A few updates & a see you next year!

November 29, 2010 10:35 pm

Phew! It took us a couple weeks to recover from FotoWeek 2010! All the workshops, seminars, exhibits, openings, receptions, discussions, projections, and other events totally wiped us out but was so much fun.

For those of you who pulled an all-nighter for NightVisions 2010, your prints are now available for pickup during normal business hours at Dodge-Chrome’s Palisades location through the end of 2010. The evening was a great success in no small part to Palladium sponsor Mac Business Solutions, with special thanks to Sonny Tohan and Claudio Fernandez. Please visit Dodge-Chrome Palisades during regular business hours and/or contact them directly to confirm their extended holiday hours.

Dodge-Chrome Palisades/MacArthur Blvd
4885 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007
Client support hours: 9am – 7pm, M-F; 9am-5pm, Sat.
tel: 202-333-3270

We hope you all learned something new, met new people, found inspiration and discovered new artists, and we hope to see you next year!

Special thanks to my blog assistant Kerrin Kastorf who interviewed gallery directors and award winners and wrote many of the gallery previews and photographer bios. This blog would not have been possible without her help!

We hope you have a great year! Good luck with your own photography and we’ll see you in 2011.

-Angela Kleis

Day 8: You can rest tomorrow edition

November 13, 2010 9:53 am

With so much going on today, we can’t possibly list them all here and make it out in time for such a full schedule (adding links takes a lot of time!), so here’s the fastest run-down I can pull together of the last day of FotoWeek, happening right now – today - Saturday, November 13:

9 Lectures:

  • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Lecture – This Could Be the Most Important Seminar of Your Career (Freligh, Ewing, Jenkins, Rose, Harrington & Lutzky)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Lecture – Session 1 – Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost
  • 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Lecture – Session II: Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Lecture – Lana Wong: The Shootback Story: A Decade of Youth Photography in the Nairobi Slums
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Lecture – John Harrington: Photographs from the Edge of Reality – True Stories from Around the World and Lessons Learned Along the Way
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Artist Talk – Gabriela Bulisova -The Option of Last Resort: Iraqi Refugees in the United States
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Lecture – Leena Jayaswal: Photographing India
  • 4:00 PM, Lecture – Photography at the Corcoran
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Lecture – Regis Lefebure: Exploring Speed and Light

3 Workshops:

  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Workshop – Cyanotype Workshop
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Workshop – It’s a Snap! Community Photos Transformed
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Interactive Workshop: ARKive: Where Endangered Species Come Alive! (Northeast Library)

3 NightGallery Projections:

  • 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM, Projection – Arlington’s 2nd Annual FotoWeek Projection
  • 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Dancer, Jordan, Ryuji Yamaguchi (2010)- Installation by Claire Scoville
  • 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, NightGallery @ House of Sweden

2 Openings & Receptions:

  • 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Opening Reception – Recent/Past – Near/Far: The International Photography of Rachel Eisley
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Reception – Gabriela Bulisova – The Option of Last Resort: Iraqi Refugees in the United States

And, one hell of a well-deserved closing party:

-We’ll see you there, right? Find out who won the Mobile Phone Contest, have a few drinks, share stories about the week, and make new friends.

Besides, it’s a beautiful November Saturday. You can sleep tomorrow.

-Angela Kleis


November 12, 2010 7:12 pm

People – there’s no reason to panic!!  There are still 6 hours to submit your entries to FotoWeek’s Mobile Phone Contest!  With a theme of “Picture the Potomac”, as long as that body of water is in there, anything goes.

So, scroll through your photos, find those cherry blossoms at the tidal basin, the Jefferson Memorial at dusk, fireworks and the memorial bridge, airplanes over the water at Gravely Point – you get the picture!  (That pun was totally intended…)  Upload photos directly from your phone.  It doesn’t get much easier!  Entries will be judged on their unique approach to the theme, artistic composition, and technical quality.  Plus, there are some sweet prizes.

Did someone say Prizes?  Yes.

  • Grand prize will be $500 in cash, plus a FolioLink Pro Account, a professional portfolio website valued at $1500.
  • Projections! Winning images will be projected during the closing party at House of Sweden on November 13th, and at random throughout the week at FotoWeek DC’s Satellite Central, 3333 M Street, NW.
  • Online Exposure! Selected favorites will be looped on the festival website (www.FotoWeekDC.org)

Winners will be announced and projected at tomorrow night’s closing party at the House of Sweden.  (You should go ahead and get your tickets to that, too…)

Get all of the details right here!

-Angela Kleis

Meet our sponsors… Onomonomedia

November 11, 2010 7:51 pm

Who doesn’t love photobooths?! Fit as many of your friends in front of the camera and say cheese – act goofy now, laugh at yourself later! Or, just look up on the wall – if you were at the launch party at the Corcoran, no doubt you saw the giant projections of smiling faces and stood in the line for your own photobooth snapshot. Fun, huh? (Psst! You can view them all online: launch party and Dupont Circle!)

