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.

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

Zaniya of Simple City, 50th St NE, Washington, DC

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:

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

The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River opens July 11 @ Vivid Solutions


East of the River

Anthony, Anacostia Waterfront Park, Washington, DC 2014

So the little project I’ve been working in my backyard here, East of the River, is ready for its first recital at Vivid Solutions Gallery in historic Anacostia.  A short walk from the Anacostia metro station the opening will feature myself, photographs, audio, and vino.  Please Do come! Leave a comment, tell your friends, make a new friend.

Also in August I’ll be hosting a shoot for a new project at Vivid Solutions: The Hopes and Fears Project. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Here are the details:





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

Susana Raab is a photographer at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, and began documenting the communities surrounding the museum with a medium format and a 4×5 camera in 2008. Raab is interested in how these communities have formed and evolved over the past fifty years and how that visually manifests itself today. The images in The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River are the result of her walks throughout the community, during which she seeks out scenes and subjects randomly, relishing the element of chance in her encounters and collaborations.

On August 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,Raab will set up her camera in the lounge of Anacostia Arts Center, to take photographs for another project, The Loves and Fears Project. She will be creating portraits with collaborators who will write down their greatest loves and fears. Each guest will receive a digital copy of their portrait.



FuseVisual: The Interview

You will most often find him up in the air, but DC Arial Photographer Cameron Davidson is pretty busy on terra firma as well. He’s started a new website (with another super duper upgrade in a few weeks) featuring interviews with photographers, art directors and the like, it’s called Fuse Visual and you should bookmark in case you should find yourself with one of those horrid spare, empty moments we are always trying to avoid with our obsessive compulsive behaviors smartphones.

Cameron took time out from his busy schedule to interview me here.  Leininger assured me I didn’t come off sounding superior like some large format heads do, so don’t even begin to give me any flak there, please – I have already been absolved.

Author photo by Katrina D’Autremont.

And as always I would be remiss not to thank Kodak films.  I love you. For ever. And. Ever.

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