NightGallery Exhibition: 100 Portraits – 100 Photographers

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