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It’s time again for FotoWeek, DC’s biggest photography event of the year!

Here is our day-by-day guide to the photos, openings, and events going on the week of November 8-16 (+ the opening party is Nov 7th).


Now, with 100+ events happening, we know it can be a little overwhelming, but that is the beauty of it all. Some basics you need to know to make it through it all (mostly) alive:


Now, that we got all that out of the way, here is the programming to keep an eye out for:

Fotoweek & FotoBazaar Opening Parties


Now, obviously, there’s little point in having opening parties if there’s nothing to open for – and after these happen there is a veritable cavalcade of wonderful exhibits, talks, and yes, even more parties to look forward to. So, check these out:


EXHIBIT: The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (FOTOWEEK CENTRAL: Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence) – The combination of photos by Rob Hornstra and accompanying texts by Arnold van Bruggen has been in the works since 2007, telling the story of Sochi, Russia before, during, and after the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Courtesy of Aperture Foundation, first ever showing in DC.

Photo © Rob Hornstra, courtesy Flatland Gallery. From An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013)

Photo © Rob Hornstra, courtesy Flatland Gallery. From An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus (Aperture, 2013)

EXHIBIT: United States of Mind: Photography by Natalie Camou (FOTOWEEK CENTRAL: Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain) – This photo exhibit explores the immigrant experience in Spain and in America, seeking to disrupt the “good vs. bad immigrant” binary. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 12-8 pm / Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo by Natalie Camou

Photo by Natalie Camou

EXHIBIT: Some Uses of Photography: Four Washington Artists (American University Katzen Arts Center) – This exhibit features the work of four female artists, and explores the intricate patterns of relationships between the artist, the photo, and other visual art forms. Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.

EXHIBIT: Wall on Wall: An Outdoor Installation with Photos by Kai Wiedenhöfer (Goethe-Institut Washington) – Wiedenhöfer’s art, displayed on the exterior of the Goethe-Institut Washington, documents the use of walls as a political tactic, from the Berlin Wall to the US-Mexico border.

Photo by Kai Wiedenhöfer

Photo by Kai Wiedenhöfer

EXHIBIT: The Wall In Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall (Goethe-Institut Washington) – Accompanied by Wiedenhöfer’s outdoor exhibit, this photo series explores the Berlin Wall as viewed through the eyes of American photographers during the war.

EXHIBIT: From Darkroom to Digital (FOTOWEEK Central: Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain) – The kickoff show to Critical Exposure’s 10-year anniversary celebrates a decade of photography and youth advocacy.

Photo courtesy of Critical Exposure

Photo courtesy of Critical Exposure

EXHIBIT: Portraiture Now: Staging the Self (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery) – This exhibit features manipulated self portraits by a group of six contemporary US Latino artists. These portraits tell stories and are used as a map for the artists to discover themselves.

EXHIBIT: Matthew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery) – Brady’s extraordinary visual record of the Civil War featuring studio portraits of Union Generals runs through the end of May 2015.

EXHIBIT: Art Desks (Addison/Ripley Fine Art) – E. Brady Robinson’s photographs, accompanied by an essay by Andy Grundberg, is a new book from Daylight Books. Select photographs from this series will be displayed, documenting the workspaces of some of the most influential artists, curators, art dealers and collectors from New York to Miami.  A mission, which Robinson describes as “the desk as portrait combined with the social experiment of navigating the art world.”

Photo by E. Brady Robinson

Photo by E. Brady Robinson

EXHIBIT: Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery) – Large-format reproductions of photographs, maps, and drawings offer a look into the Washington, DC cityscape as it appeared during Lincoln’s presidency. This exhibit runs through January 2015.

EXHIBIT: White House News Photographers Association: The Eyes of History (Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence) – After a national tour, this exhibition returns to DC with its famed series of photographs from the white House, Capitol Hill, and other political arenas.


Photo courtesy of the WHNPA

EXHIBIT: Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art) –  The collection of historic photographs documents more than 50 years of the ritual, pageantry and regalia of the obas (kings), their wives and retainers. Alonge’s photographs reveal an unique insider’s view of the Benin royal family and court ceremonies, addressing issues of identity, nationhood and memory.

EXHIBIT: Indelible: the Platinum Photographs of Larry McNeil and Will Wilson (National Museum of the American Indian) – At the end of the 19th century, the platinum printing process began to appear in photography culture, especially in documenting photos of American Indians. McNeil and Wilson incorporate this technique into their modern work, emphasizing that American Indians, like the platinum print itself, have not vanished but instead remain indelible.

