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So, FOTOWEEK 2011 is here and as per usual, the amount of potentially quality programming within it is, well, overwhelming. To help you navigate the next seven days for optimized educational/fun purposes, we sat down with ourselves and Josh Cogan (a veteran of both the DC photo world and the FOTOweek experience and a member of our awesome panel next week) and picked some of our favorites.

Important things to know:

  • this year’s official FOTOWEEK central is being split between  The Corcoran and it will be the home for lectures, portfolio reviews and  FOTOWEEK Central (at 1800 L Street NW) which will host the FOTOWEEK library and movies, some great exhibits such as the all night long NightVisions, the popular Slideluck Potshow, an exhibition/party with Metro Collective soundscaped by Eric Hilton, our very own YOUNG @ HEART II photo show on Thursday, weekend lecture series, and more! So-if you’re going to spend the majority of your time in one place, these two are your best picks.
  • If you are kicking yourself for not applying to participate in this year’s programs, you still have a chance with NIGHT VISIONS, their during-the-week photo challenge
  • AND NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, make sure you check out the NIGHT GALLERIES, which will be illuminating the facades of some of the best DC buildings. This part is what I am, in particular, looking forward to this week: just walking around and being in awe of the photo surprises around every corner. (handy location map here)

Now, after you’ve partied it up TONIGHT, here are our day-by-day picks (the list below is a TEENY selection of programs, and does not include any portfolio reviews or workshops, so please make sure you leave your personal favorites in the comments)

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Fotoweek Central is hosting a series of lectures over the course of the first weekend, and for today, we recommend you make time for:

  • 11am: Bill Crandall –  ‘The Waiting Room – Photographs from Belarus (2000-2009)

WHILE YOU’RE THERE, CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING SHOWS:

  • Women Photojournalists of Washington November 05 2011 10:00 AM – November 13 2011 07:00 PM  FREE –  FotoWeek Central Washington, Northwest
  • Critical Exposure November 05 2011 12:00 AM – November 12 2011 12:00 AM   (FREE)- FotoWeek Central Washington, Northwest
  • Pulitzer Center – November 04 2011 10:00 PM – November 13 2011 19:00 PM   (FREE)-FotoWeek Central Washington, Northwest

SUNDAY

More lectures @ FOTOWEEK CENTRAL. We recommend:

  • 1pm  – Walter Calahan – ‘Innovation: The Myth of Thinking Outside the Box’
  • 4pm –  Leslie Thomas and James Whitlow Delano – ‘Can a Photo Change the World? Darfur, Congo, Burma and the Globe’
  • 5pm  – Val Proudkii – ‘Cuba: The Forbidden Island’

On the special events docket, save some room for:

The evening begins with a couple hours of mingling between artists and arts-appreciators while dining on the home-cooked delights of those who attend. Then the lights are dimmed, the crowd is hushed, and a spectacular slideshow commences. This slideshow will feature emerging and established DC-area photographers and artists along with a selection of international work.

MONDAY

Lectures:

Acclaimed American photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair presents a selection of images from her portfolio from the last decade. Sinclair will reveal how she got her start in photography and how her work has evolved over the past decade covering conflict and global social issues.

Night Projection:

  • Richard Mosse @ Pulitzer Center November 07 2011 06:00 PM – November 07 2011 11:00 PM   (FREE) 730 21st Street Northwest Washington, Northwest

Richard Mosse, a photojournalist cum fine art photographer known for challenging our tidy notions of the photojournalist’s role presents a new body of work, Infra, in a powerful night projection. His feverish and vivid imagery of Eastern Congo’s devastating civil war is shocking and complex, just like the conflict it seeks to understand.

Special Events:

An inspired gathering featuring projected stories, from world renowned iLCP photographers. Stories are powerful because they become experiences shared. Images, though motionless, move; though silent, they speak, and we are all gifted with a larger vision of the world. Storytelling is an art and an ever more important part of conservation photography. Being able to introduce an issue, set the scene, bring ideas to light and inspire people to effect change in 12 shots is not an easy feat. Storytelling is one of the main aspirations of iLCP photographers. BRINGING CONSERVATION INTO FOCUS. 12Shots @ FotoWeek DC will focus on past iLCP RAVE’s (Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition)More on RAVE:http://bit.ly/uQT9pm iLCP’s 12Shot evenings bring together a series of photographic compilations, each consisting of twelve images by one photographer focused on a single storyline, is projected. Inspiring people to effect change is not an easy feat, 12Shots shows how it can be done. Sponsored by Sony.

Hosted by The DC Chapter of American Society of Picture Professionals, an evening with two world-renowned and award-winning National Geographic photographers. Individual tickets $15; tickets to both the Nov 7 and Nov 12 events available for $27.

