FotoNews: April 2016
Hello and welcome FotoFriends!

Spring has sprung and this month's FotoNews is filled to the brim with tons of exciting photo events throughout the city!  This month we're excited about Lomography's monthly movie night, and be sure to check out Photo Ark at the National Geographic Museum before it closes on April 11th!

Lomo Monthly Movie Marathon: “In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter”
Thursday, April 7th

In No Great Hurry, a beautifully rendered and fascinating documentary portrait on the late Saul Leiter, will be the next piece in our selection of films based on the art of photography. Saul remains one of the most influential color photographers of the 20th century, gaining attention from Edward Steichen & the MoMA. Despite this, he lived a life of seclusion from the mainstream art world until the later years of his life. This film addresses the internal conflict of an artist when faced with the task of clearing his space of his life’s worth of work. Movie starts at 6:30 pm

 Corey Hilz/Capital Photography Center

Corey Hilz/Capital Photography Center

Spring 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 of classes to inspire and excite! We have a great line-up this spring of 'In The Field' shooting classes like photographing wildflowers and warblers at Susquehanna State Park, tulips at the Franciscan Monastery, blossoms at Brookside Gardens and much more! Their small class sizes and knowledgable teachers means their students receive individual and professional attention.

 Barbara Morgan, Jose Limon-Mexican Suite-Peon-1944, 1944, printed c. 1980, silver print.  Gift of Gary Granoff, Esq., 1983.

Barbara Morgan, Jose Limon-Mexican Suite-Peon-1944, 1944, printed c. 1980, silver print.  Gift of Gary Granoff, Esq., 1983.

The Other 90%: Works from the Permanent Collection 

Most museums are only able to show about 10% of their collection at any one time. GW is no exception. The University began building its Permanent Collection of art in 1821, which now totals over 4000 drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures. With most of the collection in storage, we now bring 45 works from the collection on public view - some for the first time in two decades and others for the first time since they were gifted.  Among these are photographs by Barbara Morgan, N. Jay Jaffee, and Andy Warhol.  These are the other 90%. 

through June 3
Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st Street NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20052 

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm

 Boushra Almutawakel, Untitled, from the series “The Hijab,” 2001; Chromogenic print, 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.; Courtesy of the artist and the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Boushra Almutawakel, Untitled, from the series “The Hijab,” 2001; Chromogenic print, 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.; Courtesy of the artist and the Howard Greenberg Gallery

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World
April 8–July 31, 2016
National Museum of Women in the Arts

More than 80 photographs and a video installation explore the themes of protest, war and identity. The provocative and poetic works on view—most created in the last decade—include portraiture, documentary images and staged narratives. These contemporary women photographers challenge stereotypes surrounding the people, landscapes, and cultures of Iran and the Arab world. The exhibition features artists Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. #SheWhoTellsaStory

 Doug DuBois, Bonfire I, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2011 © Doug DuBois

Doug DuBois, Bonfire I, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2011 © Doug DuBois

In Good Time, photographs by Doug DuBois
March 24-May 19, 2016

Doug DuBois approaches his work slowly and engages in long-term photographic projects. He tells stories that reveal both a profound humanity and the inexorable passing of time. The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.

 Martin and Susie Parr making Rhubarb Crumble at home in Bristol, England, 2016 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Martin and Susie Parr making Rhubarb Crumble at home in Bristol, England, 2016 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

Aperture Spring Party & Dinner
Friday, April 15, 9:00 pm

Support Aperture and celebrate the publication of The Photographer’s Cookbook by Aperture and George Eastman Museum—a book of recipes and photographs by the world’s leading photographers, gathered in the 1970s. Evening festivities will include food and cocktails inspired by the recipes featured in The Photographer’s Cookbook, and a guest DJ set with dancing until midnight. Proceeds benefit Aperture’s educational programs and community partnerships—such as Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, designed to cultivate visual literacy through photography and photobook creation.

 Roosevelt Hotel, Hong Kong, 2015 by Mark Parascandola

Roosevelt Hotel, Hong Kong, 2015 by Mark Parascandola

Frank Van Riper, Curator
Exhibition Dates: April 22 - May 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 22, 6-8PM

Exhibition Artists:
Michele Egan
Brian Flynn
Mark Parascandola
Ginger Werz-Petricka
Dorte Verner

Photoworks Gallery
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-4PM and Sundays 1-8PM
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD

For the Record: Changing D.C.
Opening Reception April 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join artists, jurors, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on April 14 for the first look at “For the Record: Changing D.C.” This annual juried competition and exhibition was created to preserve scenes of the District’s cityscape. The exhibit features images of locations from across the city, including the National Arboretum, Lincoln Playground Field House, McMillan, Chinatown, and the Wharf. The artworks were selected by a jury of experts from local gallery and museum curators, including FotoDC, The George Washington University Museum | The Textile Museum, National Building Museum, and The Phillips Collection.

The opening reception is free and open to the public.

Greg Constantine at Busboys and Poets: April 4 at 7pm

An American based in Bangkok, Greg Constantine, will be here in DC April 4 to give a talk about his work with stateless people around the world and promote his new book, Nowhere People. He is best known for his work on the Rohingya people in Burma and will be fresh from his TED talk in London.

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.

I Bought a Rainforest: April 5: National Geographic Headquarters at 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.

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.

LAST CHANCE: 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 - 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:  This past month, the Cherry Blossoms bloomed in a fabulous display of petals, did you get down to the Tidal Basin to take some photos? Don't forget to tag your pictures with #FotoDC Photo by:  @NegativeSpacePhoto

INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH: This past month, the Cherry Blossoms bloomed in a fabulous display of petals, did you get down to the Tidal Basin to take some photos? Don't forget to tag your pictures with #FotoDC
Photo by: @NegativeSpacePhoto

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

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