EXHIBIT: Roberto Bocci: Metrorail (Artisphere) – Bocci’s newest series documents life in the context of the DC Metrorail system. In addition to still photographs, Bocci experiments with stop-motion animation, panoramic shots, and experimental film.

Photo by Roberto Bocci

Photo by Roberto Bocci

EXHIBIT: Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips (Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery) – The photography in this collection was shot by Wendell Phillips’ archaeological expedition team as he uncovered secrets to the ancient cities of Timna and Marib.

EXHIBIT: Generic Art Solutions (Cross MacKenzie Gallery) – Collaborating artists based in New Orleans, Matt Vis and Tony Campbell practice as “Generic Art Solutions” and create photographs that reference well known artworks of historical significance.  The artists play every character in their performance based photographic work and the results are powerful political statements.

Photo by Matt Vis and Tony Campbell

Photo by Matt Vis and Tony Campbell

EXHIBIT: The Great Picture (Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center) – The 3,375-square-foot photograph of an abandoned El Toro Marine Corps air station in Southern California was taken by the largest pinhole camera in the world.

EXHIBIT: Joshua Yospyn: American Sequitur (Artisphere) – Yospyn’s book project explores what the artist calls the “gushing reservoir of irony, whimsy and pride in this country.” Through November 30 at Artisphere.

Photo by Joshua Yospyn

Photo by Joshua Yospyn


EXHIBIT: New Spanish Photography_Visions Beyond Borders (Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence) -An exhibition introducing fourteen Spanish artists that capture their visions of the urban and natural landscape beyond borders from a critical or emotional perspective.

EXHIBIT: Yassine El Mansouri: Observation001 (Artisphere) – The display of photographs known as “Phase 2” is a documentation of experimental art project “Phase 1,” which was conducted last August. Phase 1 examined the participants’ relationship to their respective wardrobes, by assembling their entire collection of clothes, which will be organized by the artist, on the floor of The Black Box underneath a camera mounted from the room’s ceiling.

Photo by Yassine El Mansouri

Photo by Yassine El Mansouri

Got all that? And you know where to check for ongoing updates? (HERE!) GREAT.



For the first time EVER, Fotoweek is showing two films dedicated to the art of photography, both being shown at Goethe Institut. Make sure to check them out here.

FILM/PANEL: Her Aim is True (3-6pm, Goethe-Institut) – This film tells the incredible story of Jini Dellaccio, the first woman photographer of rock ‘n’ roll in its early years. For the first time in 50 years, Dellaccio shares her story and stunning archive, reuniting with musicians and rock photographers for a riveting voyage tracing the roots of her avant-garde artistry and fearless life. Screening and discussion with filmmaker Karen Whitehead. Tickets are $11, purchase here. 

Photo courtesy of FOTODC
FILM/PANEL: Inside Out: The People’s Art Project (7-10pm Goethe-Institut) – INSIDE OUT is a powerful documentary tracking the evolution of the biggest participatory art project in the world, the wildly popular INSIDE OUT. Travel the globe with French artist JR as he motivates entire communities to define their most important causes with incredibly passionate displays of giant black and white portraits pasted in the street.  Film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the themes of photography and activism. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of INSIDE OUT

Now, for the day, by day EVENTS:

Thursday, November 6

EXHIBIT/EVENT: DC Urban Style Tribes Through History (6-9pm, W Washington, D.C. Hotel) – Start your FotoWeek off right with never-before-seen photos of stylish Washingtonians from the DC Public Library Archives. Specialty cocktails, music from area band Furniteur, and a BYT street style photobooth will be in attendance.

Friday, November 7

EVENT: FotoWeekDC Opening Party (7:30-11pm, Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain) – FotoDC and BYT present an exciting evening of photography, music, food, and more. Entertainment provided by Haerts, Pleasure Curses, and DJs Lisa Frank & Chris Nitti. Get a first look at some of this year’s most anticipated exhibits, such as The Eyes of History from the White House News Photographers Association, United States of Mind from SPAIN Arts & Culture, and the winners of the 2014 FotoWeek Photography Contest. Food will be provided by Farmers Fishers Bakers, grk, and KIND Snacks. Discount tickets are on sale for $45, and will increase to $55 the week of and $65 the day of.

