Wow. This is the best image I saw from the lunar spectacular—it’s a beautiful photograph. Photographer, Kaitlin Jencso, uses the whole frame to create a solemn moment. It’s more than just the moon. No, it’s not the actual eclipse but it captures essence of the gatherings I’ve seen on social media—people waiting for a rare event.
You hear that warning klaxon? It’s reminding you that tomorrow is your final chance to see the 2015 Exposed DC Photography Show! So run, don’t walk to Capital Fringe HQ at 1358 Florida Ave NE this Saturday, April 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. for our closing reception. There’s no charge to come in and spend some time with these 42 fabulous local photographs, alongside the Exposed team and many of the photographers themselves! Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar, so we hope you’ll stop by for a visit. The photos are for sale at the reception, or via our online marketplace through April 11. And while you’re at the reception you can nab a copy of our official exhibition program for $10, or order it online here.
And now here’s this week’s round-up of photography-related tidbits:
- Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know the cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom this Saturday through next Tuesday. The Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is Saturday, and there are a ton more events to partake in and photograph. If you’re not up for the crowds at the Tidal Basin, get the Cherry Picker app from the National Journal to find a tree near you, or head straight to my favorite spots Dumbarton Oaks or Kenwood.
- Congrats to photography-centered gallery Vivid Solutions, and its partner gallery, Honfleur (which hosted one of our most fun photography exhibits with local fashion designers in 2009) for winning Washington City Paper’s Staff Pick for “Best One-Two Gallery Punch.“
- The Fairfax County Parks Authority has finally agreed on a new photography permit policy which cuts fees, but which fails to address many other concerns voiced by photographers, according to Kat Forder.
- Momenta Workshops is now on Instagram: @momentaworkshops
- The Creative Media Institute offers a four-week seminar over the summer for photographers and videographers.
- Barb Peacock spent 33 years capturing the subtle changes in her small New England town.
- Madge Stager, who was a photo editor for the Associated Press for 40 years before she retired in 2009, died Monday at the age of 61.
- “I have an anecdote for you,” said Elliott Erwitt. “I was hired to do a fashion shoot with a monkey. And the monkey was supposed to ape the same movements as the model. I discovered that my day rate was $250 a day. And the monkey’s day rate was $350 a day. This is a true story.”
- Apple is killing off its iPhoto program and has begun replacing it with the new Photos app.
- Photo blog It’s Just Light advises you on which waterproof cameras to get for your summer snorkeling trips.
- “This is what happens when you leave a GoPro out on the sea ice.” Or: scenes from a nightmare penguin dentistry school.
- A pretty incredible Astronomy Picture of the Day of the April 4 lunar eclipse over the Golden Gate Bridge.
- A heartwarming story of a polar bear and his snowball. Play first, then sleep.
This week’s exciting fare includes developments in Calumet’s bankruptcy case, lunar eclipse photo ops, the death of the White House selfie, and the announcement of an enormous photo exhibition space.
- In huge museum news, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced Wednesday “the creation of the John and Lisa Pritzker Center for Photography, which will be the largest exhibition space for photography and among the most advanced photographic arts centers of any art museum in the United States.“
- 100 photographs taken by Irving Penn have been donated to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by his foundation. They’ll go on display in a retrospective opening in 2015.
- Local photographer Susana Raab is documenting life East of the River: “Hidden behind the public face of its great monuments and political imbroglios, lies another Washington which situates the District of Columbia as the United States’ poorest state, second only to Mississippi.” This work can be seen on her website, as well as in a photo gallery on POLITICO.
- Is there hope for a return of Calumet Photographic? Possibly. CalPhotoUS is buying up some of their assets, but there is no word yet on whether any stores will reopen.
- Stars and Stripes has excellent photographs in their Military Photographer of the Year awards. You know you are in for some lovely images when the first of the series resembles the Pieta.
- It is not too late to use this, but you should act fast. A Photographer’s Guide to the Cherry Blossoms, including locations that are not on the National Mall by Kat Forder.
- Photographer Robert Dawson has been photographing public libraries across America for 18 years, and has released a book of the images. The photographs say so much about our culture.
- Tickets are now available to the opening reception of Critical Exposure’s 9th annual exhibit of youth photography. The event is May 21, from 6:00-8:30pm.
- Smithsonian Magazine announced the winners of their 11th annual photo contest.
- On April 15 the tax man and the moon man will collide in a lunar eclipse. If you’re going to photograph it, check out our Night Sky Photography for Beginners guide.
- “If you’re modeling light settings and defining the meter readings about a balanced image against white skin, the contours and shape of a white face, you’ve immediately erased 70% of the world’s population.” Interesting analysis of the racial bias built into camera and film technology.
- Photographers – the industry may be shrinking, but know that you can always find work as a meerkat lookout post.
- Photos of some the dogs Michel Vick owned and tortured. These are among a handful of the dogs who have been rehabilitated, and are in loving homes.
- Oh Big Papi. You may be one of the greatest hitters of all time, but you may go down as the man who killed the White House selfie.
- Ectoplasm and spirit photography? We don’t know either, but the results are pretty cool.
- He may be Mr. Spock to most of us, but Leonard Nimoy is also a photographer.
- The InFocus Project, based in Montgomery County, brought their autistic adult students to the Tidal Basin this week to photograph the cherry blossoms. You can see their work on their website.
- The Library of Congress celebrated Eadweard Muybridge’s birthday yesterday, and showed off the work of the early photographer.
- Public “surprised” at the sight of a tiger being walked on a rope leash in Xuzhou, China. We might have chosen a different word.