Today marks the start of the 5th Annual FotoWeekDC, the picture-perfect festival for professional and amateur photo phenoms, students, and enthusiasts. Presented by FotoDC, an arts nonprofit that focuses on photography and multimedia, the celebration offers dynamic events with partners such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, and local facilities such as Carroll Square Gallery. You’ll find exhibitions, lectures, seminars, receptions, portfolio reviews, and even a new “Shoot the Festival” Instagram contest.
“[In] 2011, [we] became an all-year-round photography arts organization,” explains FotoWeekDC founder Theodore Adamstein. Today, the annual festival draws more than 40,000 people, and the nonprofit works on programming throughout the year, including engaging with local curators and holding photo competitions. The core mission? “Finding opportunities for photographers to submit work to us and finding ways to show that work in print form, projection form, [and] online,” Adamstein says. “Exposure is important.”
And exposure is what participants will get. You’ll find numerous events of interest, including several exhibits at FotoWeekCentral, the festival hub located in The Warner (1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). One can’t-miss showing: The “Uncover/Discover” series, on view at The Warner, which spotlights 10 local photographers who were selected from more than 200 entrants ($5 admission).
Bill Crandall is one of the series’ featured lensman. “My latest ongoing project from the last two years or so is a documentary series in a way, but very personal for me as a DC native,” he explains. “The images are surrealistic, fairy-tale photos from the swath of fast-changing DC neighborhoods from Petworth to the north where I live, generally south to downtown. …This is the first exhibition of the work, so it’s very exciting.”
Don’t miss the festival’s launch party on Saturday, November 10 (8-11 PM) at The Warner ($55). Ticket fees benefit the festival, and you can preview exhibitions while you nosh on tasty bites and dance with fellow “photo-chic” attendees. Then plan to visit more events; find info at fotoweekdc.org.