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Because our sponsors are such an important part of making FotoWeek DC a success, we like to highlight their contributions.

onomononoMEDIA is a digital media boutique that specializes in photo booth technology and custom built photo booth setups. We realize that the photo booth is an age old idea and we do not claim to be the first with the idea of having a photo booth at a party or special event but we have created something that is unique and innovative. The whole idea behind onomonoMEDIA was to create something that was beautiful and artistic while at the same time entertaining and fun. Our photo booth installations are custom designed and built to create a one of a kind experiences that provide our clients with stunning photo quality. People often tell us that our photo booths take the most flattering pictures they have seen of themselves. We are taking part of fotoweek dc to showcase the artistic beauty that our installations create while adding accessible entertainment for all who participate this year. – Dave Clark, onomonoMEDIA LLC

They even have a blog!

-Angela Kleis

Day 7: Woohoo it’s Friday!

7:25 pm

FotoWeek 2010 may be coming to a close, it’s certainly not winding down quite yet. It’s Friday, the last week day of FotoWeek, and many of you were off work today for Veteran’s Day, so hopefully you took advantage of that free day and stopped by a lecture or exhibit while out visiting memorials. And, if it didn’t occur to you that one strategically-scheduled vacation day would yield a four-day weekend, fake a sore throat and call in tomorrow. We’ll write you a note – no one will ever know. Promise!

Here’s what’s happening on Friday, November 12:

  • Today is the last day to submit images to Picture the Potomac: FotoWeek DC’s Mobile Phone Image Contest! The theme is Potomac River, so as long as that body of water is in there, anything goes! Did you snap a cell phone shot of the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin? -Perfect! Kayakers in the water this summer? -Great! Independence Day fireworks over the water? -You’re in! Just make sure those entries get in before midnight Friday to be eligible. The catch: entries must have been snapped in 2010, contain the Potomac River, and are submitted directly from your phone. Get all the details here. $3.99 per entry or 10 images for $30.00. Winners will be announced at the closing part Saturday night at the House of Sweden.
  • @Satellite Central

  • Special Event – Slideluck Potshow: home-cooking and a photo slideshow; $10 – Register.

@Other locations around the city

Day 6: We love pics!

November 10, 2010 4:22 pm

There are only a few days left of funtastic FotoWeek festivities so if you haven’t managed to see anything yet you still can! It’s not time to panic! Yet! Let’s take a look at what Thursday, November 11 has to offer:

@FotoWeek Central

@Other Locations

– Kerrin Kastorf

NightGallery Exhibition: 100 Portraits – 100 Photographers

2:17 pm

FotoWeek offers a lot of great opportunities to see photographs taken by photographers from all over the world but perhaps the easiest and most accessible is the NightGallery. From the FotoWeek DC website:

NightGallery illuminates the facades of significant Washington buildings with digital video projections…a dazzling array of images from our international awards competitions, exhibitions, and museum archives. Residents and visitors to the Nation’s Capital experience the city’s grandest architecture in exciting, challenging ways as ephemeral images come to life on some of the Washington’s most striking architecture…

…To reach the greatest range of viewers, the curated photographs will rotate through various projection locations. Viewers can obtain a program guide to the themes, times, and sites for each projection series.

NightGallery projections can be enjoyed at many locations throughout Washington, including the exteriors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Newseum, Holocaust Museum, American Red Cross, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Human Rights Campaign buildings.

One of the projections that is included in the NightGallery this year is 100 Portraits from Flak Photo. Andy Adams, the creator of FlakPhoto.com, teamed up with Larissa Leclair, of Indie Photobook Library, to gather 100 portraits by 100 photographers from the digital archives of the website. For the past four years Adams has been publishing the work of photographers from all over the globe so the collection of photographs they had to choose from was extensive. The goal of the exhibition, in the words of Adams, is to “feature 100 dynamic portraits from an exciting group of photographers in all stages of their careers and celebrate the role that a thriving online photo community plays in the discovery of artists in the Internet Era.”

FlakPhoto.com is an online art space + photo publication and the 100 Portraits — 100 Photographers projection is another manifestation of the site’s mission to promote the discovery of artists within the online community to global audience of people who are passionate about photography. Similarly, I’ve developed the Internet exhibition as a way to share this work with an international online audience, wherever they are in the world.

When Larissa approached me to produce this screening, she reminded me that after four years of daily photo updates, Flak Photo’s archive has become a kind of contemporary photo collection/digital archive with unique curatorial possibilities. We’ve spent a good deal of time revisiting the FlakPhoto.com archive in recent weeks. There are 1300+ images in the collection (four years of daily updates), which made for an interesting remote collaboration experience when we co-produced the projection by mining the Flak Photo gallery archive online over several video chat meetings using Skype and Google Docs. — Andy Adams

In order to allow the global photo community to experience the projection from anywhere in the world, Adams and Leclair have posted the exhibition online. And for those who want to see the projection as it was intended you can see images from the NightGallery in the Flak Photo Facebook gallery.

iPhone projection photos courtesy Larissa Leclair, Darius Himes, and Flak Photo.

100 Portraits can be seen as a part of NightGallery every night of FotoWeek at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from 6 to 11 p.m. It can also be seen at various locations as a part of Road Projections.

– Kerrin Kastorf