Good morning FotoFriends,

This year's FotoWeekDC festival was one for the books. With over 100+ different exhibitions and events, this year's scheduled was filled with an outstanding array of topics, artists, subjects and projects that truly celebrate the art of photography. We are so thrilled to have been able to bring this festival once again to the District, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

Luckily for all of you photography lovers out there, many of the exhibitions we featured as part of FotoWeek 2017 are still available for viewing! Be sure to check out any you may not have had time for throughout our festival!


World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 - On Display through 11/26/2017
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dupont Underground – 19 Dupont Circle Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States
The exhibition represents the best visual journalism of the past year and is seen by 4 million people in 100 cities throughout the world. It will be held in Washington, DC from 3rd to 26th of November at the Dupont Underground, with partner events held throughout the city. The World Press Photo exhibition is the culmination of an annual photo contest, drawing submissions from photographers in 126 countries who collectively submitted more than 80,000 images. The jury awarded prizes in eight categories covering topics from spot news and contemporary issues to people, nature and sport. 

Cislanderus  On Display through 12/9/2017
Former Residences of the Spanish Ambassadors - 2801 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Cislanderus is a cultural project that gives a face to the Canarian descendants of the US. The exhibition highlights these descendants of the “isleños” from Delacroix Island. During the years 1778 and 1783, around 2,500 Canary Islanders traveled to what was then the Spanish owned Louisiana territory to defend the land from the British troops.

Posing For The Camera: Gifts From Robert B. Menschel -
On Display through 1/28/2018
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
National Gallery of Art – 6th & Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20565

A selection of some 60 photographs in the Gallery’s collection made possible by Robert B. Menschel are on view in an exhibition that examines how the act of posing for a portrait changed with the invention of the medium.

PhotoSlam: The Exhibition- On Display through 12/3/2017
SUN & MON: 1–8 PM, SAT: 1–4 PM
Glen Echo Park : 7300 Macarthur Boulevard NW Glen Echo, MD, 20812
Photoworks is pleased to announce the exhibition of the 2016 Photoslam winners October 27 through December 3. There will be a gallery talk and reception on Saturday, October 28 from 5pm to 7pm.The exhibit features work that ranges from intimate portraits to street photography and sweeping minimalist landscapes. Artists exhibiting work in the show include 2016’s first place winner Tom Mullins, second place Denzil Spicer, third place Tanguy de Carbonnières, and the audience choice Saul Pleeter.

Exhibition runs: October 28 - December 3 at Photoworks Glen Echo Park

Wild: Michael Nichols- On Display through 1/15/2018
National Geographic Museum1145 17th Street NW Washington, DC, 2003

Photography has been an indispensable tool in National Geographic’s nearly 130-year history of advancing global understanding and inspiring solutions for the greater good. A new exhibition, “Wild: Michael Nichols,” opening at the National Geographic Museum on Oct. 12, exemplifies the profound impact of visual storytelling, with stunning images of wildlife and wild places through the eyes of legendary National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols. Organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition will be on display at the National Geographic Museum through Jan. 15, 2018.

Visual Metaphors- On Display through 11/29/2017
IDB Staff Association Gallery – 1300 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20577

A joint-exhibition by French photographer Anne-Lise Large and Mexican photographer Alejandro Gutierrez, curated by Fabian Goncalves that is part of FOTOWEEKDC. The work of Anne-Lise Large awakens emotions of adversity, struggle, and quest in a dreamlike atmosphere of highly sentimental and dramatic content. In the case of Alejandro Gutierrez it is a ritual of form and color where contextualizing the images takes us back to a distant but familiar memory where dreams and imagination help us contextualize them. This exhibition is presented with the support of the Offices of the Executive Directors for France and Mexico at the IDB.  This exhibition will run through November 29th. Monday through Friday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Be sure to join them for their upcoming event on 11/21/2017

DIS\PLACE - On Display through 1/31/2018
IDB Cultural Center1300 New York Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20577

DIS\PLACE is an invitation to reflect on notions of home through the lens of displacement. In this exhibition, we address photojournalism’s ability to present serious development challenges with a sense of intimacy, vulnerability, and empathy on topics such as migration, violence, and humanity’s impact on the environment as a direct consequence of displacement.  Our aim is to “displace” viewers and their senses as they look out toward the world as well as inward towards their own perceptions of place and home. Free and open to the public Monday – Friday, 11am-6pm.

