You Heard it in PDN

“Susana Raab’s the best source for this. Her blog, Looking Underfoot, lists all sorts of upcoming shows. Great resource.

From PDN’s  city guide to Washington, DC – home of the free! Thanks anonymous quoter.  Public service is the highest honor.

Ok, so I’ve been a bit remiss of late, holidays, jobs, and all.

I am so ready for some toasty weather and brandy Alexanders in front of the fire at Tabard Inn.

Starting a Photography Business at NOVA Comm College Alexandria

The Nova Photography Program invites you to attend a free educational seminar:
starting a

for students, emerging photographers, and
anyone contemplating a career change into
this exciting but challenging field

Veteran photographer Judy Herrmann will provide resources
and share real world tactics to get a small commercial
photography business off to a solid start. Topics include:

finding work as an assistant
portfolio development
marketing + pricing
developing sound business practices

Monday 22 November 2010

7:30 pm in the Bisdorf Auditorium Room 196

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus
contact or call 703.845 6287

about the speaker: Judy Herrmann, of Herrmann + Starke, is a past president
of ASMP, a United Nation’s IPC Leadership Award recipient, and an Olympus
Visionary. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis,
Lurzer’s Archive, and many award annuals. A nationally-recognized speaker
and consultant, her blog helps people earn a living doing work they love.

Weekend Lecture at National Gallery on the Pre-Raphaelites

I’ve been so focused on post-Raphaelites re DC Fotoweek, that I have quite neglected to see this show at one of my favorite museums, the National Gallery.  Well, this can all be remedied on November 21 when NGA curator Dianne Waggoner, expounds and more on November 21 at 2:00 pm. Come and learn about a time when painters were influenced by photography!
Uncompromising Truth: British Photography and Pre-Raphaelitism
Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875 follows.
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Also a book signing. About the book:

As photography steadily gained a foothold in the 1840s, a group of British painters calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelites came of age. Answering John Ruskin’s call to study nature, “rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing,” these young painters were also spurred on by the possibilities of the new medium (introduced in 1839), particularly its ability to capture every nuance, every detail. And yet, the Pre-Raphaelites’ debt to photography has barely been acknowledged. From photography, painters learned to see anew: adapting such radical qualities as abrupt cropping, planar recession, and a lack of modulation between forms, painters made their art modern, sometimes shockingly so.


Photographers in turn looked to Pre-Raphaelite visual strategies and subject matter – mined from literature, history, religion—to secure, as Julia Margaret Cameron wrote, “the character and uses of High Art.” These artists developed a shared vocabulary—featuring light and minute detail as an emblem of visual truth—which helped launch realism as the century’s dominant visual mode. “Exactness,” a critic affirmed in 1856, “is the tendency of the age.”


This volume explores the rich dialogue between photography and painting through the themes of landscape, portraiture, literary and historical narratives and modern-life subjects. These artists—from photographers Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Rejlander, to such painters as John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John William Inchbold—not only had much in common, but also upended traditional approaches to making pictures.


240 pages, 200 color | 9 x 11.5 inches


Wow. Portraits. Look.

© Darin Mickey

Really nice selection by Andy Adams/Flak Photo for DC Fotoweek featuring many old favorites and some new loves.  Someone should box these up and create some lmtd ed folios! Lovely. Thank you. Here.

DC Fotoweek is Here

One could ask for no better round-up than Heather Goss’ virtual spreadsheet of officially-sanctioned DC Fotoweekdom activity here.

DC Fotoweek Happenings

Get ready to snap your fingers in unison and enjoy the love that is DC Fotoweek.  Some venues seem to be doing a good job of taking the reins from more, er, commercial interests.  I know, it’s utterly bourgeois to even mention it.

Anyhoo, lots of fun things happening including a photographer/street artist collaborative exhibit at Honfleur Gallery which features a couple of my local favorites:  photographers Matt Dunn, Chris Usher,  Jason Horowitz, and Michelle Frankenfurter and great street artists DECOY and Mike Estabrook; a slideshow and concert with one half of Thievery Corporation with the Metrocollective fotografas. Tickets to Thievery/Metrocollective can be purchased for $20 here.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it’s projections of photographs on historic buildings with Andy Adams, Larissa Leclair, Jamie Welford and other folks: NightGallery projections can be enjoyed at many locations throughout Washington, DC,including the exteriors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Newseum,
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, American Red Cross, National Museum ofthe American Indian, Satellite Central (M Street – Georgetown) and the Human Rights
Campaign buildings.

Northern Virginia Community College photo professor Gail Rebhan alerts me to this interesting art book lover appropriate show:

Beyond Text: Contemporary Book Arts

Featuring the work of

Carol Barton, Maria Barbosa, Katie Baldwin, Kate Carr, Irene Chan, Tate Foley, Helen Frederick, Tatiana Ginsberg, Fleming Jeffries, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Kelly O’Brien, Gail Rebhan, Lee Running, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Ashlee Weitlauf

October 25–November 19, 2010

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5–7:30 p.m.

King Street Gallery

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The King Street Art Gallery is located in the atrium of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Garage, which is located immediately behind the center.

Map and directions at