In a Flash: FotoWeekDC Worth a Thousand Words and Then Some


Right before your eyes: Whether you’re a budding shutterbug or simply a photo fan, there’s plenty to admire at FotoWeekDC. (ElvertBarnes via Flickr)

Founded in 2008, “FotoWeekDC began with one core program: a weeklong celebration of the power of photography.”

This fourth annual event takes place from November 5 to 12, and as its overview page can attest, it’s a pretty substantial shindig.

The main festival hub is FotoWeek Central, and it’s located at 1800 L Street, N.W., a short walk from the Farragut North stop on Metro’s Red Line. With more than 50,000-square-feet of space, FotoWeek Central will show off 14 individual photography exhibitions. There are four other satellite locations, and these include FotoSpace, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery and the George Washington University.

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In addition, there will be many area FotoWeekDC partners holding events in conjunction with the festival.

Among other particulars, FotoWeekDC features photography exhibitions, lectures and fotobooks on display, along with related workshops.

Here is a full listing of events. Warm up your clicking finger, as there are quite a few.

FotoDC, the festival’s parent organization, has made it free to see the exhibitions, and bully for them, really. But they are making you register for that free pass (to get into the festival’s main sites anyway).

FotoWeek Central
1800 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Quick and easy enough, but … now they know who you are, which may be even scarier than this!

To avoid lines though, it’s requested you register online.

Free events include “Harry Callahan at 100” at the National Gallery of Art, “Behind the Scenes – Real Life Misadventures of a Travel Photographer” at FotoWeek Central, and one we should all go see, “Big Cats, Vanishing Icons” at the National Geographic Museum.

For many other scheduled events, you have to pony up anywhere from $10 to a rather significant $55 for the FotoWeek Launch Party on Friday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. (If you pay 35 tax-deductible dollars and become a FotoFriend, you can save money on various tickets). Of course, at the big launch you’ll get to preview the 14 exhibits and take a gander at the festival’s award-winning photos.

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Plus later, you’ll get to follow the herd on down to the Corcoran and be immersed in more art and music from FatBack DJ. You can fill up on cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at both locations.

Something this grand in this technological, up-to-the-nanosecond age would have a blog, right? You can guess with the best of them.

Here is a list of FotoWeekDC partners. The event’s sponsors are legion, including Newseum, Pepco and Dodge-Chrome.

Ah, another eclectic festival in D.C. Who woulda thunk it? Really, again, why aren’t you renting an apartment in Northwest yet? Use Apartment Showcase to make your apartment hunting easier.

And just because I can, here’s maybe the best song ever written about the power of pictures. Enjoy.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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