Posts Tagged ‘National Geographic Museum’

The Best D.C. Photography Exhibits of 2013

If you wanted to see good photography in D.C. in 2013, you had lots of options. Sweeping historical surveys? Sure. Tech-forward experiments? Yep. Landscapes, scientific images, personal explorations? Check, check, and check. Here, in descending order, are my picks for the best photographic exhibits in the Washington area this year.

1. “Black Box: Gerco de Ruijter” [...]

Reviewed: “Women of Vision” at the National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum exhibit, "Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment," begins with a somewhat odd declaration by the curator: "I cannot look at a photograph and tell you whether it was shot by a woman or by a man." Of course not—no one could. But as the text continues, the curator's idea [...]

Reviewed: “Beyond the Story” at National Geographic Museum

Really, this is getting a little ridiculous: The annual rite of masochism known as National Geographic’s "Beyond the Story" is here again, and in the 2013 edition, the indignities visited upon the photographers in the service of images not published in the magazine are more absurd than ever.
Last year, Nat Geo photographers braved the following [...]

Top 10 Local Photography Exhibits of 2012

Maybe it’s the national malaise, or maybe it’s just coincidence, but many of the finest photographic exhibits in Washington in 2012 have been meditations on loss—the Holocaust, extinct empires, far-away wars, hardscrabble young adulthoods, urban ruins and funerary rites.
Here’s one critic’s choice of the 10 best photographic exhibits of the year. Four of the 10 [...]

Reviewed: “Desert Air” at National Geographic Museum

Yet again, the National Geographic Society has mounted a photography exhibit that doesn’t just wow you with imagery; it also boasts a crazy backstory. In “Desert Air,” Nat Geo offers 15 years' worth of George Steinmetz’ stunning aerial views of landscapes, along with the motorized paraglider he uses to make them—a 90-pound contraption that goes [...]

Reviewed: Eliza Scidmore at the National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic exhibition “Samurai: The Warrior Transformed” explores not just the warrior culture of the samurai, but also the way Japan used the samurai to build bridges to the West. Appropriately, the organizers included an exhibit-within-an-exhibit of photographs by Eliza R. Scidmore, who first visited Japan in 1885 and who from 1910 to 1912 [...]

FotoWeek Preview!

Forget the inane spelling, FotoWeek DC is a killer event showcasing that arguably most accessible form of visual art–photography, duh–at venues throughout the D.C. metro area. The third annual event officially kicks off tomorrow and ends next Saturday, but tonight, for $45, you can attend the launch party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Attendees [...]

World Premiere of Contemporary Days: Robin and Lucienne Day Design the UK tomorrow at National Geographic Museum

The last interviews were conducted less than two weeks ago, but the film's still ready for public consumption: tomorrow evening the National Geographic Museum hosts the premiere of Contemporary Days: Robin and Lucienne Day Design the UK. The film documents power couple Robin and Lucienne Day, the foremost Mid-Century modern designers in Britain. The screening [...]

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