No matter which side of a camera lens you enjoy (photographer or subject), if you love all things photography, we’ve got good news for you: FotoWeekDC is coming! FotoWeekDC is a citywide celebration of photography. This year, it takes place from November 11–20, and we can’t wait!
The mission of FotoDC is to “provide exposure for photographers and to make diverse, high-quality photography accessible to audiences through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, dynamic programming, and collaborations with the local and international community,” according to the site. Basically, photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, area residents, and tens of thousands of viewers are able to experience a dynamic, evocative and engaging experience through fine art photography, photojournalism and/or the work of emerging artists.
Founded in 2008, the weeklong photography festival initially attracted 20,000 participants; including professional and amateur photographers, photography lovers and partners such as National Geographic, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and various local art galleries. Nowadays, the event sees over 40,000 attendees every year.
You can purchase tickets for the opening party, taking place on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) from 7:30 to 11 p.m. From Monday, Nov. 14 through Thursday, Nov. 17, you can catch images of countries where persecuted groups faced potentially genocidal threats, projected onto the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exterior walls. On Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., you can catch “Contact High: The Stories Behind Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Photographs,” where renowned hip-hop documentarians Chi Modu and Janette Beckman join writer Vikki Tobak in conversation about the roles that they played in shaping hip hop imagery and what went into the creation of each photo.
For the entire list of events, head over to the FotoDC website.