FW Partner Spotlight: Gallery West

November 8, 2011 10:00 am

Gallery West, one of Northern Virginia’s oldest cooperative galleries, will be Celebrating the Photograph @ Gallery West, showcasing photography and related works from all of this cooperative gallery’s talented members, including those who are not photographers!

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Not all members of Gallery West are photographers, but all members use photographs in creating their work, whether they’re painters, sculptors, or jewelry artists. This show is a bit like pulling back the curtain on the creative process, giving visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at the many steps artists go through in producing a work or art. Gallery West is new to FotoWeekDC and we’re excited to be participating for the first time. Hopefully this will be the first of many years Gallery West is involved… By participating in this year’s FotoWeek DC event, we want to raise the gallery’s profile, to bring more people into Gallery west so they can get to know our award-winning artists.” – Susan Stayer, President, Gallery West

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Gallery West
1213 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Exhibition Dates:
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or by appointment


FW Partner Spotlight: ASPP DC/South Chapter

November 7, 2011 10:00 am

ASPP‘s (American Society of Picture Professionals) DC/South Chapter is presenting two events for FotoWeek this year, The Power of Photography and What’s Next? 2.0, both taking place at Artisphere, in Arlington, VA.

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In The Power of Photography,  world-renowned and award-winning National Geographic photographers Ira Block and David Doubilet share their passion for photography. Ira will share a few of his myriad lighting experiences, demonstrate the types of setups he uses, and show you creative ways to shed light on your subject. David will illustrate how he connects people to the sea to expose the incredible beauty and wrenching devastation happening in the invisible world below.

In What’s Next? 2.0, a panel of industry leaders and innovators will give prepared talks on issues relevant to the business of photography. The discussion will explore how to make it in the photo business as a photographer and picture professional. This one-day seminar will provide stimulating discussion, thought-provoking dialog, meaningful connections, and ideas worth investigating about the photography profession. Each presenter will cover a subject or idea each has experienced, proposed or discussed. Participants will learn, be inspired, and be motivated in discovering new methods, outlooks and opportunities.

1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22209

The Power of Photography
November 7, 2011, 6:30 t0 9:30 p.m.

What’s Next? 2.0
November 12, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets are $15.

Tickets for each event are $15 ($9 for seniors, students, and military).


FW Partner Spotlight: Instant DC

November 6, 2011 6:00 pm

On November 9th, come explore the growing world of mobile device photography at InstantDC’s 2nd Annual Mobile Photography exhibit. For all of you who can’t tear yourselves away from your iPhones, Androids, or other mobile devices, this is the show for you.

“InstantDC is very happy to be in partnership with FotoWeek DC this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great photography that is being created with mobile devices by artists from the local area. The images in the exhibit showcase that a photographic eye is what is required to create a piece of art, not an expensive camera… The conversation about what this means to the photography industry at large needs to take place, and this type of international exposure is a great starting point for that conversation.”
- James Campbell, Founder and Creative Director of InstantDC

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The exhibition showcases 50 works culled from a field of over 1500 images, so what you will see at this show is truly the best of the best. The event takes place at Interface Media Group from 6 to 9 p.m. on the November 9. You will need tickets, which you can get here. Come on down and see how the ubiquity of mobile phone cameras is altering the photographic landscape!

Interface Media Group
1233 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


FW Partner Spotlight: GU Art Aficionados

November 4, 2011 11:00 am

Head down to Georgetown University‘s Walsh Building on November 5th and support student artwork! In a State of Flux is an exhibition of photographic works by students from all academic disciplines, not only those studying fine art or art history. The exhibition is sponsored by GU Art Aficionados, a student organization at Georgetown University dedicated to creating artistic opportunities for students.

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The Georgetown University Art Aficionados are so excited to take part in FotoWeek DC for the third year in a row. FotoWeek provides one of the rare opportunities for students to showcase their work to the broader community. We love the variety of submissions we get – from students studying art and art history to those who have no formal background in photography. The diversity of student voices is always readily apparent in our show and makes for a dynamic exhibit. We feel lucky to partake in such an exciting event.” –Alexandra Crane, President, GU Art Aficionados

Despite the huge number of exhibits taking place during FotoWeek, very few of them include (let alone specifically showcase) the work of student photographers. That makes it all the more important that you turn out and support the work of these young artists at this critical stage in their development. The reception takes place on Saturday November 5 from 5 to 7 p.m, and is free and open to all.

