- Save the date for our next session of free photography classes with Knowledge Commons DC this November! Take lessons in food photography, street photography, Holga photography, and photographing airplanes from Gravelly Point. Learn more about it at our next monthly happy hour on November 10. Keep up with all our upcoming events (including the impending 10th anniversary photo contest and exhibition) with our newsletter.
- Artomatic 2015 opens tonight with a huge building full of photography and other art. This year’s location is in Hyattsville, a short walk from the New Carrollton metro stop.
- FotoWeekDC starts November 7. See the whole events calendar here.
- Dog photobombs couple’s engagement shoot in the best way possible: “He’s a show stopper.”
- Before her death at just 22 years old, Francesca Woodman became one of the most seductive and haunting photographers of all time.
- “But [Mayor Bowser’s] first major arts decision, and perhaps the one that will most profoundly affect culture in the District for years to come — is bizarre and unaccountable.”
- Magnum Photos has partnered with UN Women to present images on the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution that recognized the critical importance of women’s participation in peacemaking and peacebuilding.
- Carlos Barria photographed a person born in each year China’s one-child policy was in existence, from a man born in 1979 to baby Jin Yanxi born in 2014.
- The crazy world of flavorings, colorings, sweetners, preservatives, and thickeners — some of modern America’s favorite foods taken apart in a series of still-life images.
- The Atacama desert in Chile, the driest place on Earth, is awash in pink flowers after crazy El Nino rains.
- There’s a pumpkin in every pot for zoo animals this time of year.
Photographers around the world have been mourning the loss of legendary photojournalist and documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who died Monday. There are many tributes you should go read, starting with The Washington Post’s In Sight blog celebration of her life.
- As NPR says, these portraits of wounded soldiers are meant to be stared at.
- You’ve probably heard lots of moaning over this reminder by Richard Prince that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours. One of the “artworks” in his exhibit is a $90,000 print of a photo by alt-porn site Suicide Girls, who responded cleverly by making posters of his prints and selling them for $90. Founder Missy Suicide followed it up by doing an IAMA on reddit, which immediately turned into a free-for-all of redditors demanding explanation for the company’s use of questionable non-compete clauses on contracts for its models and photographers in its early days (she eventually left a lengthy answer in her original post). That’s quite enough of everyone being terrible for this week, thanks.
Women in Afghanistan can be incarcerated for shocking reasons. In the four years she spent visiting women’s prisons across the country, Gabriela Maj heard stories of women who’d suffered more than anyone she’d ever met. In her book, Almond Garden, Maj presents the stories of 50 of those women, alongside portraits she took after getting unprecedented access to the facilities where they live.
Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse have won the Deustche Börse photography prize for Ponte City, a study of an apartment block in Johannesburg.
On the edge of space: photographer Christopher Michel’s out-of-this-world selfie, 70,000 feet above the Earth.
What gets your dog’s heart racing? Nikon-Asia developed a camera to show you.
- We announced the winners of our 9th annual Exposed DC photo contest this week.
- Photographer Zhang Xiao explored 9,000 miles of China’s coastline and the photos are fantastic.
- Did you know that the work of Robert Frank lives right in our backyard? “The Robert Frank Collection at the National Gallery of Art is the largest repository of materials related to renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank“
- The FAA will permit drones for journalism, starting with CNN.
- The Library of Congress is celebrating the 7th birthday of their Flickr Commons account with a virtual game that let’s you explore it.
- “In deeply conservative Kabul, dozens of Afghans flock to the Oqab Paintball Club each week to to take their mind off decades of war.” Photos by Omar Sobhani.
- Photographer Danielle Guenther creates scenes depicting the beautiful chaos of parenting.
- The Women Photojournalists of Washington will be holding the Fourth Annual Photo Seminar and Portfolio Review On Valentine’s Day. Tickets are available now.
- An Autochrome exhibit at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa shows the early years of color photography.
- The movie Finding Vivian Maier was nominated for an Oscar in best documentary feature.
- After a lifetime of taking photos while dodging bullets, James Natchwey is going to receive the lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Magazine Editors.
- Dan Bannino has made amazing photos of shelter dogs dressed as writers. The writers span hundreds of years of history, but Bannino sadly only managed to find two women writers to emulate.
- Local photographer Keith Lane recently had his book Canals added to the bookstore at the International Center for Photography.
- The New York Times is trying to learn the history behind this Gordon Parks photograph of the Jim Crow South.
- The ultra-orthadox Israeli newspaper Hamevaser took out Angela Merkel and Anne Hidalgo from a photo of the march in Paris last week. “Binyamin Lipkin, editor of Hamevaser, said the newspaper is a family publication that must be suitable for all audiences, including young children.” Phew, we can imagine how the sight of the type of human that gave birth to you would be traumatizing for a child.
- “Karen Mullarkey is one of the most influential and respected picture editors of all time.” This two part interview is from last year, but well worth the read.
