FotoWeek Exhibit in the Crystal City Underground

November 1, 2011 12:00 pm

Earlier this year, FotoWeek DC transitioned to FotoDC to bring the celebration of photography to Washington, DC, year-round.  FotoDC is also about partnerships and the latest partnership was also one of FotoDC’s first:  Crystal City BID.

For three months beginning October 31, 2011, large-scale photographs selected from among past winners of the FotoWeek competitions, FLASH, and Cherry Blossom photo contests, and even favorite entries that did not win (and, have not yet been seen), will be featured in the Crystal City Metro.

“The winning images in the 2011 FotoWeek DC International Awards Competition have proven to be the most stimulating and evocative in the festival’s four year history. With over 5,600 submissions from 44 countries, the panel of judges had a challenging, yet rewarding task. Starting in November, Crystal City workers, residents, and guests will be able to see the winning photographs hung throughout the interior walkways of Crystal City. The Crystal City Fotoweek Exhibition will also host the winners of the Youth contest and the FotoDC Favorites that did not make the winner’s circle, but stood out for their content and composition.  In total there will be 84 Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions, 31 Youth Contest Winners, and 33 FotoDC Favorites.”
-Rob Mandle, Chief Operating Officer, Crystal City BID

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Located in the interior concourse of the Crystal City Metro station between the Crystal City Metro and the Crystal City Shops at 2100, the exhibit turns the interior concourse into a gallery space for the thousands of area residents, employees, and visitors who pass through the area daily, and add interest, intrigue and a great deal of conversation to an otherwise uninteresting though walk.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of April 2012, so be sure to stop by that way, and build enough time into your schedule to view each and every photo.


In The Gallery: Speaking to Silence

August 20, 2011 12:02 pm

The new FotoDC HQ debuted with a reception for the gallery’s current show, Speaking to Silence, on July 22 with over 900 visitors streaming through the space over the course of the evening.  The exhibit highlights humanitarian work from world-renowned photographers Marcus Bleasdale, Stephanie Sinclair and Platon, in a collaboration with the Pulizer Center for Crisis Reporting and Human Rights Watch.

Bleasdale, one of the world’s leading photographers, focuses on the repressed, exiled and often abandoned voices of civilians caught between warlords and armed rebel’s resource conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in his series Abandoned People/Abandoned Homes.  For over ten years, Bleasdale has worked to bring attention to the devastation the Rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has waged on the Congolese population since the mid-1980′s, using his photographs to influence global policy change.  This collection combines the evidence of life and community in ruin among lush landscapes and intimate portraits of those who abandoned their homes in search of refuge.

With a unique ability to access some of the most sensitive and human rights issues around the world, Sinclair, a regular contributor to National Geographic, explores the forbidden practice of child brides in the Middle East and Africa despite increasing international agreements to outlaw the tradition.  Her multimedia presentation Too Young to Wed, produced for the Pulitzer Center in association with National Geographic, is a call to action to protect the young girls forced into marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia.

Platon, a staff photographer for The New Yorker and regular contributor to Time and Rolling Stone, is known for his portraits of some of the world’s most famous people, including the photograph of Russian President Validmir Putin featured on the cover of Time‘s 2007 issue of “Person of the Year”.  In his first assignment with Human Rights Watch, Platon focuses on the heroic survivors and outspoken Burmese refugees living in Thailand.  His portrait series Exiled features exiled Burmese dissidents, like Ashin Issariya, who fled his country in late 2008 to escape arrest.

Stop by the gallery through the end of September to view all of the images within the Speaking to Silence collection.  The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.

-Angela Kleis with contributions by Miisha Nash.

We’re on a QUEST for your Fotos

January 25, 2011 9:33 pm

One of the first projects of the new FotoDC is FLASH – a month-long curated exhibit taking over two entire floors in Crystal City this spring.  This photo explosion will include the curated photography exhibition, an international show, micro galleries, FotoBooks, and more.   FotoDC is hunting for the most interesting, compelling work by Washington area photographers working in all genres, with two FREE ways to submit work – introducing FotoQUEST.  This is your chance to put your photographs in front of a team of art and photography professionals in person, by mail, or both.

  • In-Person Curator Assessments take place on Sunday, 6 February, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.
  • In-House FotoQuest will review your work from a disk.  Entries must be POSTMARKED by 7 February for consideration.

Sounds easy, right?

There are a few important details, so listen up:

Your portfolio must comprise a single body of work including 10-25 images.  In-Person sessions will last 10 minutes each, photos may be in either print or digital format, but you will need to also bring those images on a disk to leave with the curator.  Here are some handy tips to help you prepare for your one-on-one.

FotoQUEST reviews are free, but you must register in advance for both the In-Person review and the In-House evaluation (go ahead and do that now while you’re thinking about it!).

Photographers must be at least 18 years old.