GU Art Affocionados, Walsh Building 1F, Georgetown University
36th + Prospect Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20007

In A State of Flux
November 5 – 11, 2011

Opening reception – Saturday, November 5 from 5 to 7 p.m



FW Partner Spotlight: Morton Fine Art

9:00 am

Image: Kesha Bruce, That They Might Be Lovely, archival pigment print

FotoWeek alum Morton Fine Art (MFA) presents (Re)calling & (Re)telling, in which artist Kesha Bruce explores elements of the past by re-purposing various artifacts, including photographs taken by her grandfather during his years as a soldier during the Korean war. The series chronicles this period of her grandfather’s life, and eventual return home to Des Moines, Iowa, using his photographs along with images of other African Americans. Bruce combines these images with maps, drawings, and found documents to create compelling juxtapositions highlighting the mysteriousness of the past and the vivid, yet transitory, nature of memory.

Morton Fine Art is pleased to be participating in Fotoweek DC for the second year running. Fotoweek DC provides a wonderful opportunity to connect collectors and art enthusiasts with MFA’s fine art photographers. We had a full house for last year’s artist talk at the gallery and hope for the same this year.” -Amy Morton, Founder + Owner, Morton Fine Art

Reception & Artist Talk: November 5 at 2 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: November 5 – 13, 2011

Morton Fine Art [add FW Partner Page Link]
1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington DC, 20009


Sign Up For Portfolio Reviews!

November 3, 2011 9:50 pm

In 2008, I signed up for a Portfolio Review session because I had never had the opportunity to hear an unbiased review of my work before and was curious about a certain series I had been working on for several months.  FotoWeek also made it very easy.

My reviewer, photographer Connie Imboden, made helpful suggestions that I have implemented in my work ever since.  This type of impartial, unbiased feedback from a professional perspective was exactly what I was looking for.

Show your portfolio, get feedback or advice on its structure, seek marketing advice, or propose an illustrated article, photo essay, and book or exhibit idea from one of the photographic professionals during the next session of FotoWeek Portfolio Reviews at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design.

20 reviewers from institutions all over the United States, including major DC fixtures like the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, and The Washington Post. Be sure to take a look at the list of reviewers that includes info on their backgrounds and affiliations to determine the best fit for you, your work, and your goals. Also, be sure to carefully look over the guidelines on to make the best use of your reviewer’s time and of your own.

Each review is 20 minutes long and costs $75, or $45 for students. Sign up now because this is a hot opportunity and spots will fill up fast!

Portfolio Reviews
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Corcoran Museum and College of Art + Design
500 17th St, NW
Washington, DC 20006


FW Partner Spotlight: Heiner Contemporary

6:00 pm

Heiner Contemporary is one of DC’s newest contemporary art galleries and is new to FotoWeek this year! For the duration of the week long festival they will be exhibiting Fold + Fracture, an exhibition of photographs by Jon-Phillip Sheridan, a young, award-winning photographer who recently received his MFA from VCU School of the Arts. This series shows mundane objects and materials that are made more interesting by a process of folding, crumpling, and other physical manipulation, and then photographed, resulting in mysterious and ambiguous images that resemble landscapes and natural details.

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“As a visitor to FotoWeek DC festivals in the past, I was thrilled when Heiner Contemporary got the opportunity to participate this year as a partner. FotoWeek DC does an incredible job of promoting a greater exposure and appreciation of photography in our area and we are so proud to join them!” –Margaret Heiner, Founder, Heiner Contemporary

It’s good to see one of our new galleries delving into photography, especially since they’re showing a young, up-and-coming artist such as Sheridan. FotoWeek started as a locals-only event, and despite its expansion to an international scale, there’s still a strong commitment to showing the work of artists from this neck of the woods. So turn out and support Heiner Contemporary and Jon-Phillip Sheridan on Saturday November 5th for a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Fold + Fracture
Through November 12, 2011

Heiner Contemporary
1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007