- AFP photographer Asif Hassan was shot and injured covering an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Pakistan.
- For all of the film lovers out there, Barbara Flueckiger, professor at the Institute of Cinema Studies, University of Zurich has put together a Timeline of Historical Film Colors.
- Andrea Bruce has a wonderful series in the New York Times called Revealing a Slowly Changing Cuba.
- And finally, two filmmakers captured high speed footage of a Siberian tiger being released to the wild.
This Sunday from 2-4 p.m., join us at the opening reception for the extended run of our InstantDC Fall Review show! The new venue for these beautiful photographs is BloomBars in Columbia Heights. Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news in the coming days about a new series of Exposed-sponsored photography classes with Knowledge Commons DC! While you’re salivating, here are this week’s links:
- FotoWeekDC kicks off tonight. Wondering what to pick from the overwhelming array of events and shows? Check our handy-dandy guide for recommendations.
- Alejandro Almaraz composites images of world leaders to examine how different nations view power.
- Bryan Adams’ heart-stopping images of wounded British soldiers.
- WIRED interviews Tatiana Gulenkina, one of our InstantDC Fall Review show selections.
- In case you needed a new idea for your nightmares: images of inside out teddy bears.
- Intimate images from the Golden Age of Silicon Valley from this book by photographer Doug Menuez.
- “I like the negotiation of street photography, which depends on quickly reading people, on trying to understand their house, their ark, their things, with only the slightest of visual clues.”
- Avid underworld explorer and photographer Brendan Marris has compiled iconic shots of the vast cave systems in the U.K.
- From outrageous uniforms to shoulder calluses: photographs of life in a marching band by Walter Pickering.
- A mesmerizing time lapse video of Paris by Yann Muncy.
- Shorpy has a cool photo from a Congressional baseball game from 1918.
- Carli Davidson, the photographer who made the dog photo book Shake, has a new book out called Shake Puppies. Cue the squee!
- A satellite photograph of New Zealand shows an almost perfectly circular park.
- A new portfolio site was launched in the U.K. to help photographers protect their copyright.
- An awesome AP photo of 2,000 sheep being led through the streets of Madrid.
- Point Defiance zoo in Tacoma, Washington has new photos of its rare Sumatran tiger cub triplets. Their three-week-old ears will slay you.
We’ll see you TONIGHT at Washington Artworks / Washington School of Photography for the big opening for our Exposed DC / InstantDC Fall Review! Come see 45 phenomenal images by D.C.-area photographers, including our fantastic prize-winners. Here’s how to get there. Then, join us next Tuesday at Brookland Pint for our monthly happy hour. And THEN sign up for one last free Knowledge Commons class taking photos of the airplanes at Gravelly Point on Saturday, October 11. Both the September classes got rained-out halfway through the session, so our teacher Chris Williams is generously offering one more class for new folks and anyone who didn’t get their fill in their half-session. Exposed DC has got you covered for all your photo event needs!
- Let’s start off Friday Links the right way, with amazing and very wet photos of dogs by Sophie Gamand.
- Terrifying photos of the surprising volcanic eruption in Japan.
- The American West offers a landscape fraught with potential cliche, but Lucas Foglia’s project Frontcountry cuts through popular conceptions and shows the reality of a rapidly transforming part of America.
- The African Art Museum is featuring the work of Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge. “As an official photographer to the Royal Court of the Benin, Alonge documented the rituals, pageantry, and regalia of the court for over a half-century.”
- In the first decades of the 1900s, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky traversed the length and breadth of the Russian Empire using a specially adapted railroad car as a darkroom, capturing its diverse, pre-revolution population in more than 10,000 full-color photographs.
The odd beauty of 60-year-old preserved brains from the Texas State Mental Hospital.
One of the “Outlaw Instagrammers” describes his experience climbing the tallest residential building in New York City. The 15-year old admitted that his mom was not impressed.
- Indigenous peoples have been documented before, but the results have often been patronizing, says Jimmy Nelson. So he traveled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style.
- A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art shows the work of Captain Linnaeus Tripe, and the images he made in India and Burma in the middle of the19th century. “Many of his pictures were the first photographs ever made of celebrated archaeological sites and monuments, ancient and contemporary religious and secular buildings — some now destroyed — as well as geological formations and landscape vistas.”
- Stunning aerials of Spanish landscapes in the fall by David Maisel.
- “Porcupines reek. Traer Scott found this out the hard way — the photographer’s way — crawling on the ground, lying on her stomach to encounter a porcupine family none too happy to see her.” Totally worth if for the resulting gorgeous, nocturnal animal photography.
- No Man’s Job is a documentary portrait series by Anthony Kurtz that sheds light on women doing the “dirty or tough jobs” performed primarily by men. First in the series, the female auto mechanics of Senegal.
- Photographer Marina Cano captures wild animals in their most unguarded moments. Tigers included, obviously.