- 7:00 p.m. today is the deadline for Leica Store DC’s third annual juried exhibit.
- The 2015 FotoWeek DC photo competition is open.
- Manipulation has become so rampant in the World Press Photo contest – it could not award a 3rd prize in sports last year because everything besides the first and second place winners had been disqualified – the organization is soliciting feedback on how to revise the rules and jurying procedures for the 2016 contest.
- Photography magazine PDN dedicated its entire September issue to women, inspiring the Washington Post’s In Sight blog to feature 10 photographers that their photo editors think you should know about, some of whom are featured in PDN’s issue.
- Radio station WNYC noticed a lack of stock photography that truly captured the complex nature of a New Yorker. So they created “35 Stock Photos of Real New Yorkers Doing Things.”
- Sometimes the best view in the house is from backstage. Klaus Frahm’s stark series “The Fourth Wall: Stages” offers an unusual perspective of empty theaters across Germany.
- At the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, black American cowboys are bucking the trend and riding for their forgotten legacy.
- Photographer accidentally lets loose a tiger during a photo shoot in Detroit.
- Polar bears frolic adorably in a field of pink flowers.
Have you signed up for our special Exposed DC sponsored week of free photography classes with Knowledge Commons DC? Most of our classes are waitlisted (you can still sign up and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up) but you can still get a seat to make your own camera obscura next Friday. And be sure to join us for our monthly happy hour — this time with the wonderful KCDC folks — at Iota in Clarendon on Monday, November 17. Find out how you can sign up or get involved with future KCDC sessions, meet the Exposed DC team, or just come have a drink with fellow photography lovers.
- This is the last weekend for FotoWeek DC, so be sure to check out our recommendations on what to see. We also have a review of the contest winners written by Caroline Space.
- Want tips on how to be a better photo assistant? APA DC is hosting a Photo Assistant workshop next week.
- Martin Schoeller discusses a selection of high profile shoots from his new book Portraits, including the story of pro skater Tony Hawk leaping from his kitchen counter at the crack of dawn and Quentin Tarantino apparently blissed out in a sea of doves.
- New Zealand freelance photographer Amos Chapple used a drone to photograph the Kremlin. What’s Russian for cojones?
- Photos from “Dark Tourism” sites around the world. That ought to bring you down.
- Italian “paparazzo” Umberto Pizzi says he photographs to tell stories, not to court celebrities. Alexa Keefe interviewed Pizzi for National Geographic.
- From geishas and waterfalls to the Berlin Wall and 9/11: How one photographer captured 60 years of historic images. Thomas Hoepker’s photos are collected in a retrospective called Wanderlust.
The first Hasselblad in space went on the auction block on Thursday. It fetched $275,000!
Speaking of cool space photos, did you see the first ever photo from the surface of a comet?
- And finally, add being presented with a white tiger to the list of Presidential perks.
The 7th annual FotoWeekDC photography festival launched Friday at its 2014 headquarters, the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence. The impressive house had a moderate crowd, deafening music, women handing out long-stem red roses—that soon littered radiators and the floor—and kaleidoscoping lights (you probably saw them all over Instagram).
The launch party featured a few formal exhibitions, along with the winners of their annual contest. FotoWeek has often relegated the contest and local content to an afterthought, so it’s not too much of a surprise to find the contest winners exhibited as such. The images were small and poorly printed, pasted onto black foam core and arranged in a grid. The elementary presentation gave the impression that they ran out of time to finish the installation. (Needless to say, they certainly weren’t meant to be seen during the party under dim colored strobe lights; the other exhibits stayed under gallery lighting.)
FotoWeekDC is upon us again, opening its seventh annual photography festival this Friday with a blow-out opening party at their new headquarters, the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence in Mount Pleasant. As always, there’s an overwhelming number of events, so we picked out a handful that we recommend making a priority. Got more worth recommending? Tell us in the comments.
(P.S. It’s not part of FotoWeek, but make time this Sunday for the opening of an extended run of our InstantDC Fall Review at Bloombars, from 2 to 4 p.m.)
FotoWeekDC just closed its sixth annual international photography festival last weekend. Like any large event that tries to be inclusive of an entire community, it has both lovers and haters. One common complaint – that it didn’t focus enough on local photography – was addressed this year with FotoNOMA, which hosted work from a number of D.C. groups like InstantDC and the STRATA Collective. No one can get to all the exhibits, lectures, and workshops that FotoWeekDC offers each year, so we asked some of you what your favorite – and least favorite – parts were:
I loved the whole FotoNOMA exhibition, but I think the women from WPOW had many strong images the invoked a lot emotion. And the Private Moon in America series from photographer Leonid Tishkov was brilliant! I also loved the images from the photographers from Strata Collective.