EXHIBIT/OPENING: First Friday Opening Reception (6-9pm, Hillyer Art Space) – Three photography exhibitions mark their opening with this event. Christine Pearl’s Last Car Running is a series of black and white photographs documenting the demolition derby subculture of a rural, working-class America. Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.’s #reIMAGINE is a body of work focusing on the influence of technology and social media on contemporary art. The third exhibition, Visible Iceland, is a group project that combines photos from Icelandic and American artists. Guests can meet the artists at this event while enjoying drinks from The Bier Baron and Icelandic food from Whole Foods Market. FREE, $5 suggested donation.

Photo by Christine Pearl

Photo by Christine Pearl

EXHIBIT/OPENING: Photography @ Touchstone (6-8:30pm, Touchstone Gallery) – A reception celebrating the opening of Photography @ Touchstone, an exhibit featuring the varied work of six different photographers, Harvey Kupferberg, Mike Lang, Cathy Leaycraft, Rosemary Luckett, Pete McCutchen, Newton More, and Mary D. Ott. The display runs November 7-30.

Photo by Michael Lang

Photo by Michael Lang

Saturday, November 8

PHOTO TOUR: Your Shot Meetup DC (9:30am-12pm, National Geographic HQ) – Join National Geographic for a photo walk around our beautiful city. Participants will be guided by photographers from National Geographic and The Washington Post, and have a chance to meet other photographers while exploring different neighborhoods and exchanging photography tips and tricks. This event is free, but only open to members of Your Shot – click here to sign up and start your gallery in a matter of minutes. The Your Shot Meetup is currently sold out, but we encourage you to add your name to the waitlist.

FotoTalks @ Fotoweek Central (12-6pm) – Open to Public and included in the price of the Fotoweek Central donation, Saturday features talks by E.Brady Robinson (Noon), Bill Crandall (1pm), Josh Yospyn (2pm), Patrick White of GoodFight Media (4pm) and a Lomography workshop (5pm) Not just for photographers, the stories these people have should be fascinating to EVERYONE.


PHOTO TOUR: ICE-DC Open Photo Competition (10am-2pm, Former Franklin School) – The Institute for Contemporary Expression – DC (ICE-DC) invites photographers and Instagrammers on a tour of their future home, the former Franklin School. Participants will take photos of the “before” state of the building, and can submit them to be considered for an exhibition that will be displayed after renovation. FREE, register here.

PHOTO TOUR: Leica T Walking Tour (10am-12pm & 2-4pm, Leica Store DC) – Experience a complimentary introduction to the Leica T camera system and guided photo walk of downtown. Two sessions, one morning and one afternoon are being offered. FREE, sign up by RSVPing your time preference to [email protected]

EVENT: Artists’ Reception (6-9pm, American University Katzen Arts Center) – Join artists and curators for the opening of Katzen Art Center’s late fall exhibitions. Light refreshments will be served. FREE and open to the public.

EXHIBIT/OPENING: Frank Hallam Day’s “Launching Into Night” (7-9pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – Leica Store DC presents Hallam Day’s photographic series on artisanal fishing along the Atlantic coast of Ghana, where he spent several weeks among fishing communities there, documenting everything in the failing industry from boat building to the eventual shipment of smoked fish to parts of the country far from the sea.

Sunday, November 9

FotoTalks @ FotoWeek Central: Open to Public and included in the price of the Fotoweek Central donation, Saturday features talks by Frank Hallam Day (12), Roberto Bocci (1pm) and an 11 AM Lomography Workshop: Snapping Film Photography for Kids – A family-friendly workshop introducing kids (over the age of six) to the fascinating world of photography, lomography, and plastic cameras.

ARTIST TALK: Frank Hallam Day (3-5pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – Join Leica Store Washington DC for a talk from current Leica DC Gallery artist, Frank Day. Frank will be here to discuss his “Launching into Night,” series on artisanal fishing along the Atlantic coast of Ghana. Frank will also discuss work he’s done in Sudan and Bangkok.


photo courtesy of Frank Hallam Day


Monday, November 10

EXHIBIT/OPENING: Our Walls Bear Witness: Crisis in Central African Republic (6:30-7:30 pm, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) – Join the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in bearing witness to the current crisis in Central African Republic, where group-targeted violence poses a severe threat to civilians. To raise awareness of the ongoing crisis, the Museum will convene an expert panel to discuss the drivers of the current conflict and the interest of the United States in ending the violence. In addition, on Nov. 10 to 13, the Museum will project on its exterior walls building-sized images taken during the height of the crisis in CAR by prize-winning photographer Michael Christopher Brown. The program is FREE but registration is required through this link.

