Hello and welcome to the first FotoNews of 2015! In each edition, FotoDC will bring you the best photography events and news around town, courtesy of our FotoPartners (be sure to scroll to the bottom!). To learn more about becoming one/getting involved click here.

Critical Exposure + Hirshhorn + National Bulding Museum!
Critical Exposure, the Hirshhorn's ARTLAB+, and The National Building Museum collaborated to bring the youth art exhibit, "Creating Across the City." The exhibit will be on display at Reagan National Airport's Gallery Walk Terminal A through July.


Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) will hold the Fourth Annual Photo Seminar and Portfolio Review on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 from 9am-3pm at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. 

The Seminar and Portfolio Review offers an opportunity to show your work to industry leaders in Washington, DC- a base for many of the world’s top photographers, editors, and publications. Editors from National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, NPR, the Washington Post, the New York Times, AARP, Washingtonian Magazine and more will be on hand to conduct the portfolio reviews. 


Holocaust Museum hosts first Instameet
On January 1, 2015, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum changed its photography policy to allow photographs in its exhibitions for the first time in its 22-year history. One month later, on February 1, the Museum welcomed more than 40 members of the DC Instagram community to its Permanent Exhibition, and invited them to be among the first people to make photographs of its powerful artifacts. Participants went on guided mini-tours of the Permanent Exhibition, and were introduced to the Museum’s unique architecture. The Holocaust Museum welcomes other photographers to visit the Museum on their own, or to take part in additional upcoming opportunities to visit as a community.

Photo by Phil Martin (@phil.martin)


Be a part of 9:30 Club history!
Have plenty of great memories at the 9:30 Club? Don't we all. Now, on the eve of their 35th anniversary, the club is gearing up to publish a book charting its history! If you have any documents or photos like those listed above, send 'em over to 930book@RRockEnterprises.com. 

Ernesto Bazan visiting Photoworks at Glen Echo!
On Saturday, February 28th, join master photographer and author Ernesto Bazan for a unique one-on-one portfolio review and a lecture and book signing for “A Cuban Trilogy.” For more information, please visit www.glenechophotoworks.org

US Diplomacy Center Presents: Faces of Diplomacy

They are commissioned Foreign Service Officers who manage our diplomatic relations around the globe. Foreign Service Specialists, Civil Servants, Development Specialists, locally engaged staff, and many others also labor tirelessly in support of our nation’s interests at our diplomatic missions around the world.

Take a closer look at ten of these talented and diverse employees of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. They come from various regions, have various educational backgrounds, and perform a wide variety of duties. But service to our nation unites them in purpose. Each of them serves our nation at home or abroad, promoting peace and prosperity on behalf of all Americans. In the videos, each tells his or her own story of why they serve their country.

The medium for each portrait is an archival pigment print. Each subject selected the site for their portrait. Each site has a personal connection, which is noted in the portrait label. A few of the subjects have since moved on to new positions.

Pictured above: Wesley Mathews, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany
Photo by Pratik Shah, BFA Photojournalism 2014


News in Brief

  • Chain and the Gang did a pop-up performance in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and the photos from the show are gorgeous. [BYT]
  • DC’s best storytellers join forces with Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) to bring you a night of compelling, humorous, and mind-blowing true stories from women behind the scenes and on the front lines of world events and cultural trends. [SpeakeasyDC]
  • First look photos at the new Founding Farmers in Tysons proves how much you need a donut with fried chicken. [BYT]
  • RAMW partnered with us to showcase the people and faces in the DC area’s food community. [FotoDC]

Tell your NY friends!

Nat Geo Live premieres next week in New York City at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts! On February 4, 2015 be inspired by National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen as he shares breathtaking images and behind-the-scenes stories live on stage! 



