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FotoWeek DC Emerges in the City

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 19, 2012 01:11

This year marks the fifth anniversary of FotoWeek DC. 

FotoWeek DC is a festival that provides exposure for photographers across the District.  It allows photographers to make diverse, high-quality photography accessible to audiences through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, dynamic programming, and collaborations with the local and international community.  

The president, founder, and executive director of Foto Week DC Theo Adamstein, realized that there were limited non-profit arts organizations that were dedicated to serving the photographic community. A photographer and architect by profession, Adamstein started FotoWeek DC in 2008. The first year was extremely successful welcoming more than 20,000 people.    

Margaux Faris, operations and development manager for the festival, declares that it has grown even more since then. “For a non-profit to get bigger and bigger every year, budget wise, and in terms of the programming we produce every year, it’s been pretty tremendous,” she said. 

The festival features an International Awards competition that honors extraordinary work in photography from all over the world. It also includes a youth photo contest, and photography from Thumbnail and Instagram

FotoWeek DC has also launched “Uncover Discovers”, an annual metropolitan search for photographic excellence. From over 200 portfolios submissions, curators select 10 photographers whose work demonstrates an exceptional level of excellence in a cohesive body of work. 

With a small number of galleries in the District dedicated solely to photography; FotoWeek DC wants to display the culture on a larger platform. 

“We want to get their work sold, get it seen, raise awareness as to what to is exactly being portrayed in their images as well as get their names out there,” Faris stated. “We’re really about serving photographers.” 

As FotoWeek DC comes to a close, attendance is predicted to surpass 40,000. 

Amber Hamm, a resident of Maryland said, “This is my first year attending the festival, I heard about it through a friend and I have to say I am very impressed. The photos have a way of really capturing your attention and telling a story.” 

As FotoWeek DC continues to spotlight the photographic culture in the District, residents should emerge themselves in the rapidly growing trend.

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