Fall is here and there are so many wonderful photography events happening all month! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as we share exciting news about upcoming FotoWeekDC events all month long.
The Deadline for the FotoWeekDC 2016 Competitions is October 7th! Enter Today!
The three categories for competition offer a unique chance to gain exposure during the FotoWeekDC Festival and on all FotoDC online platforms.
Special FotoFriends Offer:
Get ALL your photos professionally framed by the amazing folks at Framebridge. They are the only brand we trusted to frame the incredible Faces & Places winners for our Winner's Gallery at the W Hotel in Washington DC! It's easy!
Use code: “FOTO16” for 15% off your first Framebridge order!
Become a FotoDC 2016 FotoPartner!
Become one of our exclusive FotoPartners and enjoy:
A valuable system for partners with a dedicated page on our website, which receives more than 200,000 hits per day during the festival and that you may link back to your organization’s own site.
Promotion of your event as part of the FotoPartner calendar/events system, list and map.
FotoPartner announcements on Twitter, Facebook and in FotoNews, our 40,000+ recipient newsletter
Enter the #NatGeoInspires Instagram Contest
Share your curiosity-inspired experiences using #NatGeoInspires for the chance at a spot on a National Geographic Expedition Weekend Photography Workshop and more. Additional images from the puja ceremony + details at @CoryRichards. Check them out at @NetGeo on Instagram!
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).
9/30 & 10/2- Leica Store DC Presents "Mapping the West" by Vince Lupo 9/30- Artist Reception: 7p-9p
10/2- Artist Talk: 2p
Through his work Vince Lupo is discovering what 'Spirit of the West' means to him. At times it is a beautiful, vast nothingness. Other times he sees evidence of a fading past, that although unknown to him, appears more 'authentic' than the present. Oftentimes he is confronted with religious symbols which serve as reminders of an adherence to tradition - but not without visible conflict.
Although humans may not always be included in his photographs their impact is apparent. It is Lupo who catches the threads that bind these elements together to present a compelling narrative- sometimes humourous, sometimes poignant, and other times evoking the old West.
10/9 1-3pm - BYOB (Bring your own book) day
It's back! Come by the Leica Store DC for our next BYOB event on Sunday, October 2nd from 1-3pm. If you're not familiar with this event, we simply ask that you bring in a photography book that you own and would like to share with the group. No RSVP is necessary for this event.
10/13 7:30pm-9:00pm - Movie Night
Our next movie night at the Leica Store DC will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 7:30pm-9:00pm. No RSVP necessary. Movie – TBA
10/16 2-4pm - Monthly Group Critique
We're pleased to announce a monthly event that will focus on improving, receiving, and providing photo critique within a small group setting at the Leica Store DC. This event is geared towards photographers with a strong understanding of photography and are looking to receive (and provide) feedback with the intention of improving their portfolio. The event is strictly limited to six participants. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202) 787-5900
10/23 11am-4:30pm - Leica Q Owners Workshop
A hands-on workshop for current owners of the Leica Q. Owners shoot with their own cameras and learn practical skills to enhance their Q experience with a professional Leica Akademie instructor.
Renwick Artist Talks
We’re excited to feature two artists included in the Renwick Invitational exhibit. On October 13th, sculptor Norwood Vivianowill discuss using the cutting edge process of 3D printing combined with an exploration of cultural and societal change. On October 30th, Kristen Morgin will discuss how her unglazed ceramic works reflect American nostalgia through collaged effects.
Contemporary Art Crash Course
A new program at SAAM demystifies Contemporary art through small-group conversations with Contemporary Art Curator, Joanna Marsh.Topics include: questions of identity and social visibility, art’s relationship to the environment, and the rise of new media in a digital age. On October 26th our crash course will discuss African American Art. SAAM has such a strong collection of African American art providing a rich context for this introductory course. Marsh will examine work byMark Bradford, Nick Cave, Kerry James Marshall, Kara Walker.
Photographs by Camilo Jose Vergara
Through November 27
This series of photographs is presented in honor of those who lost their lives, those who responded and volunteered in the aftermath, and those who have labored to never forget—and rebuild—after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Taken by Camilo José Vergara over a span of more than 45 years and focused on the site of the World Trade Center, these the sequences chronicle the development of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. They are also a testament to the power of place, buildings, and our collective memory.
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
"In Pursuit of Wildlife" - Monday, October 3 at 7:30pm
"Bertie Gregory captures the essence of what it means to coexist peacefully—with respect and humor—alongside the magnificent creatures of the natural world. He has been filming wildlife for National Geographic since 2014, when he graduated from the University of Bristol. In his burgeoning career, Bertie has camped with wolves on Vancouver’s western beaches, pursued peregrine falcons in London, and filmed leopards in the streets of Mumbai."
"Coming Home: From North Korea to Yellowstone" - Thursday, October 13 at 7:30pm
After 20 years living in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia—reporting breaking news from remote places like the front lines of Afghanistan and North Korea for the Associated Press— award-winning National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder returned home to follow a personal call of the wild: photographing Yellowstone. His work at Yellowstone is his first as a National Geographic Photography fellow, where he is focusing on conservation and geopolitical conflict."