RAMMYS IN FOCUS Photography Project Announced
Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington & FotoDC Collaborate

Washington, D.C. (November 19, 2014)—Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and FotoDC are proud to announce a first ever collaboration highlighting the region’s booming restaurant industry through an innovative photography contest and exhibition.  Launching this week on the heels of the much talked about FotoWeekDC, RAMMYS IN FOCUS will showcase the people and faces in the DC area’s food community. It will engage professional and experienced amateur photographers from around the region, capturing images from all sides of foodservice, the juried results of which will debut at the 33rd annual RAMMY Awards and Gala, Sunday, June 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

To build the RAMMYS IN FOCUS collection FotoDC is soliciting twenty photographers to embark on a six week assignment to capture high-quality portrait photography of the restaurants, food, staff and diners that define the region’s dining scene.  Interested photographers can apply to be a part of RAMMYS IN FOCUS by registering online on or before January 1, 2015. Applicants will be given a stipend for materials to photograph a series of five restaurants and/or events in January and February 2015, submitting a minimum of 150 photographs per assignment.  Winning photographers will receive two tickets to the RAMMYS, where their work will be recognized during a special presentation.  In addition, the photos will be included in a special gallery exhibition in summer 2015. 

“With RAMMYS IN FOCUS we hope to capture some of the truths about life in and around our area’s restaurants.  The industry today is exciting, it is hopeful, and at the same time full of all the stress and fire that comes with it,” said Kathy Hollinger, RAMW President and CEO.  “I think the exhibition will be a way to tell our members’ stories in a very personal way.” 

To learn more about RAMMYS IN FOCUS or the sponsoring organizations visit www.ramw.org orwww.fotodc.org.  Semi-finalists will be announced at the annual RAMMYS nominations event in March.

About RAMW

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is the regional trade association representing restaurants and the foodservice industry in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Established in 1920, RAMW is an advocate, resource and community for its members. The Association works to promote and sustain the growth and development of the industry while providing its members legislative and regulatory representation, marketing and small business support, programming and events. RAMW strives to serve its members with professionalism and integrity, and provide them the training, education and support they need to grow a successful business.

About FotoDC
Whether through fine art photography, photojournalism, or the work of emerging artists, FotoDC provides a dynamic, evocative, engaging experience for photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, area residents, and tens of thousands of viewers. Founded as FotoWeekDC in 2008, the weeklong photography festival initially attracted 20,000 participants; including professional and amateur photographers, photography lovers, and partners such as National Geographic, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, and various local art galleries. In 2009, the organization received non-profit status and began developing programs to include professional development and new exhibition venues. In response to demand for year-round programming, FotoWeek DC rebranded in 2011 to become FotoDC, and launched new programs to provide greater exposure for all photographers, new venues for exhibitions and new programs for students and youth. The annual Festival in November continues to be FotoDC’s largest project with over 40,000 attendees each year.



Crystal City FotoWalk - View the recently installed 2014 Cherry Blossom Contest winners, judge's favorites, and FotoDC selects at the Crystal City FotoWalk Underground. A total of 148 images will be up through November! Thanks to our sponsors: Crystal City Improvement District and Vornado. 

2014 Winner Profiles - Get to know the winners of the 2014 Cherry Blossom, Spirit of DC, and Spirit of Funk. Our partner, B.Y.T. interviewed this year's winners and highlighted their tips for great photography. Congratulations again to our 9 winners: 

1st Place Oliver Szeto
2nd Place Kevin Miller
3rd Place Michael Kandel

1st Place Seth Rubin
2nd Place Insana Collins

3rd Place Beamie Young

1st Place Eli Meir Kaplan
2nd Place Seth Rubin
3rd Place David Scavone


#WorldFightsAIDS Photo Contest
Deadline August 11:
PhotoPhilanthropy and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) are excited to announce the World Fights AIDS Photo  Contest on Instagram. They are seeking photos from across the globe that resonate with the mission of EGPAF, the global leader in the fight to end AIDS.
Your assignment: Every community across the world has at least one unsung hero or grassroots organization working to eradicate this epidemic or ease the suffering of those who live with it. Share a photograph on Instagram of a group or individual in your community who is fighting against HIV/AIDS. The winning photographer will receive the Grand Prize of $1,000 USD.



