Washington, DC—The 8th annual FotoWeekDC 2015 Festival will take place from November 7–15, 2015, launching with a kickoff party on November 6. The citywide event will bring a lineup of diverse exhibitions, events, projections, innovative installations, film screenings and lectures to DC for 10 days. FotoWeekCentral exhibitions and events will be on view 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.
FotoWeekCentral, at the former residence of the Spanish ambassadors, 2801 16th Street NW, will feature the festival’s anchor exhibition, Aperture: Photographs. The exhibition follows the evolution of the Aperture Foundation through photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over 50 years. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography. Attendees included Minor White, who became founding editor and publisher, along with cofounders Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and the historians/curators Beaumont and Nancy Newhall.
The exhibition features works from: Diane Arbus, Bill Armstrong, Olivo Barbieri, Letizia Battaglia, Jo Ann Callis, Robert Capa, Michal Chelbin, John Chiara, William Christenberry, Barbara Crane, Bruce Davidson, Michael Flomen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Paul Fusco, Luigi Ghirri, Todd Hido, Eikoh Hosoe, Pieter Hugo, Graciela Iturbide, Rinko Kawauchi, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Danny Leibovitz, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, Lisette Model, James Mollison, Barbara Morgan, Richard Mosse, Vik Muniz, Matthew Pillsbury, Sylvia Plachy, Robert Rauschenberg, Sebastião Salgado, August Sander, Stephen Shames, David Benjamin Sherry, Stephen Shore, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Penelope Umbrico, Nick Waplington, Alex Webb, James Welling, Edward Weston, Minor White, Hank Willis Thomas and David Wojnarowicz.
The FotoWeekDC 2015 Festival will be headlined by the following events, with more to be announced: a panel discussion at the National Gallery of Art with photographer Myra Greene; opening weekend of Photo Ark, an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum featuring work by photographer Joel Sartore; and nighttime projections at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, November 9–12, with photo projections of religious and ethnic minorities persecuted in Iraq.
FotoDC also announced the addition of a 2015 FotoWeekDC Curatorial Committee—a group of the region’s top photography editors, curators, collectors and professionals—as part of programming and planning for the fall festival. The committee includes: Josh Cogan, travel photographer and filmmaker; Bill Crandall, photographer, instructor; Monica C. Corcoran, director, Your Shot, National Geographic Society; Wendy Grossman, curatorial associate, the Phillips Collection; Erin Haney, independent photography curator and lecturer; Muriel Hasbun, chair of photography department, Corcoran School of Art and Design, George Washington University, photographer; Kathryn Keane, vice president of exhibitions, National Geographic Society; Jacquelyn Martin, staff photographer, Associated Press, and acting director, Women Photojournalists of Washington; Caitlin Teal Price, fine art photographer, photography professor; Molly Roberts, chief photography editor, Smithsonian magazine; and Susan Soroko, director, Creative Economy, Arlington Economic Development.
In addition, the FotoWeekDC photography contest winners’ exhibition, on view at FotoWeekCentral, presents selections from three categories: Fine Art, Photojournalism and Photographer’s Choice. Juried by top photography experts, the competition is currently open and the submission deadline is October 9.
Plus, for the second year, FotoFilm explores the intersection of photography and the moving image. The series will highlight the power of film and video as they relate to contemporary photography.
Additional programming includes: Kandahar Journals with directors Louie Palu and Devin Gallagher, November 7, 3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building; Frame by Frame, November 12, 7 p.m., Freer and Sackler Galleries, Meyer Auditorium, an award-winning documentary about photojournalism in Afghanistan; and Grab a Hunk of Lightning—The Story of Dorothea Lange, a 110-minute film narrated and directed by Dorothea Lange’s granddaughter, award-winning filmmaker Dyanna Taylor, November 14, 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building.
FotoWeekDC partner highlights include Photo Ark, November 5, 2015 through April 11, 2016, a multiyear National Geographic project with a goal to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. It will be presented by Joel Sartore—a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, 24-year contributor to National Geographic magazine and a National Geographic Fellow.
Another National Geographic event is It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, with photojournalist Lynsey Addario, November 11, 7:30 p.m. Addario tells what it’s like to work in hot spots such as Afghanistan and Libya.
Additionally, concurrent events will be held by the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Newseum, which will unveil the exhibit 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World—The Photography of Howard G. Buffett; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, offering FotoWeek DC visitors a chance to see the estate as it appeared during the mid-19th century through a special photography exhibition presented as 3D anaglyphs. fotodc.org/2015