FotoNews: March 2016
Hello and welcome FotoFriends!

Each month we send out a round-up of the photo-centric exhibitions and events coming your way! This month we're pretty excited about food photography workshops at the Leica DC store, an Instameet at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and more.

I Bought a Rainforest:
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm

British photojournalist Charlie Hamilton James seeks to “expose the brilliance of nature to the world.” Whether buying a rainforest in Peru, photographing the diverse ecosystems of Yellowstone National Park, or documenting vultures on Tanzania’s Serengeti–James’s passion for the wild is evident. Spend an evening with this irrepressible storyteller and view the world through his lens.

Down to Nothing:
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm

Mountaineer Hilaree O'Neill shares the gripping story of leading a team of some of the world's elite climbers on a grueling attempt to climb a remote peak in Myanmar—and the physical and emotional toll they endured. Hear O'Neill's harrowing story of what it means to approach "the point of no return."

Photo Ark at National Geographic: closes April 11, open daily 10am-6pm

Led by photographer Joel Sartore, Photo Ark is a multi-year National Geographic project with simple goals: to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear and to inspire people everywhere to care. The exhibit features the more than 5,000 species that Sartore has documented from around the world.

 Image Credit - Scott Suchman

Image Credit - Scott Suchman

Food Photography Workshop with Scott Suchman: 
Sunday, March 6, 10am-5pm, Leica Store Washington, DC

Join celebrated DC-based food photographer, Scott Suchman for this full day Food Photography workshop using a variety of Leica cameras including the M, T, and SL. 

Participants will learn how to properly work with Leica close up gear, adapters, and the full range of lenses - wide angle to telephoto. You will discover techniques using natural light and styling tricks to create mouth-watering still life images of raw and prepared food. 

This workshop is open to photographers of all skill sets. Loaner cameras will be available.

#EmptyNMWA Instameet on International Women’s Day: 
Tuesday, March 8, 8:45am-10am, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Grab your phone or camera and enter for a chance to join NMWA for a special #EmptyNMWA Instameet tour of the museum before opening hours! The museum’s Associate Curator will highlight works in the museum’s collection and reveal stories about dynamic women artists. Only 30 spots are available. Deadline to apply for a spot is NOON on Friday, March 4. Selected participants will be notified by Saturday, March 5

Billion Dollar Plants, Everyday Objects + 90 Miles South…The Cuban Experience: 
March 3-May 1, 2016

In 90 Miles South, Photographers Shirley Fiske, Jonathan French and duo Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier offer a look at Cuba through their lens, whether it be looking for and finding long lost family members, taking in beautiful Santiago de Cuba, or capturing a sense of place. Rindy OBrien’s show “Everyday Objects,” captures life’s everyday objects on a day when the light, color and time make them memorable – like a simple piggy bank falling off a shelf. Finally, Andrea Ottesen brings us “Billion Dollar Plants,” which she hopes marries art and science to bring awareness and stewardship of our ecosystem.

 Image Credit- Marie Joabar/Capital Photography Center

Image Credit- Marie Joabar/Capital Photography Center

Classes at Capital Photography Center

Whether you are just beginning your journey into photography or have been shooting for years, you'll find a great list classes to inspire and excite! From DLSR basics courses to wildlife field trips to learning all about Lightroom and Photoshop, we've got your needs covered. Our small class sizes and knowledgable teachers means our students receive individual and professional attention. Check out all of our offerings today!

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.

 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:
Last Chance! Closes 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.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Curator Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 p.m.

Join SAAM photo curator John Jacob for an exhibition tour of Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty. Jacob highlights some of the gifts to the museum from The Irving Penn Foundation, including those Penn made during a 1940 road trip through the American south.
Meet in the G Street Lobby 

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty
SAAM Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Streets, NW

 Image Credit - Larry W. Schwarm

Image Credit - Larry W. Schwarm

No Mountains in the Way: On view through July 31: Smithsonian American Art Museum

In the 1970s, the National Endowment for the Arts conceived a series of photo survey projects inspired by the epic documentary photography program undertaken by the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s. The first in the NEA’s series, No Mountains in the Way, sent three photographers to capture contemporary life in rural Kansas. James Enyeart, Terry Evans, and Larry Schwarm—artists who have attained considerable achievement in the intervening decades—each examined particular aspects of the Kansas rural environment. Their collective visions reflect place, culture, and custom in Kansas. The exhibition and catalogue for No Mountains in the Way first appeared in 1975 at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. The current installation of 63 vintage prints from this survey of 120 photographs, all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection, revisits this important project.


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)

  INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH : We loved this shot from #FotoDC favorite  @Mica4Life  - a cool reminder that there is always a photogenic pop-up or exhibit happening somewhere in this city

INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH: We loved this shot from #FotoDC favorite @Mica4Life - a cool reminder that there is always a photogenic pop-up or exhibit happening somewhere in this city

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

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