AuthorMegan Podeszwa





1st Oliver Szeto 
2nd Kevin Miller
3rd Mike Kandel

1st Eli Meir Kaplan
2nd Seth Rubin
3rd David Cavone

1st Seth Rubin

2nd Insana Collins
3rd Beamie Young 

We'd like to thank our judges E. Brady Robinson, Allen Russ, Tim Cripps, and Jon Lee from HUGE for their time and hard work on selecting the winners and favorites!


If you missed the opening of Snapped at The W Hotel, its a must see and the exhibit will be on show in the W’s Living Room lounge through May 20th. 



FolioLink - "72 Grams Per Pixel" is a group exhibition by seven fine art photographers many with ties to the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The title playfully indicates the idea behind the exhibition to explore photographic images using a variety of mediums including prints, hand-made photo books, table-prints and a newly developed multi-screen display system. The gallery show is sponsored by ISProductions, the publisher of the popular FolioLink website service for artists and photographers.

National Press Club - Marc Levoy, VMware Founders Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, will speak on Google Glass and the Future of Photography at the National Press Club at Noon, Monday, May 12th. Levoy teaches computer graphics, digital photography, and the science of art at Stanford. He's also been involved in many projects at Google (including Google Street View and the Google book scanner). He took a leave of absence from Stanford in 2011-13 to pursue work at Google, including on Google Glass.  Levoy is also an accomplished photographer. Speaking as an individual and not a representative of Google, he will talk about Google Glass and the Future of Photography. REGISTER NOW!

AuthorMegan Podeszwa
  • FotoWeek 2013 - The 2013 Festival was a great success with over 100 events throughout the region! Thank you to our partners, sponsors, presenters, reviewers, participating photographers and all those who attended the Festival.
  • Check us out! - Stay up to date with FotoDC through TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and more for the latest announcements including special events and upcoming competitions in 2014.

    FotoNews will return in the New Year with fresh content and exciting programs. Thank for your support and we wish you a happy holiday season!

    -- The FotoDC Team

AuthorMegan Podeszwa

October 23, 2012


Countdown: Less Than 3 Weeks Until FotoWeekDC 2012!

  • Pre-Festival Instagram Contest - Submit your best Instagram photos to our contest by November 7th -12pm EST for a chance to win Festival Passes, Seminars, Portfolio Reviews, and Launch Party tickets! Additionally, we have added a People's Choice Category, so get your followers to VOTE and we will select our favorite images and repost every few days. To see submissions, visit our contest page. Winning work will be shown at FotoWeekCentral during the Festival!
  • FotoWeekEDU Seminars & Portfolio Reviews - Take an all-day seminar Nov 10-13 and 15-17 with one of our leading presenters: Gerd Ludwig, Daniel Milnor, Mary Virginia Swanson, Brian Storm, VII Photographer Ed Kashi, Aline Smithson, Michael Melford, Tom Mangelsen, PDN 30: Alice Gabriner, Mark Mahaney & Rebecca Drobis moderated by Holly Hughes. Have your work reviewed at our Portfolio Reviewon Sunday, November 11.
  • Event Tickets and Festival Passes - We're closing in on FotoWeekDC and it's time to purchase your tickets! With the purchase of a ticket for the Benefit Launch Party (open bars, food, great music and great crowd) you will receive a free CD from DJ G-Flux (supplies may be limited)! Festival Passes give you exclusive access to the exhibitions and lectures throughout the week at FotoWeekCentral, our Festival Hub. On Saturday, November 17, join us at our Closing Party for one last hurrah (open bar, hot latin band, late bites)! Grab your tickets before they sell out!
  • FotoWeek by Night - Announcing exciting evening slideshow events during FotoWeek at Georgetown’s newest lounge, MalMaison, featuring projections and presentations...and an after party blast after the Goethe FotoBooks Exhibition opening on 11/14.

Click on an event below to purchase your tickets!

