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FotoWeek DC is back for it’s sixth year of incredible workshops, seminars, galleries and events to make anyone Team Canon or Team Nikon (even Team Micro Four Thirds) ecstatic. They’re kicking off their biggest year yet with an opening party at National Geographic, with even more events at the Gothe Institut, and a weeklong stretch in NoMa, and Black Cat. We chatted with Theo Adamstein, founder and director for FotoDC, and have a handful of events you’ll not want to miss.

Q+A, Theo Adamstein, FotoDC Founder & Director

Brightest Young Things: Where did the idea for FotoWeek DC come from?

Theo Adamstein: We were founded in 2008, and essentially I came up with this idea 8 years ago, and there were very few programs for photographers to submit work to. There weren’t any competitions for photographers to be recognized for great work. I had lived here since 1982, and there weren’t any big festivals, so I sort of led this group with this idea that we’d create this non-profit arts organization

BYT: What is your background with photography?

TA: I’ve had two careers from my late teens. I was a passionate photographer from the age of 16. I started a little photo lab called Chrome in ’82. It grew into the largest lab in the district, and that’s how I met a lot of photographers, and galleries. Then I went to New York and graduated from Architecture school. Architecture, photography, and design have kind of run parallel for me. I was actually an exhibiting photographer myself, and also a fine art printer in the early days of Chrome. The design part helps as well. Putting together these shows, and knowing how to work these outdoor, pop-up spaces really requires a deign background.

BYT: How do you connect with local photographers?

TA: The exciting thing, in terms of our festival, we’ve established a really good connection with photographers. We get upwards of 25,000 visitors if you take everything that’s going on between our programs and partner programs. For example, we have the Holocaust Museum projecting for five nights.

 

—————– 10 Can’t Miss Events —————–

6th Annual FotoWeek DC Opening Party

When: Friday, November 1, 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Where: National Geographic, 1145 17th St NW
Tickets: $45

To kick the week long photo extravaganza off, FotoDc will be hosting an opening party. The $45 admission fee includes an outdoor venue with an open bar, music by Tropicana & ESL featuring DJ Underdog, Okayafrica and live band, See~I. The party will be amidst a photo exhibition displaying award winning photos along with up and coming local and international works.

 

FotoDC’s 2013 Youth Photo Contest

When: Friday, November 1, 10:00 am – November 10 5:00 pm
Where: National Geographic, 1145 17th St NW
Tickets: Free!

Amateur work that is entirely worth seeing. Last year, the most impressive works were by young, inexperienced artists. These pictures are far from perfect, but have the grittiness that keeps it interesting, and they’ll be displayed in the NatGeo courtyard all week.

Photo Editing A-Z

When: Saturday, November 2  2-5 pm
Where: Goethe Institute, 812 7th St NW
Tickets: Free!

Elizabeth Krist, National Geographic photo editor, will give the ins-and-outs on shaping a story with words and photos in the most effective way. Aspiring photographers and editors will learn a thing or two about producing foreign stories about primitive tribes while keeping the modern age engaged.

The District Experience After Party and Slideshow

When: November 2, 10 pm – November 3, 2 am
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW
Tickets: $10

The District Experience After party and slideshow will be a dance party celebrating photography.

Mobile Image Making with Chris Alvanas

When: November 3, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Goethe Institute, 812 7th St NW
Tickets: $55

“The best camera in the world is the one you ALWAYS have with you.” Your iPhone has the potential to take pictures worth a thousand dollars. Learn how to take more than selfies with digital expert Chris Alvanas. He’ll teach you how to take gallery worthy pieces with what’s in your pocket.

Different Distances – Fashion Photography Goes Art

When: Now until December 8, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, NW
Tickets: Free!

Denise Grünstein, Julia Hetta, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Julia Peirone and Elisabeth Toll are Swedish fashion photographers. They add character to the otherwise overdone fashion photography scene.

21st Century Photography and Being on the “Right” Side of Change

When: Monday, November 4, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Goethe Institute, 812 7th St NW
Tickets: $55

James Cambell, founder of Instant DC, is a technologist living in DC and will fill you in on the newest trends in photography.

OUR WALLS BEAR WITNESS: The Plight of Burma’s Rohingya – Opening Program

When: November 4, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place
Tickets: Free!

Greg Constantine’s larger than life images of the persecuted Rohingya people in Burma will be projected on the museum’s exterior walls.

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment

When: Now Until March 9
Where: National Geographic, 1145 17th St NW
Tickets: $11

Women of Vision features works by eleven different artists and their depiction of humanity from the American west to war torn battlefields in Afghanistan.

2013 International Awards Competition Winners Exhibition

When: November 6 – November 10  10 am- 6 pm
Where: National Geographic, 1145 17th St NW
Tickets: Free!

The best of the best, winners of FotoDC’s 2013 International Awards Competition will exhibit their work in the outdoor courtyard at National Geographic.

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