After April showers it is always wonderful to have some May flowers to photograph! D.C. comes alive in the Springtime and our art community always takes advantage of it to produce something beautiful. Be sure to follow us on Instagram as we share exciting news about FotoDC all month long!
Become a 2017 FotoPartner!
We're making this year's festival bigger and better- with two levels of partner involvement, choose the level that is best for your organization! Right now we're featuring special Early Bird Pricing for FotoPartners! The price will increase July 1st. Click the link below for more information and to register as an official 2017 FotoPartner!
Call for Submissions to For the Record Open Now
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. invites local artists to submit 2D artwork depicting one of eight specific neighborhoods in D.C. to For the Record (opening fall 2017): Howard Town/Pleasant Plains, Burleith, Palisades, Shepherd Park, Ivy City, Buzzard Point, Kenilworth, and Congress Heights. Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 photographs and top 3 non-photographs with an additional prize awarded to the work deemed Best Overall. The Best in Ward prize will be given to the artist whose work is chosen as the best piece representing each specific ward. Deadline is May 15.
May Events with National Geographic
National Geographic Live
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25
Celebrate the power—and beauty—of living in balance with nature with award-winning photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier. Learn from the Inuits, who still use ancient practices to hunt on the ice in Greenland; the First Nations people, who are protecting sacred headwaters in British Columbia; and marginalized Hawaiians, who are embracing traditions like Polynesian wayfinding to navigate the seas and rebuild pride among their people.
Nat Geo Nights
Thursday, May 18 5:30 pm-8:00 pm | Tickets $15
Get an unfiltered look at the surprises, challenges, and behind-the-scenes moments captured by National Geographic explorers in the field. Feel like part of the expedition with explorers live and in-person who have come face-to-face with wild animals, survived extreme environments, and made unexpected discoveries.
National Geographic Live
Sharks: On Assignment With Brian Skerry
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25
Award-winning National Geographic photojournalist and conservationist Brian Skerry has gone to extraordinary lengths to photograph sharks—to show us why we should not only protect them, but respect and appreciate them as integral species within our ecosystem. Join us as Brian shares stories and photos from the 14 daring trips he has taken around the world to photograph tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic whitetips, and shortfin makos.
National Geographic Museum
Opens May 24
"This summer, the museum will present “Sharks,” an exhibition featuring impressive photography, videos, models, artifacts, and interactive experiences to showcase award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry’s work filming the important, and threatened, shark.
WHNPA ‘Eyes of History’ Awards Gala on June 10th
RSVP today for the White House News Photographers Association 96th anniversary and awards gala. The 2017 Eyes of History Awards Gala will be held June 10, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. Space for the event is limited so be sure to have your RSVP in by Friday May 27th!
Climate Change: Hope and Progress On View through June 1st
Join the International League of Conservation Photographers in viewing the new exhibition Climate Change: Hope and Progress. This exhibitions is a profile of environmental photojournalist, Gary Braasch, and and a survey of his decades of creating his determined images around this subject. The exhibition honors Gary Braasch's life and conservation work as a beloved environmental photojournalist and champion of efforts towards understanding and fighting global warming, The exhibition is currently in view at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
"Transitional Objects" Opening Now at The Loft in lululemon in Georgetown
Enjoy beautiful art and photos from local artists inside the lululemon store in Georgetown in their recently refurbished upstairs loft space!
In developmental psychology, a transitional object is a comfort tool for a child, that functions as a substitute for the mother or caregiver as the child moves towards independence. Using this concept as a starting point, the artists in Transitional Objects use photography, painting, sculpture, and installation to explore comfort as it relates to daunting situations we encounter across the political and interpersonal realms. "Transitional Objects will" run until July 16th.
The show will feature the following artists:
Amy Hughes Braden
Wayson R. Jones
Rodrigo Carazas Portal
New Spring-Summer Exposed DC Exhibit at Crystal City Fotowalk - Art in the Everyday
On the heels of their smashing success of the 11th Annual Exposed DC Photography show, Exposed DC presents a new exhibit in the Crystal City Fotowalk. "Art in the Everyday" features 120 works by 78 local photographers who take abstract and graphically-arresting images that make us look twice at the environment around us. Read more about the participating artists at the link below.
9th Annual "Mirror to the World" Documentary Photography Exhibition at Photoworks Gallery On View Through May 14th
The "Mirror to the World" exhibition is juried by Frank Van Riper and features the work of 11 local photographers. The gallery is composed of 5 in-depth "photo essays" -- accompanied by written text -- on a wide variety of topics ranging from urban DC street photography, to life in rural America and the "dying city" of Civita di Bagnoregio.
1st Floor, Arcade Building
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography Open Now Through July 16th
National Gallery of Art, West Building
Exhibition: East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography is the first exhibition to exclusively focus on photography of eastern American landscapes during the 1800s. This fundamental chapter in America's photographic history is explored through 175 photographs, including daguerreotypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, stereo cards, and albums. Works included illustrate how photographers documented the nation's transition over the course of the century, exploring the untouched wilderness, the devastation of the Civil War, and the dramatic transformations of industrialization.
This May, the National Gallery of Art will present three lectures and demonstrations related to the exhibition East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography.
Picturing Landscape through Nineteenth-Century Photographic Processes
May 6 at 11:00 a.m.
France Scully Osterman, artist, educator, lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio, and guest scholar at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, provides an overview of historical photographic processes used to create works in the exhibition East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography.