Sunday 11/11 - Slideluck Potshow 
Wednesday 11/14 - 'DISCOTECA' After Party @ Tropicalia
Thursday 11/15 - Uncover/Discover Photographers
Friday 11/ 16 - San Francisco’s Open Show

  • 2012 FotoWeekDC Youth Photo Contest - Congratulations to the winners of FotoWeekDC's Youth Contest and thanks to everyone who submitted their work! All Contest Winners will be shown at FotoWeekCentral during FotoWeek 2012. Please click here for the full list of our winners on our website. 
  • Volunteer Opportunity! - Want a chance to be a part of creating FotoWeekDC's Festival? We are looking for passionate and reliable volunteers to help us bring together our big week! You can assist during Portfolio Reviews, Seminars, the Opening/Closing parties and at various venues throughout the week. Click here to register as a volunteer - and thank you! 
  • Check us out! - Stay updated with us through our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and more for the latest announcements including giveaways, special events, and Festival prizes as we approach FotoWeekDC.



Free FotoWeekDC Presentation Adobe Photographer Peter Krogh will be holding aFREE Lightroom Presentation on Saturday November 10th from 12pm-1:30pm. The lecture, entitled "Lightroom 4 -- An Important Tool for Today's Photographer," and will focus on how to streamline the import process, create a simple organizational structure, and how to add stylistic effects to your images. Special thanks to Adobe for sponsoring this event!

Documentary Photography Workshops with Nancy Libson - Photographer Nancy Libson is holding an one-day workshop documenting Dupont Circle with a Camera! The workshop is for photographers of all levels. Class will cover composition, light, historic architecture, street scenes and more while learning how to create a photographic story. Click here to register.

Call for Submissions: Slideluck Potshow - In collaboration with FotoWeekDC, Slideluck Potshow is now seeking cohesive, creative, and thought-provoking submissions! The final product will be shown at Malmaison, a new restaurant/bar that includes an arts space located in Georgetown (tickets available here). The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 1st, 12am EST. 



Congratulations to all of our Youth Contest Winners, who will be shown at FotoWeekDC! Full list of winners is available here.

  • Best in Show - Ann Nguyen (see image above!)
  • First Place Winners -  Oliver Hayman, Olivia Leigh, Luwam Tesfay, Shae Dempsey, Chloe Morgan, Ella Burroughs, Sarah Greisdorf, Danielle Saman, Tristan Colaizzi, Karar Shah, Emillie McCulloch, Kate McDonough, Cheyenne Bartolomei
  • Honorable Mentions - Tyler Palmeter, Andrew Liddle, Samantha McClain, Julia Keane, Ying Nho, Ella Burroughs, William B. Heinsen, Madeleine Andrews, Evan Dempsey, Shae Dempsy, Kevin Hacker


AuthorMegan Podeszwa

September 24, 2013


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The Pulitzer Center Film Festival ends this Thursday! Be sure to check out their films & talks taking place at the West End Cinema (2301 M st. NW).

The National Museum of African Artpresents Through the Lens of Roger Ballen. The exhibit shows Roger Ballen's black and white film images of rural Afrikaners and "outsiders" in South Africa. A free exhibit on view through February 9, 2014.

The American University Museum has a great exhibit going on - Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Artdonated by Donald Rothfeld, on view through October 20, 2013. Selections from the extensive collection chronicle Israel’s history and include the work of numerous prominent and emerging Israeli artists, including Uri Aran, Yael Bartana, Tsibi Geva, Moshe Kupferman, Siglat Landau, Elad Lassry, and Michal Rovner.



One of our Interns from last year, Sarah Robertson, was recently featured in the blog Develop & Fix, for her photography from her time in DC. We're so proud, Congrats Sarah!

ExposedDC editor and local photographer, Meaghan Gay, posted an article about Angela Kleis' photography. Angela's work can be viewed at the Adah Rose Gallery and at ArtDC Gallery's current show#WeTweetArt, which is up through this Sunday.

FotoDC is looking for Fall interns! If you are interested in being part of the preparations for the FotoWeekDC 2013 festival and are able to intern approximately 15 - 20 hours a week send us your resume to info@fotoweekdc.org. 

AuthorMegan Podeszwa