Photo by Michael Christopher Brown

EXHIBIT: Photo/Diary (Carroll Square Gallery) – Photographs by Edgar Endress, Jati Lindsay, Susana Raab, E. Brady Robinson, Dawn Whitmore. Exhibit runs through November 21.

WORKSHOP: The Business of Nonprofit Photography (9:30am-4:30pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – This one-day workshop aims to educate and enlighten photographers on how to make money in the nonprofit photography industry. The day will feature two core lectures and a professional panel with three photo editors from some of the international nonprofits based in DC. Hands-on work will also be a part of the day. Every level of photographer will be able to grow and expand their knowledge of nonprofit documentary photography. Cost is $175, register here.

EXHIBIT Opening (6pm): En Pie De Foto: Terrorism – A Crime Against Humanity @ Art Museum of The Americas -The Foundation for Victims of Terrorism and the OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas present En Pie de Foto: Terrorism, a Crime Against Humanity, in collaboration with the Miguel Angel Blanco Foundation and with the support of the Permanent Observer Mission of Spain to the OAS and AMA. The exhibition displays a series of photographs expounded upon by renowned Spanish and Latin American writers, denouncing terrorism as a large-scale violation of human rights, while honoring its victims. En Pie de Foto supports the mission of the OAS Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), which facilitates international cooperative efforts against terrorism, as well as AMA’s mission of providing a forum for artistic extensions of OAS values of peace and human rights.

FotoTalk: WPOW and National Geographic Present: Publishing in a Digital Age (6:30-9:30pm, Fotoweek Central, Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence) – The Women Photojournalists of Washington, in partnership with National Geographic, present an educational panel featuring the all-female online photo-editing team for National Geographic. A wine and snack reception will precede the presentation. Tickets are $20 for the public, $15 for WPOW members, and $10 for students.

Tuesday, November 11

EVENT: Young @ Heart: A selection of the finest BYT photography in 2014 (6-8pm, Fotoweek Central) – With an archive that at last count included 221, 964 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 2013 and 2014 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. Come enjoy photos, music, cool people, and a cash bar. FREE.


BOOK SIGNING: Meet-and-Greet with Craig Semetko (11am-2pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – The author of UNPOSED and India UNPOSED will be at the Leica Store to meet fans, sign his books, and discuss his work. Semetko is a connoisseur of the spontaneous moment. With a keen eye for serendipity, he captures the offbeat and the unusual to be found all around us. Semetko will also be giving an artist talk at 7pm in the Leica Store.

ARTIST TALK: Craig Semetko (7-9pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – Join us for a lively presentation from exceptional photographer, Craig Semetko. Craig will be discussing his photographic career in addition to sharing the stories behind the images found in his acclaimed booksUNPOSED and India UNPOSED. Earlier in the day, Semetko will host a meet-and-greet and book signing at the Leica Store. RSVP by emailing [email protected]

ARTIST TALK: Jason Horowitz (6-7pm, NOVA Community College) – Come to the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus Tyler Gallery for a reception and artist talk with photographer Jason Horowitz. The exhibit will run through December 4.

Wednesday, November 12

OPEN HOUSE: Fotoweek Central Spain Arts and Culture  + Mexican Cultural Institute – stop by these two neighboring exhibit spaces and check out the work on display, enjoy refreshments etc.

EXHIBIT Opening: What We Have Within (OAS – AMA F Street Gallery) : Art has traditionally been used to empower people and is often one of the most compelling ways of expressing ideas, especially regarding issues that seemed socially taboo. Violence faced by many persons in the Americas because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity has a deep root in prejudice, discrimination and lack of societal acceptance of diversity. What We Have Within breaks that silence and allows for a discussion to begin; a discussion about our identities, our orientations, our diversity.   This selection of six series includes a range of artistic approaches, from public representation, as with Barnett, Birnbaum and Allen, to those more intimate and private, as in the works of Handal, Keenan, and Paul.