John Moran and Art Photography in America: 1855 – 1875
May 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Mary Panzer, historian of photography and American culture, shares the story of one photographer, John Moran (1831-1902), brother to painter Thomas Moran. John Moran belonged to a network of Philadelphia-based amateur artists, historians, scientists, and collectors who recognized photography as a fine art in the years before the Civil War. Moran also appreciated the art of the newly developed stereograph. After 1865 the art of John Moran “disappeared” into collections of prints and historic documents, while Philadelphia photographers continued to lead the country in excellence for another generation.
The Geography of Culture: Photographic Narratives in the Landscape of the American East
May 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Artist Mitch Epstein shares how the distress of the New England industrial town of his childhood and the vibrancy of the city of New York, where he’s lived for 45 years, have informed his photographic sensibility. Epstein traces his work, drawn from the eastern United States for nearly five decades, and considers it in the context of his 19th-century predecessors.
May Events & Exhibitions at Smithsonian American Art Museum
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times
May 3-September 17
President John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America, and no single politician was photographed more than Kennedy. American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times is one of the most exhaustively researched collection of Kennedy photos ever assembled, offering viewers a glimpse into the iconic American Presidents personal and public life. In celebration of what would be Kennedy’s 100th birthday, the Smithsonian American Art Museum opens its doors and invites the community to gain a deeper appreciation of one of the most beloved Presidents in American history.
Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography
May 12-August 6
America’s urban streets have long inspired documentary photographers. Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography explores the work of ten photographers who were driven to document and reflect on the state of American cities during the transformative years after World War II. These photographers turned a critical eye toward neighborhoods that existed on the margins of major cities like New York and Los Angeles, exposing their transformation and offering a chance to see how they responded to the urban crisis in the communities where they lived and worked.
Down These Mean Streets Poetry Reading Friday, May 12, 2017, 6:30pm
Martín Espada is an award-winning poet, essayist, and attorney who has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice and Latino rights. His critically acclaimed poetry celebrates—and laments—the immigrant and working class experience. Espada reads poems inspired by his father, Frank Espada, whose photographs are featured in SAAM’s exhibition Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography. Award-winning DC based poets Naomi Ayala and Sami Miranda join Espada to read from their work in the context of the exhibition.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
Contemporary Art Crash Course: Contemporary Urban Photography Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 5:30-7pm
Inspired by SAAMs exhibition Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, this course examines the genre of street photography from its documentary roots to its current relationship with surveillance culture. Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Andrew Moore, James Nares, Catherine Opie, and Doug Rickard are just of few of the artists whose work is featured.
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium
May Events at the Leica Store
May 7th 1pm-3pm Photography Group Critique
Join the Leica Store for a group critique on Sunday, May 7th from 1-3pm. This event is open to photographers of all skill sets. Space is limited to 8 participants, so please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants can bring in up to 6 images in digital form (memory card or flash drive), or print.
May 21st 2pm-4pm Bill Putnam Artist Talk
Exhibiting photographer, Bill Putnam will be giving an artist talk about his series, “A Mad Dash – 16 Months in Helmand” at the Leica Store DC on Sunday, May 21st from 2-4pm. Space is limited so please send your rsvp to email@example.com.
5/25, 7PM-9PM - MOVIE NIGHT
The next Leica movie night is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 25th at 7pm. No RSVP necessary.
Exhibitions Currently on View at the Mexican Culture Institute
EXHIBIT: BORDES/BORDERS On View Through May 13th
Don’t miss the last two weeks of the conceptual video exhibit, Bordes/Borders, a contemporary look at what borders mean to various artists across the world. The exhibit curated by Othón Castañeda features short films submitted to the Bienal de las Fronteras, an artistic initiative that offers a platform to emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. The selection exhibited at the MCI establishes an alternative view of imagined boundaries, this time 'from the inside out'. These pieces pursue a collective effort to establish a visual dialogue between three spheres of production and their key players: region, nation, and world.
EXHIBIT: El Vuelo y Su Semilla On View Through May 20th
The Mexican Cultural Institute’s latest exhibit, El vuelo y su semilla, features installation pieces by renowned artist Betsabeé Romero. The exhibit reflects on the role of eating and cooking in the formation and transformation of the Mexican culture that immigrants carry with them. Her extensive body of work recycles found objects and culinary staples to transform them into narrators of history that speak to us about mobility, miscegenation, and the culture of global consumption. Juxtaposed with elements of Mexican artisanal craftsmanship, these ordinary objects take on an extraordinary quality in their unassuming dialogue between tradition and vanguard.
Visionary Wild Workshops
Travel and learn under the generous instruction of John Shaw, Jack Dykinga, Justin Black, Michael Melford, Michele Westmorland, Eddie Soloway and other masters, with Visionary Wild workshops and expeditions, designed to exceed the expectations of the passionate photographer. We will visit the Redwood Coast of northern California in May, where we will help participants refine their personal creative vision, composition, technical skills, and digital workflow amid the towering cliffs and trees. Other upcoming opportunities include our Birds of Iceland expedition in July and rafting the Alsek River in August. Join us in 2017 for a photography adventure!
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.
Jumpstart Your Summer at 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 you! In addition to our most popular classes like DSLR Basics, Lightroom in a Day and iPhone Photography, we are offering special classes this season at the National Cathedral that are sure to sell out so sign up quickly!
We will be offering two classes at the National Cathedral through our partnership with the All Hallows Guild. The Guild works as stewards and caretakers of the beautiful gardens and grounds at the National Cathedral including the Bishop’s Garden and the lovely Olmsted Woods. Join us May 6 for Fair and Festival Photography at the All Hallow Guild Flower Mart and on June 24 for Garden Photography at the Bishop’s Garden.
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)
9am - 5pm
FotoEDU of the Month: How to Do Nighttime Photography on Analogue
If you're looking to capture those perfect sundown shots check out this video from our FotoPartners at Lomography to help you get it just right with your analogue!