"Mankind to Mars" - Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm
Book passage on a thrilling 45-million-mile journey to humankind’s next frontier. Andrew Fazekas leads a lively on-stage conversation with prominent Mars experts (Ray Arvidson, Bobby Braun, Jedidah Isler, Scott Hubbard, and Briony Horgan) in an event dramatized through stunning visuals and footage from Nat Geo Channel’s groundbreaking new miniseries Mars.
Muriel Hasbun & Caroline Lacey : Calling to You September 10 - October 22 2016
Civilian Art Projects launches its 11th season with “Muriel Hasbun & Caroline Lacey: Calling to You,” a photographic exhibition about legacy, the construction of memory, and cultural identity. The exhibition will be on view until October 22, 2016.
Civilian Art Projects
4718 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20011
Wed, Thurs, Sat
1pm - 5pm
Visionary Wild Autumn Workshops
Travel and learn under the generous instruction of Frans Lanting, John Shaw, Jack Dykinga, Justin Black, Michael Melford and other masters, with Visionary Wild workshops and expeditions, designed to exceed the expectations of the passionate photographer. This autumn, we visit Utah’s Capitol Reef, where we will help participants refine their personal creative vision, composition, technical skills, and digital workflow amid the splendid red rock landscape and golden aspens. Other upcoming opportunities include close encounters with Polar Bears, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Death Valley National Park, and the Oregon Coast near Bandon. Join the adventure!
Through October 11 Alan Ward, FASLA, occupies a unique position in landscape architecture. He is a renowned practitioner of the craft, demonstrated by his award-winning work as a principle at Sasaki; he is also an accomplished photographer of the landscape. Working mostly in black and white, Ward focuses on the fundamental material that constructs the landscape: grain, texture, bright light, dappled shade.
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
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.
The 410 GooDBuddY Gallery Exhibition “Coast Road / portraits of places” by Timothy Cassidy opens Friday, November 18th at 6:30PM.
Coast Road is an exploration of rural southwest Ireland. This series captures the breathtaking landscapes and intimate spaces that make up the small coast roads along the Atlantic Ocean. Without the sentimentality typical of most photographs of Ireland, Tim’s images portray the complex emotion that lingers in an abandoned space or the joy you feel when you hear the earth’s song in a perfect patch of empty wood. Mostly, his images render that ephemeral moment we experience when we’re not quite sure why a memory sticks with us.
410 GooDBuddY. 410 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC
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.
Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw, and Joseph Mills—three premier chroniclers of mid- to late-20th-century Washington— examine the streets of downtown D.C. with photography in DISTRICT II at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The exhibition opens Thursday, September 29. The show builds on the enthusiastic response to DISTRICT Chris Earnshaw, a solo gallery show of city-wide work presented in early 2016, narrowing the geography of the previous show to Earnshaw’s photos of downtown, and adding context from the accomplished Barrett and Mills.
Archiving Digital Photography Workshop
Using examples from the extensive analog collections of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., as well as more recent digital accessions, this workshop will offer tips on how to organize your digital photography files; best practices for digital storage; and strategies for compiling the documentation necessary to make your contemporary photography work a possible resource for your descendants, future historians, and repositories such as the Historical Society. This morning workshop will run from 10:00-12:00 on Saturday, October 15. Advanced registration and ticket purchase recommended. On site registration subject to availability.
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
Classes at 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 at Capital Photography Center! In order to celebrate Fotoweek DC 2016, we are announcing a special class discount for FotoDC participants on a select list of classes! Sign up for any of our great field work or lecture classes below and enter the code FOTODC15 in order to receive 15% off! Our small class sizes and knowledgable teachers means our students receive individual and professional attention. Check them out today!
Intersections: Photographs and Videos from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art
This gallery explores the connections between the two newly joined photography collections. On view through January 2, 2017, the exhibition is organized around themes found in the work of the two pioneers of each collection: Eadweard Muybridge and Alfred Stieglitz. Inspired by these two seminal artists, Intersections brings together more than 100 highlights of the recently merged collections by a range of artists from the 1840s to today. Just as the nearly 700 photographs from Muybridge's groundbreaking publication Animal Locomotion, acquired by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1887, became the foundation for the institution's early interest in photography, the Key Set of more than 1,600 works by Stieglitz, donated by Georgia O'Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate, launched the photography collection at the National Gallery of Art in 1949. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, the exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund. Additional funding is kindly provided by Brian and Paula Ballo Dailey.
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)
SAVE THE DATE: WiLDSPEAK will be November 15th - 16th 2016
Join the International League of Conservation Photographers for a one day symposium with presentations, discussions, learning, and inspiration from some of the world’s leading nature and wildlife photographers, scientists, and conservation program implementers.
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 Video of the Month: DIY Film Developing with One Day on Film
Analogue photography alone is tricky business for the newbie, and film development is another skill to master. Learning never stops at just a tutorial or two. Van Dan, a music producer and photographer, gives a comprehensive breakdown of film development for experts and neophytes alike.
The video includes a detailed explanation of making one’s own developer, stop bath, fixer, how-to guide in loading negatives on to a reel, and the film development process itself.