Cry the Beloved Library!

My darling, my beautiful 1950’s mid-century municipal with integrity Cleveland Park Public Library is on the chopping block of the forces of redevelopment.  How I hate these forces! If you live in DC and have any interest, including in the redevelopment of the MLK Library downtown – come to this meeting and ask your questions, PLEASE.  We are killing our history! Take the FBI Building, no problem. You can tear down that Brutalist Christian Scientific on 16th and I, but for the love of country, leave us our Cleveland Park Library! and MLK!

Saturday February 7 at 1 PM in the Cleveland Park Library: DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will speak on a new vision for DCPL, additionally DCPL Director of Cap Projects Jeff Bonvechio will also be on hand at the annual meeting hosted by the Friends of Cleveland Park Library.

The Cleveland Park Library built in 1953, and a structure of historic and architectural integrity is slated for redevelopment. This will close down the library for a longer period of time than the scheduled renovation to put in an ADA compliant elevator and of course cost more money.

This is the time to ask questions and save a lovely historic structure from demolition in your neighborhood. This  building was designed by Municipal Architect Merrell A. Coe; the site of the library was purchased for $75,000 in 1945. The Connecticut Avenue Citizens Association raised $30,000, and the rest was appropriated by Congress. When it opened, the Cleveland Park branch, one of the first of the D.C. libraries to be designed in a spare, Modernist style, was one of the largest in the D.C. Public Library system. It’s really one of the few in it’s kind in DC and should be saved.  

I hope you will join me in bringing your questions and concerns on Sat Feb 7.


Susana Raab

Connecticut Ave NW

LAGOSPHOTO talent call 2015!

From the founders:

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LagosPhoto is on the lookout for photographers working in Africa and from the African Diaspora telling unique and interesting stories.

To get on our radar, send us 5 low res images (preferably from one project), project synopsis, your CV+ bio + date of birth to:

The subject line: Talent Call_your name

Submission policy: Due to the high volume of submissions, we will contact you if we are interested in working with you. We are interested in all genres of photography.

Get in touch!

Great Artwork + Good Cause = Washington Project for the Arts Select 2015. You’re Invited.

I was thrilled to have been chosen by the National Gallery’s Associate Curator of Photography Sarah Kennel to participate in the Washington Project for the Arts exhibition and auction (click the link to browse the works available online).

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I’m in great company with good friends Hector Emmanuel and Lydia Panas (Kutztown PA’s own version of John Singer Sargent), and local favorites Terri Weifenbach, Frank Day, and Adam Davies, among other talented folks, many of whom are not even photographers. (I know, the horror, right?)

The actual auction for those of you who are not just art rubber-neckers but want to stock up on some good works or just be part of “the scene” is Saturday March 7 and tickets are available here.

The opening party is next Thursday January 29, and is gratis. Please come and browse.  Ridiculously good deals on artwork benefit the greater Washington artistic community by supporting the WPA, which received a DC Arts and Humanities award this year for just being a great contribution to arts in DC. I would have to concur.  Here’s more details:

SELECT 2015 consists of a 3-week public exhibition and a ticketed auction party to support contemporary art and the local artist community. The artists invited to participate in this exhibition were selected by a group of notable curators from some of the most important institutions in our region, emerging curators, and WPA’s Board of Directors.

Thursday, January 29 through Friday, March 6, 2015
Wednesdays through Fridays: 4–11pm
Saturdays: 12 – 11pm
Sundays: 12 – 5pm
Mondays and Tuesdays: CLOSED

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.


1101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201


Thursday, January 29, 2015, 6–9pm


Kristi-Anne Caisse, Assistant Director, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC

Asantewa Boakyewa, Associate Curator, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Sarah Hanley, Independent Print Curator and Critic, New York, NY

Ryan Holladay, New Media Curator, Artisphere, Arlington, VA

Sarah Kennel, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Phyllis Rosenzweig, Independent Curator / Curator Emerita, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

Brian Young, Curator, Arts Program, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD

Consumed in National Geographic and other News from the Clip File

Tofu Dog, Playboy Playmate, Peta Protest, Capitol Hill, DC from the series Consumed is featured above, yeah that's right, Marty, Martin Parr's photo and underneath a photograph by Martin Roemers.

Tofu Dog, Playboy Playmate, Peta Protest, Capitol Hill, DC from the series Consumed is featured above, yeah that’s right, Marty, Martin Parr’s photo and underneath a photograph by Martin Roemers.

Well, it’s finally happened. Raab and Parr mano a mano in the pages of National Geographic for their story on food.  I admit, the man was an early influence, he taught me that the mundane was worthy photographic material, especially when combined with voice, the photographer’s.  He also taught me that I didn’t need to wait around for the right light thanks to this thing called flash, or lightning sticks as Steve and I call them.


At the time, it seemed that my world was inundated with black and white picture stories on the widows of the Varanasi, Burning Man, homeless pregnant teenage heroin addicts ie only the exotic and truly remarkable seemed worthy of the powers that be’s attention. Fuck the quotidian. At least that is how it felt at the time.  Now I sense much more versatility in the genre, even in “photojournalism.”  So I sleep easy nights now, with my lightning stick by my side, and the quotidian as my oyster.

Ok, so that image was made way back in 2010. More recent new work arrived in the mail the fabulous Garden & Gun magazine, who dispatched me to photograph wet plate photographer Lisa Elmaleh, who works on a series about American Folk, old time American music.  Hello, can we say dream job. Any kind of bluegrass, flat-footing and I am there.  She also has friends who bring in fresh raw oysters.  Dream job. Say it again.

So classy look how the clip arrived. I thought I was invited to a wedding.


Ok, I lost the clip, but here are the selects from the fun day with Lisa, whose cabin in Paw Paw was a delight of visual treasures.

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Lastly, noticed an old archive photograph of mine was also featured in the New Yorker to talk about the Rolling Stone UVA Rape story.


So pretty happy with those two new pubs, National Geographic and The New Yorker, as well as an excellent road trip to Paw Paw to visit the very talented Lisa Elmaleh.

Here’s to 2015 starting off well for us all!