Hello FotoFriends!

It's almost here! The 10th Anniversary of FotoWeekDC is just over a month away, and we can't wait for you to check out the amazing events and exhibitions we have lined up! Take a look at the FotoWeekDC calendar here!


Tickets are on sale for FotoWeekDC
Opening Party

Enjoy an exclusive first look at the FotoWeekCentral exhibitions and enjoy an open bar with Skyy cocktails, music by Ayes Cold, photobooths and more! 

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Photo by Dina Litovsky, 2016 Photojournalism Winner

FotoWeekDC is November 11-19 2017; make sure to save the date! 

We're celebrating our 10th anniversary with a FotoWeekDC that will aim to celebrate the "Landmarks of Photography" with exhibitions from Magnum PhotosWorld Press Photo, and more. 



Photo by Jeffrey Morris--Places of DC photo contest winner

There's still time to become a 2017 FotoPartner! 

We have two levels of partner involvement, so that you can choose the level that is best for your organization! Click the link below for more information and to register as an official 2017 FotoPartner!

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http://glenechophotoworks.org // Photo: Cam Miller

Exhibitions at Glen Echo Photoworks

Calling all Gastronomes! Photoworks Gallery announces Foodies, a juried photography exhibit highlighting the good, the bad and the tasty of a culture obsessed with eating as a hobby. The exhibit goes far beyond the #FoodPorn you see on your Instagram feed. It features photos of food in all stages of preparation, from harvesting, to stylized “still life” cooking portraits, to composted scraps, and photos of the “foodies” themselves.Through October 22.


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“The Closing of Whittier Boulevard, 1984 , Frank Romero .
Image courtesy of the the AltaMed Art Collection.”

The Mexican Cultural Institute presents Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art

In partnership with AltaMed Health Services, the Mexican Cultural Institute presents Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art, on view from September 5 - December 29, 2017. Comprised of 60 artworks AltaMed Art Collection, Before the 45th spans the past four decades and illustrates the ongoing dialogue begun by the Chicano vanguard and carried on by its successors, all of whom share a connection and resonance with their Mexican ancestry. The selection of works ends at the year 2016, as the exhibition aims to place a question mark on the types of artworks created and ideas to be conveyed in the foreseeable future.

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Hillyer Art Space October Events

Photo credit Rana Javadi

Friday, October 6th, 6-9pm
First Friday Gallery Walk featuring "Urban Mapping"

Featuring photography and video installations, this exhibition examines the concept of “Public Space” from the viewpoint of the artist. The collective experience of Iranian citizens that has been subject to political and social transformations. The works in this exhibition are not only documented narratives of urban life, but also an artistic reflection of life experiences in Iran.


Photo credit : Saba Alizadeh

Wednesday, October 11th, 7-9pm
Panel Discussion – Art in Context: Iran

Part of Hillyer's exhibition "Urban Mapping," join us for a panel discussion on Iranian and Iranian-American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. Panelists include Bahar Jalehmahmoudi, an Iranian-American artist who works as an installation artist and sculptor, and Shahrooz Shekaraubi, Founder and President of the Aftab Committee. The conversation will be moderated by Nazila Fathi, reporter and author of The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran.

Image courtesy of The Hillyer Art Space

Friday, October 27th, 7-8:30pm
Kamyar Arsani & Huda Asfour LIVE

Join the Aftab Committee and Hillyer for a night of Contemporary Persian Traditional music with Kamyar Arsani and Huda Asfour. Ticket sales will go to support the photography exhibition "Urban Mapping" on view at Hillyer now through October 29th.

Tickets: $20

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Image courtesy of Studio Gallery.
Steven Marks, 22”x 26”, Digital Inkjet Print

Studio Gallery Exhibitions


Abstraction/Representation: Deconstructing the Photographic Index
Photography is traditionally considered an accurate and true representation of reality. Even in the age of digital manipulation and Photoshop, the vast majority of viewers interpret a photographic image as a reliable index of what appeared before the camera at the moment the picture was captured. Is this so? Isn’t a photograph, even the most documentary, an abstraction of the world as it truly is? For the past several decades, conceptual photographers have explored the border between abstraction and representation in a variety of ways. This Studio Gallery show, curated by Leena Jayaswal of American University, illustrates how a number of the area’s most creative photographers are grappling with this always timely problem. 

