Dupont Circle 3, 2012, Photograph by Nancy Libson
FotoPartner Documentary Photography Workshops with Nancy Libson offers a unique 8-hour immersion workshop opportunity to explore Dupont Circle with your camera this Sunday, November 18.
We asked Nancy Libson about her workshops, how she got started, what she’s learned along the way about photographers and photography.
“The first stop is the wonderful and long-familiar tradition – Sunday farmer’s market – filled with seasonal fresh vegetables, Thanksgiving pies, colors of autumn, and crowds to fill lots of photos. We’ll explore the main streets and side streets of the neighborhood looking to capture “your” essence of the place! Before and after our photo shoot we’ll be indoors – learning tips and looking at slides before we head out – and, after we explore Dupont Circle, we’ll head back indoors to critique your work!
I am a documentary photographer and I’ve been teaching documentary photography workshops for about fifteen years. I love to teach others how to capture the essence of a place. My first workshop as teacher was on Tilghman Island when I was a newcomer to D.C.. I originally went out to do a photo story on the Tilghman Island Bridge that was being replaced and found the area to be quite special. After that initial visit I decided to hold classes on the island and over time I introduced well over 100 photographers to the area. Eventually, many Tilghman Islanders became my friends – the Island almost a second home. And the story repeats with other areas throughout the US, where I hold classes. The idea of exploration with my camera, the artistry involved, reaching out to others in a variety of meaningful ways, making a difference, and making connections is what moves me about photographing and teaching about a “place.” I also think that many others could feel this way.
In my opinion, although documentary photography has changed over time, this approach to photography is still around because there always will be a curiosity about other people and perhaps a desire to help be a part of change through images, whether you’re behind the camera or trying to understand the world a bit better by viewing the images of others.
Most of my classes are documentary in nature and they vary from daylong to a week. The location varies from DC to other unique and interesting places throughout the U.S.” – Nancy Libson
Dupont Circle 1, 2012, Photograph by Nancy Libson
Documenting Dupont Circle with a Camera
Sunday, November 18
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$105 per person
The class meets at 2737 Devonshire Place, NW, in the party room at Woodley Park Towers, located at the corner of Devonshire Place and Connecticut Avenue, NW.
To register, visit www.nancylibson.com or email Nancy directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also register at the time of class with check or cash, although please RSVP to make sure there’s still room in the class.
The success of FotoDC and the FotoWeekDC festival would not be possible without partnerships and the support of businesses and organizations throughout the area. These mutually-beneficial alliances offer opportunities to celebrate photography beyond the walls of FotoWeekCentral through exhibits and other events, as well as providing additional locations to expand the festival’s offerings. This year, the Goethe-Institut, located near the Chinatown neighborhood of Northwest D.C., has opened up their space to host the portfolio reviews, the FotoWeekEDU Seminar Series, and the FotoBook Award Winners.
To learn more about the Goethe-Institut and their involvement with the 2012 festival, we asked Norma Broadwater in the Institut’s Cultural Programs and Public Relations a few questions.
>> No stranger to the FotoWeekDC Festival, Goethe-Institut has participated for several years by hosting fantastic exhibits highlighting photography by German artists. How did the partnership this year with FotoWeekEDU come about?
Norma: FotoWeek approached us with the idea of a workshop series in our theater. One reason was that the size of our theater and the equipment it contains seemed a good fit for FotoWeek activities. In addition, there was interest in possibly including some German photographers. We then developed the idea to present the winners of one of the competitions in our gallery, as well as to have the portfolio reviews at Goethe. With this, we would like to foster the exchange between US and European photography.
>> How has involvement with FotoWeekDC influenced activities at Goethe-Institut with regard to visitor traffic? Has there been increased interest in the Institut’s exhibits and other events year-round?
Norma: With the announcements on the FotoWeek website and the resulting press coverage, we do get attention from new audiences, which includes both professionals and a general audience that does not normally know about our programs. This year, we are expecting full workshops, and we anticipate that the participants will come to additional exhibitions and other events here throughout the year. We’re also expecting an increased number of visitors to come to our FotoBook competition winners show, both participants and those interested in the results. And, we should see a number of artists coming the weekend of the portfolio reviews to have their work evaluated by experts.
>> Tell us about the photography coming out of Germany and how it compares with the work right here in Washington, D.C.?
Norma: With our long-standing cooperation with German photography institutions like C/O Berlin and gute aussichten, we like to give young photographers a platform to present their work, and hope that this establishes a chance for artistic exchange between Germany and the US. It’s always exciting to see how photography coming from Germany is responding to topics and trying new methods, and how that compares to work by young photographers in the U.S. We like to initiate a dialogue and discussions with local artists, as we did last year with a group show with C/O Berlin winner Iris Janke, who presented her works here alongside work by Corcoran College of Art + Design Fine Art Photography alumna Sara J. Winston and BFA Fine Art Photography candidate Kaitlin Jencso. Then, the audience can compare.
We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to explore more of Goethe-Institut’s programs – get started by looking through their events schedule listing from now through the end of the year.