FotoNews: February 2016
Hello and welcome FotoFriends!

Can you believe it is already February? We at FotoDC are thinking already of spring, and dreaming of cherry blossom season! Until then, however, here are the exhibitions and events coming your way this month! 

 John Thomson, A Manchu bride, Beijing, 1871–72. The Wellcome Library, London

John Thomson, A Manchu bride, Beijing, 1871–72. The Wellcome Library, London

China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872): Now through February 14: George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson took four journeys across China. His photographs capture scenes and people from all walks of life, providing a lasting record of nineteenth-century China’s landscapes, architecture, communities, and customs. This exhibition presents a stunning selection of Thomson’s photographs displayed alongside contemporaneous pieces from The Textile Museum’s collection of Qing-Dynasty textiles and accessories.

 Photo by Zachary Marin  / The George Washington University

Photo by Zachary Marin  / The George Washington University

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum! All ages are invited to join as we ring in the year of the monkey. Enjoy a fashion show of traditional Chinese dress, watch a calligraphy demonstration, and create your own dragon puppet. During your visit, take the opportunity to see the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872) during its final week at the museum. Co-sponsored by the George Washington University Confucius Institute. Free; no reservations required.

 The surface of a wet plate negative. Image courtesy of Margaret Adams.

The surface of a wet plate negative. Image courtesy of Margaret Adams.

GW Arts Initiative Program: Wet-Plate Collodion Photography Process
Wednesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m.

In this lecture, Margaret Adams—artist, independent curator, and assistant professor of photography at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design—will lead you through the collodion process. Adams will discuss the history of collodion photography, give an overview of its properties, and demonstrate the technique: from cleaning the plate, coating it with collodion, sensitizing, capturing a picture, developing the image, then finally varnishing the plate. Free; no reservations required.

WHNPA 2016 ‘Eyes of History’ Photojournalism Competition Judging Weekend: February 12-14, 2016

The WHNPA is pleased to announce our traditional general membership meeting featuring presentations by contest judges in the staff auditorium on Friday night, February 12th beginning at 6:30 p.m.   

National Geographic Campus,  17th Street, NW

This event is FREE and open to the public.   Please arrive early for the best seating.  Giveaways… while supplies last! 

The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden: Now through May 1: National Building Museum

This exhibition showcases the revolutionary modern landscape architecture of Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden, whose self-sustaining, meadow-like landscapes exemplified what came to be known as the New American Garden. Included are both contemporary and new photographs of key projects designed by Oehme, van Sweden & Associates over the past several decades, along with related drawings, artifacts, and original artworks that served as inspiration to the firm. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with The Cultural Landscape Foundation. 



Investigating Where We Live: New Monuments Revealed: Now through June 6: National Building Museum

The award-winning Investigating Where We Live program presents teens’ interpretations of D.C. through photography, writing, and original artwork. This year’s participants explored the District through the lens of its monuments, memorials, and commemorative spaces in order to understand how we, as a nation and as a city, remember and honor the past.

 Alan Ward

Alan Ward

Luminous Landscapes: Photographs by Alan Ward: February 20 - September 5th: National Building Museum

Alan Ward, FASLA, occupies a unique position in landscape architecture. He is an award-winning practitioner of the craft, working as principle at the firm Sasaki Associates; he is also an accomplished photographer of the landscape. Working in black and white, Ward focuses on the fundamental materials that construct the visual landscape. By denying viewers familiar green lawns, lush foliage, and colored blooms, these large-format photographs challenge us to see the landscape with a new perspective.

Save the Date: WPOW Fifth Annual Photo Seminar and Portfolio Review: Saturday March 5th: 9am - 3pm

The Seminar and Portfolio Review offers an opportunity to show your work to industry leaders in Washington, DC- a base for many of the world’s top photographers, editors, and publications. Editors from The Atlantic, National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR Visuals, Politico, AARP, Washingtonian Magazine and more will be on hand to review your work. More information, and registration will be available soon via our blog, facebook, and twitter feeds. To stay in the loop please follow us as we prepare for registration.

DISTRICT: January 7 - February 26, 2016

Presented by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and artist and archivist Joseph Mills, DISTRICT is a solo photography show that explores Washington during the 1960s and 1970s through the extraordinary eye of photographer Chris Earnshaw. Originally captured on Polaroids and nearly lost to time and neglect, these gritty images show the demolition, desperation, beauty, and energy in the every-day of the era's capital city.

Join us for drinks and light fare at the opening on January 6, 2016 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

DISTRICT is on view January 7 - February 26, 2016 in the Historical Society's rotating exhibit space in the Carnegie Library building, 801 K Street NW, Washington, D.C.

 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.

Classes at the Capital Photography Center

Whether you are just beginning your journey into photography or you're a seasoned veteran, you'll find a great list classes to inspire and excite! From DSLR basics courses to architecture and nature field shooting trips, we've got the whole gamut covered. Our small class sizes and limited enrollment means our students receive individual attention. Check out our offerings today!

Photo Ark at National Geographic:November 5, 2015 – April 11, 2016

Photo Ark is a multi-year National Geographic project with a simple goal— to create portraits of the world’s most endangered species before they disappear and to inspire people to care. Each image is a visual connection between the animals and people who can help protect them. With ingenuity and wit, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has captured portraits of more than 5,000 creatures to date, with more to come. This exhibition features many iconic images and allows visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project.

 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 Curator Gallery Talk

Walk through the exhibition galleries with guest curator Merry Foresta as she examines the ways Penn used photography to respond to social and cultural change over his incredible seventy-year career. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30pm

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 visit

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 2016.

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

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)

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)

Relaxed States: Sally Kauffman

Using figure and place as a starting point, Kauffman explores the boundaries of abstraction and figuration in her paintings.

February 3, 2016 - February 27, 2016
First Friday Reception: February 5th 6 - 8 pm
Artist Reception: February 13, 2016 6 - 8:30pm

Black History Month: What A Time to Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive: A Photographic journey into the literary world of prolific Black authors, poets, storytellers, etc. Drawing on motivations from the 1970s, a time of change, expression of identity, and Black Power. Studio Gallery presents a salon style exhibition featuring over 21 photographers using various forms of photo manipulation to celebrate Black History Month with all. Curated by Maya Fletcher and Iwan Bagus

February 3, 2016- February 27, 2016
February 5, 2016 – First Friday Reception 6 – 8pm
February 13, 2016 – Artists’ Reception (Artists’ Talk at 5:30pm) and Live Poetry Reading 6 – 8:30pm
February 26, 2016 – Closing Reception 6 – 8:30pm
Special Performance: FEBRUARY 20, 7 - 9PM featuring Nag Champa & Friends

  INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH:  We loved this snowy shot from #FotoDC favorite  @JenBurnett  celebrating the beauty of all the snow we received. It will definitely be a January we'll remember for a long time. 

INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH: We loved this snowy shot from #FotoDC favorite @JenBurnett celebrating the beauty of all the snow we received. It will definitely be a January we'll remember for a long time. 

That's it for February! Be sure to check for updates throughout the month!

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