Whose America? Our America! - On Display through 12/11/2017
Cuba Cuba Gallery Cafe- Cuba Cuba Gallery Cafe2309 18th Street NW Washington, DC, 20009

Visit Cuba Cuba cafe to view photos documenting protests in the nations capital in support of immigrants and refugee rights by photographer Hector Emanuel. ( The exhibition will be on display from November 11th -December 11th

The Arctic Smiles Now - On Display through 12/17/2017
Hillyer Art Space - 9 Hillyer Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008

In 2015, Akey traveled to the arctic, to the scenes of airships and sledging parties, ice floes and glaciers. In the past men came there to push back the shade of Terra Incognita from the maps of mankind and they stayed there as ghosts, as myths. But when she arrived to the top of our planet what she found was not glittering expanses of ice and blue melt ponds, the strong feel of the men of legend; Instead she found tundra, green and gold in the low autumn sun, black brown rock from ancient tropical oceans and women with rifles. The Arctic Smiles Now shows these women at work, the northern ecosystem they protect and work within, and weaves them together in conversation with stories from the past. Gallery Hours: Mon 12-5 pm, Tue-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 12-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm, and by appointment. 


Land That We Love - On Display through 12/17/2017
Hillyer Art Space-
 9 Hillyer Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008
Land That We Love is a series of photographs and videos highlighting Foster’s experiences in the West African country of Sierra Leone. From children to adults, these images highlight everyday life in Sierra Leone and the resiliency of the people who always find ways to rebuild during difficult times. Gallery Hours: Mon 12-5 pm, Tue-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 12-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm, and by appointment. 

Immigration in Ibero-America - On Display through 12/17/2017
Hillyer Art Space- 9 Hillyer Court Northwest Washington, DC, 20008

This exhibit aims to show the positive cultural, social and economic influence of immigrants in the IberoAmerican countries, portraying how they have welcomed immigrants in to their cultures. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the IberoAmerican Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA), whose is to promote, disseminate, and preserve the heritage, culture, and art of IberoAmerica in the Washington D.C. area, while working actively to build bridges between Latin America, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Gallery Hours: Mon 12-5 pm, Tue-Fri 12-6 pm, Sat 12-5 pm, Sun 11am-5pm, and by appointment

Black Dolls Project - On Display through 11/20/2017
Anacostia Arts Center- 1231 Good Hope Road SoutheastWashington, DC

The disease is not skin color. Mistreating individuals according to their skin color is a symptom of evil. Madness is an imbalance. So, it is necessary to restore Balance to cure ourselves. To eradicate an epidemic, one treats each individual until all are healed. Black Dolls Project is a body of work composed of three photographic series. Poupées Noires is the reality of persons classified as non- white. They are Dolls. Flora is the imaginary that is inculcated and inoculated; shaping the reality that surrounds them. Mental-Cide is the terminal phase, letting them disarticulated, both psychically and physically. The individual develops reactions that lead him to mistreat himself and to mistreat the other. Are we ready to accept our condition? Are we ready to begin the healing process? Do we aim at producing justice?

Decisive Moments Through The Looking Glass
 - On Display through 11/21/2017
Black Lab Studio, #16716 Monroe Street NortheastWashington, DC, 20017

Among other things, Frankfurter photographs weddings, for hire. Weddings are a remarkable spectacle. Not only do they provide the ceremonial occasion to meld families, they mediate social categories through a public display of private emotions. The wedding photographer goes where most strangers are not allowed.  Weddings can bring out the worst in people: they can highlight family feuds and tantrums and bad fashion choices. They also are a display of wealth and ritual gift exchange. As the audience at these events, we are on one side of the looking glass, the side of appearances. But an artist who is The Photographer gets to go through the glass, and sometimes she can find decisive moments, telling moments—like treasures—to bring back from the other side. 

Humanity, The Exhibit - On Display Through 11/22/2017
540 Penn Street NE Washington, D.C. 20008

The simplicity of human beauty is not external. It is derived from our unshakable universal desires: love, peace, joy, acceptance, empathy, hope, support.  What we wish for in this world is the same regardless of where we are born. Our similarities are greater than our differences - it is simply a matter of perspective. 
Eight photographers have lent their artistry to showcase unique  perspectives the beauty of humanity. Their art is a direct adaptation of the many faces, features, and emotions that connect and inspire us. The imagery seen throughout this exhibit has been shot using only a Google Pixel 2. By design, these photographers were asked to create the simplest yet truest version of human beauty using only a phone.  The exhibit has been curated by Creative Theory Agency in partnership with Google. 10:00am - 6:00pm daily. 


Canadians by Bryan Adams
Embassy of Canada Art Gallery- 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20001

As the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, it is proud to present Canadians, an exhibition of photographs by Bryan Adams. Although best known as a Grammy Award-winning music legend, Adams is also an acclaimed and award-winning photographer. Canadians is a collection of 29 photographic portraits of national icons from all walks of Canadian life, featuring recently-captured images and several from Adams’ personal archives. Exhibit will run from October 19th, 2017 to January 26th, 2018 and is open from Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM

The Message : New Media Works - On Display through April 22, 2018
The Hirshhorn Museum - Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560

The Message: New Media Works is a transformative journey through five contemporary film and video installations that use music, film and pop culture to reveal profound truths about life in the 21st century.  It’s also the first chance for D.C. audiences to discover leading international video artists Camille Henrot, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, Frances Stark, Hito Steyerl, and Arthur Jafa, an award-winning cinematographer known for his collaborations Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Solange, and whose seminal Kanye West-backed “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” inspired the exhibition’s title.

