeo, has more than 62 million followers and over 1 billion likes on its 12,000+ posted images.
"Between River and Rim" - Thursday, December 8th at 7:30pm
In an effort to share the Grand Canyon’s uncharted glory and shed light on the myriad threats it faces, writer Kevin Fedarko and photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride set off on an audacious and demanding adventure this year: to transect the length of the canyon on foot. This trek is not the pair’s first adventure together, but it may be the toughest.
North is Freedom: the Legacy of the Underground Railroad
September 23, 2016 – January 5, 2017
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC
North is Freedom is a photographic essay that celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada.
In the years before the American Civil War, approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.
Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants.
This exhibit honours the contributions of once-enslaved African Americans and their descendants to Canada and celebrates the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).
Visionary Wild Workshops
Travel and learn under the generous instruction of John Shaw, Jack Dykinga, Justin Black, Michael Melford, Michele Westmorland and other masters, with Visionary Wild workshops and expeditions, designed to exceed the expectations of the passionate photographer. We will visit Death Valley National Park in January, where we will help participants refine their personal creative vision, composition, technical skills, and digital workflow amid the dunes, salt formations, water courses, and sculpted designs in the canyons. Other upcoming opportunities include the Oregon Coast near Bandon in May and California’s Redwood Coast in May-June. Join us in 2017 for a photography adventure!
Investigating Where We Live Through June 7, 2017
How has D.C. transformed in the past 10 years? In this year’s Investigating Where We Live, local teens used photography, writing, and interviews to trace how neighborhoods along the Anacostia River have changed. They researched the city’s past at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and talked to residents, developers, and government officials to better understand who influences a city’s evolution.
Call for Submissions to For the Record 2017:
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invites artists and photographers to submit work of D.C. to For the Record, its annual juried competition. Opening in April of 2017, the exhibit and fundraising sale will recognize the best photographs and works of art of Howard Town/Pleasant Plains, Burleith, Palisades, Shepherd Park, Ivy City, Buzzard Point, Kenilworth, and Congress Heights neighborhoods. Entrants will compete for cash prizes including $500 for “Best Overall” work. Online submissions will be accepted starting September 6, 2016 through midnight January 3, 2017.
District II featuring photographers Chris Earnshaw, Bill Barrett, Joseph Mills Document 1960's, 70's & 80's D.C.
This poetic visual essay explores the changing streetscape of downtown Washington in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s through the urban street photography of Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills. The works both reflect and confront each other, providing a sense of the physical and social upheavals experienced by the city in those decades. District II is organized by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Through February 12.
Mt. Vernon Squared
Fourteen striking photographs taken in the 1960s by William Edmund Barrett, Jr., document the streets radiating from Mt. Vernon Square. The images are part of the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Washington Collection.
Billy Luck’s Downtown
Some 50 “drugstore” prints and a dozen enlarged, sepia reprints by self-described Cowboy Poet Chris Earnshaw capture the facades and faces of the downtown core over a 25-year period.
Nearly 20 hand-varnished photographs by Joseph Mills present unvarnished 1980s street life from 9-to-5ers and F-Street-shoppers to the downtrodden.
Street Photography Series Photo Walks:
The Street Photography Series offers a unique tour experience that integrates local history and photographic documentation. Run as workshops, each photo walk emphasizes skills relating to historic documentation and photography. The guided photo walks allow for participants to document a neighborhood in each of the city’s eight wards while learning about its history and dynamic development. Participants and local artists who take part in the Street Photography Series are encouraged to participate in the following year's For the Record. This October includes walks in Burleith, Congress Heights, and Howard Town/Pleasant Plains.
Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
August 26, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880 –1964) began taking photographs in 1932. For the next three decades, he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, and many of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance. This installation features thirty-nine images, all works from SAAM’s permanent collection, and is presented in celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The installation is free to view.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art
This gallery explores the connections between the two newly joined photography collections. On view through January 2, 2017, the exhibition is organized around themes found in the work of the two pioneers of each collection: Eadweard Muybridge and Alfred Stieglitz. Inspired by these two seminal artists, Intersections brings together more than 100 highlights of the recently merged collections by a range of artists from the 1840s to today. Just as the nearly 700 photographs from Muybridge's groundbreaking publication Animal Locomotion, acquired by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1887, became the foundation for the institution's early interest in photography, the Key Set of more than 1,600 works by Stieglitz, donated by Georgia O'Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate, launched the photography collection at the National Gallery of Art in 1949. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund. Additional funding is kindly provided by Brian and Paula Ballo Dailey.
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.
Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001
Public Hours: 9am - 5pm
FotoEDU of the Month: Using Photography to Talk About Difficult Conversations
Many sensitive and difficult topics are out of reach because words often fail for us to communicate our thoughts without offending or crossing lines with anyone who might think differently. But art, often emitting that intuitive feel, can.
Famous Brooklyn-based documentary photographer Ruddy Roye does so. Through his specialized editorial photographs, environmental portraits and photojournalism, he has allowed himself to communicate his thoughts to his diverse audience.
Watch his interview here.