The first weekend of November played host to multiple events in the District of Columbia. One in particular was the launch of FotoWeekDC, a highly anticipated festival which seeks to inspire through the power of photography. Professionals and amateurs alike gathered for opening events, flocking towards five separate host venues throughout the city.
One unique challenge, entitled NightVisions, was presented to participants on the evening of November 5th. Photographers were given the opportunity to roam the neighborhoods of D.C. between the hours of 8pm and 4am, in search of the perfect shot. Within the given time frame, photographers were required to deliver their raw images to the FotoSpace satellite hub in Adams Morgan, where their shots were to be edited and submitted for judging. A panel of nationally acclaimed photo editors, art directors, and gallery curators reviewed entries. One snapshot from each participant was selected and entered into the contest, each competing for the chance to win top prizes such as an Apple iPad, a 24”X30” Custom Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching Paper, and a 20”X24” Print from Dodge/Chrome.
Temporarily located at 1838 Columbia Road NW, FotoSpace welcomed swarms of photographers and admirers throughout the night. Snacks, coffee and conversation were offered and appreciated as the masses filed in, eagerly awaiting their chance to use the Mac editing stations.
After the board selected the best of the bunch, the images were produced from Epson printers and immediately hung on a wall for viewing. One attendee expressed his disdain for the cluster of logos at the bottom of the photo paper the images had been printed on. “They’re just pushing advertising. It distracts from the picture,” he said.
Indeed, the event boasted a plethora of sponsors. Those included: Penn Camera, Mac Business Solutions, National Geographic, DC Magazine, Newseum, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Now in its fourth year, FotoWeekDC has claimed 2011 as their best yet. Festival-goers can make their way to the heart of operations by heading to 1800 L St. NW, FotoWeek Central. This space will be open between 10am and 7pm through November 12th, except Wednesday, in which case it will be closing at 5pm. The space is set to display 14 separate exhibitions in its 50,000+ square feet.
Beginning in autumn 2008, FotoWeekDC has grown from a week-long festival into an extraordinary non-profit organization. Officially shortened to FotoDC, the group now holds functions year-round, though the internationally recognized festival continues to draw crowds exceeding 40,000. Dedicated to helping others inspire and provoke through photography, the board graciously provides educational opportunities for all those interested, including programs geared towards students and youths.
For more information on FotoDC and the schedule of this week’s events, visit www.fotoweekdc.org