FotoWeek DC: Picture This

'Photography Is the Medium of Our Time'

Bold, provocative, and ambitious: Organizers are using these words to describe FotoWeek DC, the photo fest taking the District by storm Nov. 5-12.

“Photography is the medium of our time,” said founder Theo Adamstein, who came up with the concept for FotoWeek more than five years ago. “It occurred to me that Washington’s photographers weren’t recognized,” Adamstein said. “[Our first festival] was far more successful than we ever imagined.”

This year, planners have packed the week with exhibits, lectures, workshops and competitions. Aspiring photographers can register for a portfolio review to get critical feedback on their work.

Exhibits are all over the city, but the hub of the festival will be at FotoWeek Central (1800 L St. NW). FotoWeek Central will showcase 14 photography exhibits during the week. One example: the Slideluck Potshow, which includes a potluck dinner, on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The week includes a special focus on human rights work, environmental issues, fine art, vintage photography and youth exhibits.

Other galleries will be hosted at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the George Washington University and the Pepco Edison Place Art Gallery. See the complete schedule here.

And good news, photography fans: All the exhibits are free, and so are most events.

Start off this year’s festival with the launch party Friday, Nov. 4, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at FotoWeek Central and moves to the Corcoran Gallery (510 17th St. NW), where you can sip cocktails and preview the top exhibits of the year. Tickets are $55.

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