DC: Want to Collaborate with Dan Tague New Orleans Artist this Saturday?

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BBC Producer William McKenna shares this opportunity with me:

We will be shooting one last session for our collaboration with the New Orleans artist Dan Tague on Saturday September 20th at a studio in Upper Northwest DC. We have slots available between the hours of 10am and 6pm. (Location to be provided).

I need volunteers to appear on camera for the art video, tentatively titled “GBA.” Previously edited material of war, violence and rioting will be projected onto your face as you sing or lip sync to a song with some gusto. But, in case you’re worried, your voice will not be included in the final video.

The finished video will be shown at an art gallery in New Orleans at the end of October.

All ages are welcome, and if you know someone who might be interested in participating please contact WM @ wmckdc (at) gmail dot com

Donna Conlon: Video Artist

I don’t usually post on self-identified experimental artists since being treated for PTSD following the public circumcision and crucifixion of Adrian Parson’s foreskin.  But, I was in Panama last week and met up with Donna Conlon, whom I first met when we were both @FotoForum in Brazil – which was probably the most interesting photography event I had ever been to and which allows me to country drop  in this run-on sentence like I’m a flight attendant on a double-shift.

Donna’s work is completely club top-drawer. As I may have mentioned, she lives in Panama, where her husband works at STRI, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

You can find more of her work here. Please do watch this fabulous video about Panamian/US Sovereign Nation status told fabulously through beer bottles and Francis Scott Key?

Because of privacy settings, can’t embed here. Here’s the link and a screen grab:

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The Invisible Wall reviewed in East of the River: A MUST SEE

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Only a week and a half left to visit my show, The Invisible Wall @VividGallery in SE DC.  Philip Hutinet reviews the Invisible Wall for the East of the River Capital Community News: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/invisible-wall-opens-window-life-east-river

Susana Raab’s imagery could not be more insightful.  Many have tried to explain what makes East of the River so unique from the rest of Washington, but few have actually been able to successfully explain it up until now.  Raab’s 20 picture essay speaks so eloquently, so simply, capturing so many of the facets that make East of the River such a remarkably distinct place, it is a wonder why an exhibition like this did not come to fruition sooner.

- See more at: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/invisible-wall-opens-window-life-east-river#sthash.9UGTRK7b.dpuf

Thanks Philip, means a lot from a former River Easter! 

Susana Raab Productions is Taking Over the Smithsonian Magazine Instagram Feed this Week



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Yo! Look who is taking over the Smithsonian Magazine Instagram feed this week with some #southeastlove?  I’m taking you East of the Anacostia River.  Please follow me @ http://instagram.com/smithsonianmagazine or at http://instagram.com/susanagraph.  Please join me and feel free to shout out questions, comments.

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Get Your Portrait Taken @ Loves & Fears in SE Washington: Saturday August 2: 11-2


DMV: Do, Please, Come.  This Saturday August 2:11-2 pm I will be stationed in the lobby of the Anacostia Arts Center collecting your portraits and words for a project we’re calling the Loves and Fears Project. Share yourself, be represented – I’ll ask you to sign a model release because I want to plaster these around the city, project them from rooftops, and more . . . I’ll email you a a copy of your finished portrait. Professionally lit, plain white backdrop – meant to showcase yourself as simple or as fancy as you want to be. It’s going to be an ongoing project cause


Here’s the facebook event link at Vivid Solutions Gallery.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1478253542417082/

Please come to my party, might be a pleasant day for a bike ride. Highly recommend the Anacostia River Front Trail, a stop at the shoot, then lunch at Nuurish in the Anacostia Arts Center.  There’s always parking and it’s a short walk from the Anacostia Green Line. We love our Urban Explorers! Vengate!

July News from S. Raab Productions

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Zaniya of Simple City, 50th St NE, Washington, DC from the ongoing series, East of the River, exhibiting now at the Vivid Solutions Gallery in Washington, DC (Project supported by Kodak Film)

Much news to report from Q2/3 of Susana Raab Photographic:


Had the pleasure of writing about filmmaker Michael Ford’s Mississippi work from the 1970’s on the New York Times Lens Blog here. The story explores the idea that often one does not take a picture – a photograph takes you.  Ford’s life trajectory was changed in the years he spent documenting a blacksmith shop near Oxford that had been operating since 1910.

In June, DC Arial Photographer Cameron Davidson interviewed me for his delightful blog, Fuse Visual. The takeaway: “Humor doesn’t happen on command.” Read all about it here.


In July, my work looking at America through the prism of fast-food consumption, Consumed was featured on the Slate photo blog, Behold – to ummmm, critical acclaim.  Photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally also discovered the power of Internet trolls and critical acclaim when she published her essay, Upstate Girls on Behold.  Read about the brouhaha here.  The insightful Jordan G. Teicher wrote both pieces.

I also had the pleasure of working with Saatchi Paris on an advertising campaign featuring local giants: the Ballou High School Marching Band.  Went spelunking (kinda sort of not really) for Preservation looking at caves in the Shenandoah Valley. And Consumed was also featured in a colossal book: Inedible Truth: The Politics of Food, edited by Joe Ruckli, and published by the Australian Photojournalist magazine; an annual non – profit publication that seeks to draw attention to injustices routinely ignored utilizing visual storytelling and documentary practice as a catalyst for social activism. I’m in good company here with Ed Kashi, John Stanmeyer, James Mollison, Michael Pollan, Jon Feinstein, and  more.

Lastly, Politico published the first incarnations of East of the River in an essay this spring.


My exhibit, The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River, is currently showing in the neighborhood at the Vivid Solutions Gallery in the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC. This ongoing work focuses on Wards 7 & 8 in Washington, which is separated from the rest of the city by the Anacostia River due to President Thomas Jefferson’s love of symmetry; he absolutely needed to make the District of Columbia a square. Of course, Virginia messed everything up when it seceded.  The Washington City Paper‘s Lou Jacobson previews it here. Thank you to Audrey and Kodak for supplying me with a generous film allowance.

In other exhibit news, Cotidiano USA continues to make the rounds, currently exhibiting in San Antonio at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  It will be heading to NYC later this year.  Manhattan, you are forewarned! The exhibit, curated by the wonderful Claudi Carreras, consists of works representing the US experience of Latinos and includes the work of dear friends and photographers: Carlos Alvárez MonteroSol AramendiKatrina d’AutremontCaléRicardo CasesLivia CoronaHéctor MataKaren MirandaDulce PinzónSusana Raab (me), Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.

In praise of slow photography, and in anticipation of making photographic books, I have removed much of my work from Cholita, East of the River, and Consumed from my website.  I will be working on the Cholita book dummy through the rest of this summer. If you’re interested in seeing more detailed selections from any of these works, please contact me directly and I will be happy to share with you privately.

I wish you all a brilliant summer, filled with happiness, laughter, and community.







Map of the Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River


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If you are interested in seeing the locations of where I made photographs for the exhibition The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River, please click the above link to see a map I built for the project.

The shortened URL for the map, if you’d like to share it is: http://bit.ly/1oJIPPo

And if you’re in the area, please stop by tomorrow, Friday @VividSolutions gallery to see the real deal.

1231 Good Hope Road SE · Washington DC 20020
(Inside Anacostia Arts Center)
Hours: Tuesday – Friday noon to 5pm · Saturday 11am to 5pm