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Photo Credit: Matt Stuart

Leica Store DC:
Street Photography with Matt Stuart

This workshop will provide inspriation to intermediate and experienced photographers alike. Participants can expect to receive hands-on critical feedback, both in the classroom and on the street from one of the world's leading contemporary street photographers. 

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A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs at the Newseum--Permanent Collection

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)

Public Hours:

9am - 5pm

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Photo Credit: Jurgen Freund

Don't forget to register for the WiLDSPEAK 2017 Symposium with iLCP!

WiLDSPEAK 2017 is hosted by the International League of Conservation Photographers. This two-day symposium of presentations, discussions, learning, and inspiration includes some of the world's leading nature and wildlife photographers, filmmakers, scientists, newsmakers, educators, and conservation organizations.  Together, we explore how visual media can best contribute to impactful science communications and positive conservation outcomes all around the globe.

Date: November 14-15, 2017
Time: 9:00am-5:15pm
Location: Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

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October Events at National Geographic 

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

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A Wild Life
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25
"See extraordinary images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary photographer and former National Geographic magazine Editor at Large for Photography Michael "Nick" Nichols in this special exhibition. Visitors will travel to the remotest reaches of the globe through Nick’s stunning, evocative, and technically innovative photos of our natural world. Exhibition organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art."

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Three Questions
Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25
"An intrepid and trusted reporter, Emmy-winning Martha Raddatz has embedded with U.S. forces during dozens of overseas trips and regularly gains exclusive access to information that matters. During Nat Geo Live’s debut event in its newest series—bringing to life the magazine’s “Three Questions” column—National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg will ask Martha about what inspires her to report from conflict zones across the globe. In this intimate conversation, Martha will provide an inside look at her work, including her book The Long Road Home, which will debut as a National Geographic channel miniseries this fall. She will be the subject of the “Three Questions” column this fall in National Geographic magazine."

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Photo courtesy of National Geographic

Into the Arctic Kingdom
Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25
"His multiyear quest to document the Arctic took photographer Florain Schulz to the ends of the Earth. He camped for weeks in jarring winter conditions, accompanied traditional Inuit hunters, and sailed the Arctic waters, all to get an intimate look at life in the Arctic. There, he tracked families of polar bears, followed vast caribou herds, and captured the Northern Lights in stunning detail. Through breathtaking imagery, this National Geographic photographer takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic kingdom—with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world's last great wildernesses."

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Photo: Roy Croft

Visionary Wild Workshops 

Travel and learn under the generous instruction of John Shaw, Jack Dykinga, Justin Black, Michael Melford, Roy Toft, Eddie Soloway and other masters, with Visionary Wild all-inclusive workshops and expeditions, designed to exceed the expectations of the passionate photographer. Our trips fill fast, but we have spaces open for two expeditions this October, visiting the unique parks and reserves throughout Madagascar, and taking an overland journey around the South Island of New Zealand. Other domestic opportunities for 2018 include Moab, UT and Big Bend, TX. Join us soon for a photography adventure!

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Image Credit: Emily Carter Mitchell/Capital Photography Center

Fall into Photography with Capital
Photography Center

Whether you are just beginning your journey into photography or have been shooting for years, you'll find an exciting and thorough list of classes to inspire! In addition to our most popular classes like DSLR Basics, Lightroom in a Day and iPhone Photography, we are offering special 'In The Field' classes this October that will capture all the season has to offer!

Join us on October 15 in Harper's Ferry, Virginia and photograph cute and unique antiques! Sweeping river views, fall colors, historic buildings and re-enactors in period clothing will provide plenty of subjects to stir your creative interests. Our small class sizes and knowledgable teachers means students receive individual and professional attention. Check out all of our other great classes today!

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INSTAGRAM OF THE MONTH:  We're loving this shot from @h.i.o
 this month. Sunflowers were everywhere and we were really into it. 

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FotoEDU of the Month:
"STEVEN SODERBERG : Color By Numbers"

" Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is known as a chameleon of color, known for using striking, strong color casts in which frames are saturated with one hue. The best example is his film "Traffic (2002)", in which Soderbergh is seen favoring a cast of strong blues and blacks to match Michael Douglas' drug kingpin character. His films are to mimic reality, but through color, he heightens all senses to empathize with the feelings of his characters. "- Our friends at Lomography

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

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AuthorMary Godier