Selected photographers will be notified by 23 February.  Photographers will be responsible for having their work printed, but FotoDC will take care of the mounting and installation.
That’s about it!  All the details you need to know are in the links above, so register, get your portfolio together, mail your disk, and show up for your in-person session a little early.  Good luck!


The Phillips Collection FW Exhibit

October 27, 2010 10:15 pm


As photography evolved from the early days of wet plates (ambrotypes and tintypes) to the dry plate process using a gelatin substrate, Pictorialism was born. This movement, beginning around 1885, expanded the possibilities of photography beyond the literal description of a subject and allowed photography to be a vehicle for personal expression rather than factual description. Photographers used soft focus, filters or coated lenses, darkroom manipulation, and specialized printing processes to create photographs emulating impressionist paintings of the time.

During FotoWeek, The Phillips Collection exhibits over 120 images from the pictorialist movement organized by George Eastman House and Vancouver Art Gallery. The exhibition, drawn from the George Eastman House Collections, chronicles pictorialism from its inception through its impact on photography today. TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945 makes its stop at The Phillips Collection, the last on the exhibition’s international tour, and includes prints made from single negatives in platinum, gum bichromate, and gelatin silver by photographers such as Alvin Landgon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, and Paul L. Anderson, which reveal how the printing process was a fundamental tool used for interpreting a subject and enhancing the aesthetic experience of it.

“From a 1949 bequest of Alfred Stieglitz’s Equivalents to recent gifts in contemporary photography from the Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, and other important photography acquisitions and exhibitions in-between, The Phillips Collection has a continuous commitment to collecting, studying, and presenting the best of the medium. We are very happy to have the opportunity to participate in a citywide celebration of the photograph and are enthusiastic partners of Fotoweek DC 2010!

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845–1945, our major fall exhibition organized by the George Eastman House, features the romantic, lyrical photographs of the pictorialists and coincides deliberately with Fotoweek, as does our complementary celebration of one of the movement’s great pioneers in Coburn and the Photographic Portfolio, highlighting a recent important gift to the Phillips. Mark your calendars for our November 4 Phillips after 5 including a turn-of-the-20th-century-themed celebration for Fotoweek DC with culture blog Readyset DC and the Phillips Contemporaries, a lecture by Coburn-expert Pamela Roberts, and a post party at Hillyer Art Space.” -Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection


The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW, Washington, DC

Exhibition Dates: October 9, 2010–January 9, 2011
Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays until
8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays

-Angela Kleis

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery FW Exhibit

7:50 pm

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a provocative social activist group, raise awareness for the LGBT community through the art of drag. Members of the international group assume the identities of 21st century nuns with one focus – “promulgating universal joy, expiating stigmatic guilt, and serving the community” – in street-performer style.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:Identity Writ Large

Photographs of the public/private identities of the members in the Sister’s Seattle chapter, taken by photographer Matthew Black, who has documented the group since 2007, will be on display during FotoWeek through November 13 at The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center. Black’s photographs capture the transformation between the various persona, leading the viewers to ask “who am I really?”.

We have been honored to take part in such a vibrant, expansive festival that attracts individuals who might not stumble upon our community gallery. FotoWeek DC offers us the exposure our show’s so deserve – see, “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Identity Writ Large,” and last year we were thrilled to be selected by Blake Gopnik of the Washington Post as one of the top FotoWeek DC shows to see. FotoWeek DC is a rare opportunity to experience DC’s best and we would not miss a chance to be a part of the amazing lineup! – Brooke Seidelmann, Director of The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center
1632 U St NW, Washington DC, 20009

FotoWeek DC Reception & Meet the Artist: Saturday, November 6, 7-9pm

Exhibition hours:
October 15 – November 5: W-F 11am–5pm, Sat 11am–3pm, and by appointment
Saturday, November 6: 11am – 5pm
Tuesday-Friday, November 9-12: Noon – 6pm
Saturday, November 13: 11am-5pm

-Angela Kleis

FotoBook Exhibit (more books to look forward to!)

October 12, 2010 7:53 pm

In Boksburg (1st Edition) by David Goldblatt, with Essays by Joanna Lehan, David Goldblatt, and Jeffrey Ladd. Edited by Errata Editions. 2010

Life is Good & Good for You in New York (1st Edition) by William Klein, with essays by Essays by William Klein, Max Kozloff, and Jeffrey Ladd. Edited by Ed Grazda. 2010

Toshi-e (Towards the City) by Yutaka Takanashi, with Essays by Essays by Gerry Badger, Gozo Yoshimasu, and Jeffrey Ladd. Translated by Yoko Sawada. 2010

Chili September 1973 (1st Edition) by Koen Wessing with Essays by Pauline Terreehorst and Jeffrey Ladd. Edited by Ed Grazda. 2010

All of the books listed above were published by Errata Editions, New York.

–Angela Kleis