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FotoWeekDC Central Exhibition Closes January 22
FotoWeekCentral Exhibitions feature high-caliber photography with an emphasis on contemporary themes. Exhibitions with social and political significance were curated to expose visitors to a variety of work, ranging from documentary to fine art and beyond.
@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.
16 Best Photos of 2016
Our friends over at Brightest Young Things put together the 16 best photos of 2016. You're going to love the results.
Enter the 11th Annual Exposed DC Photo Contest!
The Exposed DC 2017 photo contest is open for entries! Next March they’ll host the 11th annual Exposed DC Photography Show, our celebration of living in the Washington, D.C. area. They want to see your images of the people and places, the art and music and food and sports, and the culture and nostalgia of this incredible town we live in. The District is too often reduced to a tourist destination or a political mud-pit – but those who live, work, and love here can rise above. The Exposed DC exhibit shows our city as only we know it.
The contest is geared towards photographers who don’t usually exhibit their work, but it is open to all – send in your terrific iPhone shot, or your sharp Leica photo. If you simply love taking pictures, this is your contest. You can submit your work until January 11, 2017, so if you don’t think you have the perfect shot just yet, you have plenty of time to go out and get it! Need inspiration? Check out the winners from our 10th anniversary exhibit.
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.
FIRST LADIES Portraits by Michele Mattei
OPENING RECEPTION January 13th 6-8pm
On view through February 28th
Cross MacKenzie Gallery is pleased to present “First Ladies,” an exhibition of portraits by Michele Mattei. This exhibition pulls together Mattei’s arresting portraits, new and old, of eminent ladies who tore down barriers and brooked no obstacles in their paths to the top of their respective fields. These activists, writers, politicians, teachers, doctors, and artists fought against the entrenched patriarchal systems to be recognized for their individual achievements and in so doing opened doors for all the women who followed.
Spirit of the Wild - Through the eyes of Mattias Klum
All life on earth is interconnected. Cities, societies, and nations depend on healthy natural ecosystems to survive and prosper. One of the most important natural history photographer of our time, Mattias Klum, shares the stories of his journeys; from deep in the Artic to wild places like Borneo rainforest to the savannahs of Tanzania or the life under the sea.
The exhibitions runs from January 21st to March 5th at the Embassy of Sweden 2900 K Street NorthwestWashington, DC, 20007 United States.
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.
Kick Off 2017 with Capital Photography Center!
Whether you are just beginning your journey into photography or have been shooting for years, you'll find a thorough list of classes to inspire and excite! And with the new year comes a new list of classes! Check out our offerings with professional sports photography Mitchell Layton and shoot on the sidelines at Georgetown's basketball games! We will also be offering our classic classes like iPhone Photography, Lightroom in a Day and DSLR Basics throughout the winter. Our small class sizes and knowledgable teachers means our students receive individual and professional attention. Check out all of our exciting classes today!
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
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.
(555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001)
9am - 5pm
FotoEDU of the Month: How to Use a Vintage Light Meter
This video is great if you're looking for more gadgets to improve your photography. This meter will help you get the perfect light for every shot. Thanks to Lomography for featuring this in their magazine last month!