Fotoweek 2012: A Quick Preview
svetlana | Nov 8, 2012 | 9:00AM |

assembled by: Rachel Pafe

Coming up on the art agenda: the 5th annual FotoWeekDC, a weeklong photography festival featuring 20,000 participants in both the main exhibition at the Warner as well as DC galleries opens this weekend with a big benefit show and more.

Important things to bear in mind:

Now, onto the nitty gritty:

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Friday 11/10
FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party @ FotoWeek Central
$45.00 / $60.00
To celebrate the 10th annual FotoWeekDC festival, FotoDC has partnered with Spain Arts & Culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute as the 2017 FotoWeekCentral Campus. FotoDC & BYT Present: FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party! Join us for an exciting evening of photography exhibitions, open bars, small bites, photobooths, music, and more spread across our two-campus FotoWeekCentral as we launch the 10th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival! The FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party is made possible with support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation Be among the first to view this year's exhibitions at our two-campus FotoWeekCentral: Magnum Photos Present: Magnum 70 at 70 An exhibition of 70 photographic icons celebrating the diversity of the Magnum Photos agency and how its photographers have born witness to major events of the last 70 years. Including seminal works by Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Martin Parr, and Christopher Anderson, the exhibition spans the globe and covers regional events such as Arab Spring, South Africa under apartheid, and the recent migration crisis. SPAIN arts & culture presents: Cislancerus A project by Thenesoya Martín De la Nuez and Aníbal Martel Cislanderus is cultural project that gives a face to the Canarian descendants in the US. The exhibition shows the faces, and also the voices, of the so called “isleños” from Delacroix Island, the descendants from Baton Rouge, Reggio and San Antonio, Texas. The visitor will delve deep into their work as fishermen and hunters, and discover the ways in which they fight on a daily basis to preserve an unprecedented historical and cultural legacy. FotoDC Presents: FotoWeekDC 2017 Contest Winners See all the winners from the FotoWeekDC 2015 photography contest, featuring both single and series winners in the Fine Art, Photojournalism, and Photographer's Choice categories. View the gallery of 2016 winners here. Also featuring the winners of our 2017 FotoDC:STYLE spring photo competition. Featuring hot jamz from: Ayes Cold & and more TBA! Croosh Deets: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 7:30pm-11pm @ FotoWeekCentral Since FotoWeekDC is celebrating our 10th anniversary bigger and better than ever, FotoWeekCentral will be spread across two campuses this year, @ SPAIN arts & culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! SPAIN arts & culture 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009 Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th St NW Washington DC 20009 Special $45 early bird tickets on sale now! Price goes up soon! This is a 21+ event There is no dress code! Support from SKYY Vodka Stay informed
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This year, for the first time, they are offering a paid pass. $5 includes: 101 Photos for Press Freedom – Reporters Without Borders/Magnum Photo Agency, 2012 FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition Winners, Global Goods / Local Costs – Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Work by PhotoPhilanthropy, Come Together – curated by Alison Zavos/Amanda Gorence (FeatureShoot), Looking at the Land – curated by Andy Adams/Flak Photo, 2012 Uncover/Discover – Regional Curated Exhibition Work by Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW), FotoBooks Display and 2012 Thumbnail Exhibition

Too stingy for a pass? Free exhibitions are going on at participating galleries all over DC. Here are some of the highlights.

Love your drag queens?

  • The Drag Illusion, October 31st to November 25th:
  • Touchstone Gallery, FREE
  • An exhibition featuring the photographs of Michael Lang. The artist explores his eight-month period documenting backstage antics of drag queens.

(photo by Michael Lang)

Kind of a contemplator?

  • Revisited: The Inconsistency of Being, October 31st to November 17th
  • Studio Gallery, FREE
  • This show invites ten photographers to reinterpret previous work. The gallery states that the show revolves around time, reinvention, disruption and evolution in order to let the present give past work new meaning.

Experiencing some serious wanderlust?

  • Joshua Cogan’s Tomorrow we Dissappear
  • Sixth and I Synagogue, one night only November 14th
  • In his fifth exhibit opening at Sixth & I, the Emmy award-winning photographer showcases a visual journey through India’s last colony of magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers as part of FotoWeekDC’s 2012 festival. Experience the last remnants of this culture born out of folk art and molded by poverty

photograph by Joshua Cogan

Cross-cultural curiosity?

  • Luces y Sombras, November 9th – March 2nd
  • Mexican Cultural Institute, FREE
  • An exhibition featuring fourteen American photographers who traveled to Mexico to explore the overlap between US and Mexican culture and history.
  • Opening Reception: November 9th, 6:30 pm

In for something edgy?

  • Transitional Bodies/ Cuerpos en Transición, FREE
  • Former residence of the Ambassador of Spain (2801 16th St NW)
  • A show featuring the work of 17 artists from Latin America, Portugal and Spain that challenges stereotypes and present “provocative, modern vanguard photography”.
  • Opening Reception: November 9th: 6:30-8:30 pm (RSVP Required)

Feeling transitional?

  • Upheaval, November 3rd – December 2nd
  • Target Gallery, FREE
  • A juried photography exhibition featuring various artists exploring the theme of upheaval in both a personal and international sense.
  • Opening Reception: November 8th, 6-9 pm: Drinks, live music, DIY button making, Fotobooth


  • An Exploration into Temporary Communities, November 1st – January 1st:
  • The American Institute of Architects Headquarters (AIA), FREE
  • Photographs by Max MacKenzie looking at international temporary shelters/structures.
  • Opening Reception: November 1st, 5-8 pm

Aspiring photographer looking for advice?

  • Portfolio Reviews, November 11th, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • The Goethe Institut, $75
  • Photographers of all levels have the chance to get their work reviewed by professionals from a wide variety of fields. Everyone gets 25 minutes with one or more of the reviewers

let us know what YOU’RE excited to see in the comments