2017 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards Exhibition
On Display Through Sept. 2018

Museum of Natural History- 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20560
From more than 26,000 entries submitted to the 2017 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards, 60 images were selected to showcase the extraordinary work of outdoor photographers in 59 countries. United by their creativity and technical skill with a camera, these artists of all ages and experience share visions of nature to inspire its preservation. Named for nature photographer and conservationist, Windland Smith Rice, the 22nd annual Nature’s Best Photography Awards exhibition presents fine art prints accompanied by HD video. The exhibition is on view through September 2018.

FR(AGILE) - On Display through 11/22/2017
Carroll Square Gallery 975 F Street NW Washington, DC, 20004

Fragility does not always indicate weakness. Rather, fragility implies the potential for destruction, but persistence despite it. Women grapple with this reality in their day-to-day lives and thus offer a unique perspective on what it means to be agile in one’s perceived fragility. Three women photographers from the Washington DC area, Carey Averbook, Michelle Frankfurter and Tatiana Gulenkina cast a knowing eye to address fragile communities or things whose strength lies in their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. 


The Rooftop Collective : Together Alone - On Display through 12/16/2017
716 Monroe Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20017

The  Rooftop Collective, a group of local photographers, exhibits a series of photographs that celebrate the quiet and intimate daily life of Washingtonians. This exhibition explores feelings of solitude and seeks beauty in the every-day passerby routines. The exhibited photographs tell stories of different people and places in Washington DC, from a variety of perspectives due to the collective’s diversity in photographic aesthetic and subject matter preferences. Exhibition will run from November 16 – December 16, and the gallery is open 10am-2pm on Saturdays & By Appointment. 

The Smithsonian Castle - On Display Indefinitely
1000 Jefferson Drive Southwest Washington, DC, 20560

The earliest-known photograph of the Smithsonian Castle is currently on view in the building’s Great Hall. The photograph was taken in 1850 during the Castle’s construction and shows the two completed wings of the building. At the time of this photograph, only two of the Castle’s nine towers were completed. The crane in the image rises over the North Tower, which would eventually soar 140 feet above the National Mall. The carriage porch at the front of the building would not be completed until late 1851.

Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging From Panama to Washington, D.C.
On Display Indefinitely
Anacostia Community Museum - 1901 Fort Place Southeast Washington, DC, 20020

Through images and narrative, including graphically stylized commentary, “Bridging the Americas: Community and Belonging From Panama to Washington, D.C.,” tells of the personal experiences of Panamanians and Zonians living in and commuting and navigating between the nation’s capital area and Panama.

Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities - On Display Indefinitely
American History Museum- 1300 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20560

“Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities” is a display of 22 photographs that reflect the diversity of the African American experience. The photos come from two collections in the museum’s Archives Center that depict special occasions and everyday life in African American communities: the Scurlock Studio Collection and the Fournet Drug Store. The exhibition is on view indefinitely. 

Everyday Beauty
National Museum of African American History and Culture- 1400 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC, 20560

“Everyday Beauty” features 100 images and rarely seen films from the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s growing photography and moving-image collection. The exhibition uses the lenses of history, culture and community to reflect themes of self-representation, social responsibility and resilience. African Americans have long recognized the power of images and used them to document moments—from the monumental to everyday. Photography and film have also been used to challenge negative perceptions, demonstrate the strength of the human spirit and promote social reform. These selected works highlight the beauty of everyday occasions and feature photography and films by known and lesser-known artists.

National Portrait Gallery Exhibitions - Various Exhibition Dates Listed Below
8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20001

“One Life: Sylvia Plath” is the first exploration of the poet and writer’s visual imagination in an art and history museum. The exhibition reveals how Plath shaped her identity as she came of age as a writer in the 1950s and early 1960s. It is on view through May 20, 2018. 

"Marlene Dietrich: Dressed For The Image". Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in movies such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932) and Seven Sinners (1940). The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich challenged strictly limited notions of femininity through her lifestyle and fashion. It is on view through April 15, 2018.

“Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady” traces the trajectory of Mathew Brady’s early career through daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and salted paper prints in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. The museum’s Daguerreian Gallery is the only permanent exhibition space in Washington dedicated to showcasing examples of photographic portraiture from the dawn of photography. It is on view through June 3, 2018.

“The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now” focuses on the psychological impact and consequences of modern warfare on those who serve. The exhibition includes more than 50 objects that convey the reality of the modern soldier within the context of a culture that has, in many ways, normalized warfare. It is on view through Jan. 28, 2018.

“The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers” will present nearly 100 representations of laborers to explore the role of working people in the formation, self-definition and development of the United States. The fully bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition examines the intersections between work, art and social history, and will be on view Nov. 3 through Sept. 3, 2018. 


We absolutely have to thank our amazing Festival Partners without whom this festival would not be possible! 

AuthorMary Godier