Hello FotoFriends!

A very rainy April means May flowers right? Here at FotoDC we're getting ready for a May filled with new photography exhibitions, and our just-announced Spring Photo Contests. Enter today!

 Photo by Karen Saunders

Photo by Karen Saunders


FotoDC invites you to capture the spirit of Washington in the faces of people who make it what it is. Each face has a story to tell and each of these stories deserves a GREAT photo. DC is simultaneously one of the most iconic and most under-represented urban landscapes in the country. We invite you to turn your lens to the things that make Washington recognizable to the world but also to go exploring and discover the hidden secrets that make DC unique. 

Rewards include 2 Grand Prize Winners, work shown at FotoWeek 2016 Central, exposure on FotoDC.org, tickets to the opening party and more! Head over to our homepage for more details and to enter.

 Photo by Robert Rutoed

Photo by Robert Rutoed

Become a FotoDC 2016 FotoPartner!

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Promotion of your event as part of the FotoPartner calendar/events system, list and map.
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BYT & NMWA Present: Exclusively Inclusive! National Museum of Women in the Arts After Hours: May 20th 8pm- 12am

An all-access tourist-free party-time takeover of one of the coolest museums in DC!
Featuring the new exhibition:

She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World (exhibit details below)

Enjoy FotoTalks from Women Photojournalists Of Washington curated by FotoDC! Music by Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast and more!

Ticket includes open bar, featuring
Heineken / Element Shrub / Wild Roots Apothecary / Union Kitchen /Graffiato / Radiator DC

Plus OMDigital photobooth, henna tattoos, and more stuff TBA soon!
May 20, 8:00pm - 12:00am
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 NY Ave NW / Metro Center

 Anthony Caronia

Anthony Caronia

Mystery and Magic of Afro-Cuban Spirituality

Afro-Cuba: Mystery and Magic of Afro-Cuban Spirituality is a project by Renato Miracco - curator, critic and Cultural Attaché of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC - into Afro-Cuban religion. Afro-Cuba is based on a four-year long research and documentary project by Italian anthropologist and photographer Anthony Caronia.

On view May 4-June 17, 2016
OAS F Street Gallery
1889 F Street, NW, Washington DC 20006

LOOK3 Festival in Charlottesville

We’ll welcome Nick Brandt, Graciela Iturbide, Frans Lanting, Yuri Kozyrev, Olivia Bee, Sheila Pree Bright, Mary F. Calvert, Binh Danh, Doug DuBois, and Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye to the Paramount stage June 15, 16, 17 & 18. Exhibitions by each of the featured artists can be seen in pop-up galleries, on buildings, and even in the trees along Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

In addition, we have two cool outdoor Evening Projections planned — one on June 17 at the Charlottesville Pavilion with video essays curated by TIME Magazine, and the other on June 18 produced by MediaStorm at the “funky" IX Art Park. Finale Party follows. Photographers and educators at all stages of their career won’t want to miss our expanded LOOK3 EDU  program with insights and career-advancing advice by industry leaders. More info and tickets at www.look3.org.

 Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark

Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark

Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
May 26 - June 30, 2016

In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark began a project called Streetwise. Five years later, it became a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Streetwise introduced several unforgettable children, including Tiny, who dreamed of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark continued to photograph her, creating what became one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects.


 Emily Carter Mitchell/Capital Photography Center

Emily Carter Mitchell/Capital Photography Center

Outdoor 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 spring flowers at Ladew Gardens, a field trip to historic Fells Point in Maryland and our new photography adventure hike in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park! Our small class sizes and knowledgeable teachers means our students receive individual and professional attention. Check out all of our offerings today!

Near Misses & Direct Hits
May 12 at 7:30pm

Kenny Broad is an accomplished cave diver, leading scientist, and 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year. His unique research approach combines underwater exploration and environmental science to investigate issues ranging from illegal trafficking to El Niño to cutting-edge citizen science.

 photo © Vincent Ricardel

photo © Vincent Ricardel

Understanding Studio Lighting: Moving Beyond Your Speedlight

A workshop and luncheon with photographer Vincent Ricardel, brought to you by WPOW

Women Photojournalists of Washington asked photo editors which skill-sets they consistently needed to assign. Their answer? Lighting and portraiture. With this in mind WPOW brings you Understanding Studio Lighting, a one-day seminar to fast-forward your lighting skills.

This workshop, featuring acclaimed photographer Vincent Ricardel and with support from Dynalite, will focus on the fundamentals of photographic lighting in a studio and location environment using studio lighting.

In this hands-on day participants will be introduced to the four basic lighting applications as solutions to creating an effective portrait in any environment. It will lay the foundation for developing a shooting style unique to one's sensibilities. Dynalite will also be on hand to demo their equipment.

We will take a break mid-day to share lunch (included in your ticket price) with Vincent and the other workshop participants, before continuing in the afternoon. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your community and share knowledge and skills.

Date: Saturday May 14, 2016

Location: StudioWerks DC 415b Walker Court Southeast, Washington, D.C., 20003

Time: 10-3 pm

Tickets available here

 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.

 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

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.

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.

 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 sfreligh@naturesbestphotography.com.

To see the gallery of award-winning images visit facebook.com/naturesbestphotography.org

View the inspiring HD video created to accompany the exhibition: https://goo.gl/m7otWT

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. www.naturesbestphotography.com

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)

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Annual Photography Competition

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is an urban oasis that is filled with artistic inspiration that is located a few miles from the nation’s capital in Washington, DC. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is the only national park devoted to cultivating water-loving plants. The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (FKAG) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions to its Annual Photography Competition. The photography competition will offer all photographers the chance to experience, explore and capture the many hidden gems in and around the Gardens. We are honored to have Dona Jones, President, The Washington School of Photography Camera Club; Lynford Morton, Photography Coach and Founder, Shutterbug Life Community; and Kerri Redding, Professional Photographer on the jury panel. This photography competition is sponsored by FKAG and Nations Photo Lab.

Competition Locations:
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE,
Washington, DC 20019


Plants and Flowers
Abstracts of Nature  

For the official rules and instructions, please visit  http://www.friendsofkenilworthgardens.org.

If additional information is needed, please feel fee to contact Danita Delaney via email, kenaqgardens@gmail.com.

INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH: Turns out all those April showers did bring us some beautiful May flowers.  Don't forget to tag your pictures with #FotoDC
Photo by: @jarrett.hendrix  

That's it for May! Be sure to check FotoDC.org for updates throughout the month!

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