On Nov. 10, the Washington-born photography festival FotoWeek DC will officially kick off its fifth year with exhibitions of work by photojournalists and fine art photographers from around the world. Through Nov. 18, guests can hear lectures from renowned photographers, see the best news images from the past year and hit evening events at several venues.
This year brings a few changes of note, including a new central venue and, for the first time, an admission charge. Here's what you need to know.
Where is it?
, the hub for several major exhibitions, lectures and a library of photo books, has moved into 40,000 square feet in the Warner office building on E Street NW and will begin welcoming visitors Nov. 10 (some exhibitions at other venues will open earlier). Shows at FotoWeek Central include images from the winners of the International Awards Competition; "Come Together," featuring work by emerging photographers themed around Beatles songs; and "Looking at the Land," a contemporary-landscape show curated by Flakphoto.com. FotoWeek Central also will feature thumbnails of the approximately 34,000 submissions received by the festival.
A handful of peripheral venues also are taking part: Georgetown's not-yet-opened restaurant Malmasion (3401 Water St. NW) will host a potluck party and slideshow called "Slideluck Potshow" on Nov. 11 ($10). For professionals, portfolio reviews and seminars (registration required) will take place at the Goethe-Institut (812 Seventh St. NW). The Corcoran (500 17th St. NW) will also open the exhibit "Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I-XVIII" on Nov. 10 ($10).
What does it cost?
For the first time in its five years, the festival is charging admission to FotoWeek Central. Passes, which are good for the week, are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and free for age 12 and younger. "It's just impossible as an arts organization, as
a nonprofit, to be putting on events of this scale for free," says FotoWeek founder Theo Adamstein. As in previous years, tickets also are required for such events as the launch party Nov. 10 at the Warner building ($55) and portfolio reviews
($75). Other FotoWeek partners will have free exhibitions.
Can I take part?
Would-be shooters can compete in the festival's first Instagram competition. Take or upload a photograph onto Instagram, and be sure to include the hashtag #fotoweekcontest. Selected works will be displayed at FotoWeek Central, and prizes will include admission to photography seminars.
If you go
FotoWeek Central, daily from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10 through Nov. 18 at 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Entrance on E Street between 12th
and 13th streets. 855-270-3632.
--Lavanya Ramanathan (Nov. 5, 2012)