Photo by Amy Vitale

Photo by Amy Vitale

ARTIST TALK: Scott Suchman (6:30-8pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – Photographer and famed omnivore Scott Suchman has spent his entire professional career working in Washington, DC. From an early start as a wire service stringer, he is now recognized as one of the region’s top food and restaurant shooters. This evening with Scott will be a visual feast moving through the city’s most famous and infamous kitchens and dining rooms. From top chefs to hot plates to sweet treats, Scott has every table covered. This event is full.

Thursday, November 13

EVENT: Our City: Through Form and Function (6-8pm, Stages Premier Realtors DC) – The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group hosts an “Art in Real Estate Soiree,” which will feature music from DJ Adrian Loving, and a sale of photographic works from artists Clint Curtis and Andy Fundeneanu. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative.

EXHIBIT/OPENING: Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) Artists Reception (6:30-10:30pm, Fathom Gallery) – Wine and food reception to celebrate the November 10th opening of the 14-artist exhibition at Fathom. Event is FREE, RSVP here.

BOOK SIGNING/CONVERSATION: Amelia Davis on behalf of Jim Marshall (6:30-9pm, Lecia Store Washington DC) – Amelia Davis, Jim Marshall’s assistant for the last 13 years of his life, will sign copies of Marshall’s book The Haight: Love, Music, and Revolution and share the stories behind many of his iconic works. Marshall photgraphed music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and documented the American culture that Jazz and Rock and Roll shaped.

EXHIBIT/OPENING: Divinité noires (7:30-9:30pm, Embassy of France) – The photo series by Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger were taken in Togo and Benin on the occasion of ritual ceremonies. Contrary to the ethnographic use of photography, the models used here become active subjects rather than mere objects of observation. The exhibit will be on display through December 12. Admission to the opening reception is FREE, but tickets to the reception and subsequent exhibition viewings must be reserved here.

Photo courtesy of Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

Photo courtesy of Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger

Friday, November 14

WORKSHOP: Leica S Open Studio Event (6-9pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – The Leica studio will be open for participants to shoot with Leica’s legendary S System. An expansive Leica S product line-up will be on hand to shoot these spectacular subjects. Participants are requested to bring their own SD or CF card to take files with them. RSVP by emailing [email protected]

EVENT: FotoBazaar 2014 Opening Party (6:30-10pm, FotoBazaar Central) – Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at the FotoBazaar 2014, the city’s premiere massive open-to-all un-juried for-sale gallery. Hobnob with DC’s exciting photographers and curators, enjoy an open bar and music from DJ Sean Peoples (Fatback) & DJ Smudge (ESL). Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 the day of – purchase here.

Saturday, November 15

EVENT: FotoBazaar (10am-6pm, FotoBazaar Central) – The second annual FotoBazaar offers space for 250 exhibitors, on a first-come/first-served basis, in a 25,000 sq. ft space. Space is still available, you can purchase it here. FotoBazaar is open Saturday and Sunday from 10-6, and Monday from 11-8.

Photo courtesy of FOTODC

Photo courtesy of FOTODC

LECTURE: Branding Your Photography Online: Websites and Social Media (11am-1pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – In this two-hour seminar, David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz will discuss the importance of maintaining a consistent, professional and recognizable brand. The components of a great portfolio website will be outlined, and participating photographers will leave with an easy and effective social media strategy. Tickets are $50, register here.

ARTIST TALK: Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. (1-2pm, Hillyer Art Space) – Hillyer Art Space Member, Anthony Palliparambil Jr., will discuss his work that revolves around the roles of rebirth, technology, and social media in the arts today. FREE.

Photo by Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.

Photo by Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.

LECTURE: Avenues for Exposure to Your Photography: Galleries, Publishing and Online Magazine (3-5pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – There are many ways to gain recognition and exposure for your photographic projects. David Bram and Jennifer Schwartz will discuss how to approach galleries, photobook publishing options, and showing your work through online blogs and publications in this two-hour seminar. Tickets are $50, register here.

Sunday, November 16

WORKSHOP: Leica Portfolio Reviews (12-5pm, Leica Store Washington DC) – Jennifer Schwartz (Crusade for Art) and David Bram (Fraction Magazine) will be available for 20-minute portfolio review sessions at Leica Store. Tickets are $40, and you can register with Jennifer Schwartz or David Bram.


SO THAT WAS A LOT. And chances are-there will BE MORE. BONUS:

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And, to recap basic survival skills we mentioned above:


Deep breaths. We can do this. Most beautiful DC week of the year is about to begin.