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FotoWeek DC Kicks Off Tomorrow

It’s time again for FotoWeek DC, the week-long festival of photography that began in 2008. It kicks off with a launch party tomorrow night and runs through Nov. 12.

We’ve already reviewed a number of the exhibits. One of the others that's already open to the public is “Ocean Soul, Photographs by Brian Skerry” at the National Geographic Society, which offers a dizzying look at undersea life, from purple-hued jellyfish swimming through light-streaked waters to a stomach-churning, monumental image of "bycatch" tossed back into the sea by a commercial fishing trawler.

Other exhibits around town include “Big Cats, Vanishing Icons” at National Geographic, “Tom Wolff's U Street Portrait Project” at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, “Wild Horses of Sable Island” at the Embassy of Canada, “Mark and Maker” at Studio Gallery, “Mystify: Photography by Alexander Vasiljev” at Watergate Gallery.

Meanwhile, FotoWeek Central—the old Border’s location at 18th & L NW—has a long list of exhibitions and events, including the “World Press Photo Exhibition,” “Beyond Witness — New Approaches to Crisis Photography,” “The Nights of 9/11: Photographs by Hale Gurland,” “Facing Change: Documenting America,” and “Through The Lens of DC Youth.” Other events will be at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Busboys and Poets (Photo Slam 2011), and, at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, “A Celebration of Alternative Processes.” Full details on all programs at fotoweekdc.org.

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