FW Partner Spotlight: Katzen Arts Center

November 7, 2011 3:00 pm

Currently up at American U’s Katzen Arts Center is the exhibition Re-viewing Documentary: the Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam. On Nov. 9th, During FotoWeek, there will be a curators’ tour and book signing led by guest curators Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.

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We are delighted to participate in FOTOWEEK DC, which has become the most vibrant and dynamic photography forum in the District. The new Partner Page offers an invaluable opportunity for museums beyond the Mall to reach wide and diverse audiences for their exhibitions and public programs. The FOTOWEEK team members in their new Adams Morgan headquarters have been great to work with.” –Laura Katzman, Guest Curator, American University Museum

The exhibition showcases the work of Louise Rosskam, a less-known but prodigiously talented photographer from the golden age of American documentary photography. Works in the show include images of Southwest DC, which she documented while working for the Farm Security Administration during the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Some of these images were shot in color on Kodachrome, meaning you get the opportunity to see people and places from a vanished Washington. Also included in the exhibition are images of Puerto Rico as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth.

This exhibition has been positively reviewed by a number of sources, including two separate reviews in the Washington Post, so this is a show not to be missed. And if you’d like a bit of context with your images, be sure to make it to the curators’ tour and book signing. Anybody interested in great documentary photography or the history of the District will be sure to enjoy it. The event is free and parking is available at the Katzen.

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American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

 Re-Viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam
Through December 14, 2011
Curator’s Tour and Book Signing Wednesday November 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.


FW Partner Spotlight: Morton Fine Art

November 4, 2011 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


FotoWeek Focus: NightProjections

November 3, 2011 3:00 pm

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FotoWeek veterans will remember past years‘ nighttime displays of photographs projected on the sides of DC buildings. This year is no exception: NightProjections are back! Unlike past festivals, the images this year will be concentrated on one site: the South facade of GWU’s Lisner Auditorium.

Over three evenings, viewers will gather in Kogan Square for vivid photographs beginning November 7 with Infra, a series by Richard Mosse, sponsored by the Pulitzer Center. Mosse’s work explores the Eastern Congo’s devastating civil war, rendered in shocking, surreal imagery.

On November 8, the projections will feature a collection of work including photographs by Pete Longworth, Lucas Hueller, VII Photography Agency, Ibero American Photography, presented by the Embassy of Spain, and a multimedia piece by National Geographic, plus images by the 2011 FotoWeek Award Winners! This is your chance to check out the work from all the talented folks who won awards in this year’s international competition, so head on down and take a look.

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NightProjections concludes on November 9 with an exhibition of images related to the famine crisis in the horn of Africa presented by Chicago-based Art Works Projects.  All of these promise to be great exhibits full of compelling images, so clear off your evening calendar and head down to Lisner Auditorium to see one of FotoWeek’s most unique and exciting staples.  Dress warmly, pack a thermos of hot chocolate and maybe even a blanket, and settle in for this opportunity to see amazing work on a larger-than-life scale.

NightProjections at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium
Kogan Plaza at 21st & H Street, NW

November 7, 6 to 11 p.m.
November 8 & 9, 5 to 11 p.m..


FW Partner Spotlight: Watergate Gallery

November 2, 2011 8:23 pm

The Watergate Gallery is currently featuring an exhibition of photographs by Alexander Vasiljev. Vasiljev traveled to a remote part of the Amazonas Department in Peru to photograph landscapes and specifically the unique Wax Palm Forest. This forest contains some of the tallest palm trees in the world, reaching up to 200 feet high. This looks like a good show for all aficionados of exotic landscape and travel photography!

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FOTOWEEKDC has brought the art of photography to the awareness of many people and given Watergate Gallery a wonderful opportunity to showcase the work of Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev  in the last 3 years as he explores new subject matter.  I am pleased to have welcomed so many new people to the gallery who have come to see Sasha’s work after having read about Watergate Gallery’s exhibits on the FOTOWEEKDC webpage.   Thanks to Theo Adamstein for coming up with the brilliant idea of FOTOWEEK and for his hard work promoting it so that it has grown and taken on a new dimension over the years.” — Dale Johnson,  Watergate Gallery

This looks to be a vivid and atmospheric show from a FotoWeek veteran photographer and gallery! Those of you with a keen memory may recall Vasiljev’s photographs at Watergate Gallery during past FotoWeeks, in 2009 and 2010. In Mystify, he continues his exploration of landscape and nature’s luminous and ephemeral characteristics.

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Watergate Gallery
2552 Virginia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037

On view through November 30, 2011

Reception with the Artist Thursday, November 3, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist talk - Rainforest Photography, Wednesday, November 9, 6 p.m.


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.