TUESDAY

There doesn’t appear to be any extra special special events or lectures so you this occasion to check out this show:

  • LOVELIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD Embassy of Finland hours: 10am-4pm, 3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, Northwest

WEDNESDAY

SHOWS:

  • “7.4.11” @ Carroll Square Gallery September 09 2011 08:00 AM – November 18 2011 06:00 PM   FREE  975 F Street NW Washington DC, Northwest

“7.4.11” documents the various ways in which diverse groups of people commemorated this year’s July 4th holiday. Viewers are given the opportunity to observe common American traditions and to reflect on the emotional impact of patriotism. One’s interpretations of such imagery often change based on the political climate, and have certainly forever been shifted given events in recent history. “7.4.11” includes photographs by the photojournalists of Facing Change: Documenting America, a non-profit collective of acclaimed photojournalists and writers coming together to document the critical issues facing America. Photographers in the exhibition include: David Burnett, Debbie Flemming Caffery, Alan Chin, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Andrew Lichtenstein, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Lucian Perkins, and Anthony Suau. This exhibition is sponsored by Akridge and Seaton Benkowski & Partners in collaboration with Hemphill Fine Arts.

Lectures:

Co-sponsored with the Mexican Cultural Institute. Conversación represents a yearlong visual exchange between artists Muriel Hasbun and Pablo Ortiz Monasterio. In a game of looking and response, Hasbun, based in Washington, D.C., and Ortiz Monasterio, residing in Mexico City, allow us into their conversation about Mexico, about photographic discourse, and about friendship. The artists discuss the process of shaping this dialogue into a body of work, which will be exhibited at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. November 9th, 2011 to February 2012.

  • A Cooperative Approach to Photojournalism: LUCEO Images @ American University School of Communication November 09 2011 18:30 – November 09 2011 20:30   FREE Weschler Theater, American University MGC 3rd Floor , Washington, Northwest

In 2010, The New York Times LENS Blog highlighted LUCEO Images as a new model for photojournalism. Matt Eich, a founding member of LUCEO Images, will speak about the cooperative and present photographs from LUCEO’s archives as well his personal work. His clients include National Geographic, GQ, Esquire, Newsweek, Mother Jones, TIME, Harper’s, The FADER, Smithsonian, More, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Businessweek, US News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Apple and others. In 2009 Matt won POYi’s Community Awareness Award, The Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award, was a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant and was selected for the 16th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2010 he was awarded the HCP Juried Fellowship at the Houston Center For Photography, a 2nd place in POYi 67, was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and received the F25 Award for Concerned Photography and the National Geographic Innovation in Storytelling Grant. Proudly sponsored by The Center for Social Media at American University and the School of Communication Photography Concentration.

THURSDAY

FIRST AND FOREMOST!

Over the course of four years, the dedicated and diverse BYT photo staff has applied their unique points of view to capturing the young at heart of Washington DC in both work and play mode. With an archive that at last count included 108, 602 photos (and growing every day) there is no stone unturned when it comes to music, art, dancing or romancing in these photos. We are excited to invite you for our second annual FOTOWEEK show to see a couple hundred of our favorite shots of 2011 which feature celebrities, our city and probably me, you and everyone we know. This is not the event photography you’ve come to expect, this is something special. Looking forward to seeing you on the 10th.

then also:

  • Photographer Iris Janke in Dialogue with Corcoran School of Art Alumna Sara J. Winston and Fine Arts Major Kaitlin Jencso @ Goethe-Institut November 10 2011 09:00 AM – February 03 2012 03:00 PM   FREE  812 7th St. NW Washington, Northwest

Iris Janke has made her own life the subject of her photography, offering it up to public view. Her work treads a fine line between reflection and intuition, between control and chance. From innumerable scenes and events she daily records in her visual diary, she must select those images that have the strongest narrative power, that reveal underlying structures and establish connections. Telling something about your own life in the medium of photography is difficult if you want to do more than simply talk about yourself.

  • Embassy of Spain, November 10 2011 10:00 AM – February 04 2012 06:00 PM   FREE  Mexican Cultural Institute Washington, DC, Northwest

A visual journey through the last four decades in Spain and Europe guided by an icon of photojournalism. Jordi Socías (Barcelona, 1945) is one of the key names of the evolution of Spanish photojournalism in the last decades. Its personal style is also an essential element of the layout of the history of Spanish photography, a style that moves away from the objectivity deemed inherent in photography and which becomes aware of its own subjective representation nature. The most important figures and events of the country’s modern history have posed for him, building, through images, a fascinating tale of life since the ‘70’s, when he started his career, until now. At the Mexican Cultural Institute FREE ADMISSION Gallery Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday to Friday | 12:00 – 4:00 pm Saturday

FRIDAY

This extraordinary happening – photographic images by Metro Collective, curated by Barcelona’s Claudi Carreras, with a live soundscape by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and live image/video mixing by Robin Bell – will illuminate FotoWeek DC Central on 11-11-11, from 8-11pm. Pre-show atmospherics by DJ Thomas Blondet of Eighteen Street Lounge, live post-show party set by The Funk Ark, a world funk ensemble, courtesy of ESL Music. Bar & spirits by Montserrat House.

SATURDAY

Stay tuned for closing party details!
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