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Kathleen Ewing Launches Photo Fair for (e)merge Weekend

Longtime D.C. photography dealer Kathleen Ewing is launching a photography fair that will coincide with the (e)merge Art Fair in early October.

The D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair will feature 15 galleries, with a focus on photographs from across the spectrum—from the 19th century to the contemporary. The fair, which takes place Oct. 5–7, will enjoy an elegant setting: the former Residence of the Ambassador of Spain at 2801 16th St. NW, a Beaux-Arts mansion that is now home to the SPAIN arts & culture program.

"I don't think I would consider it a 'satellite' fair," Ewing says. "I just thought it would be beneficial to have several cultural events going on in the D.C. area at the same time. Compared to (e)merge, my fair is very small."

This won't be Ewing's first rodeo. She was the executive director of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers for more than 20 years, during which she organized the association's yearly international trade show in New York City. And in 1989 and 1992, she hosted AIPAD photo shows in the District.

One dealer who participated in (e)merge in 2011 has signed on for Ewing's fair this year: George Hemphill. His Hemphill Fine Arts gallery is one of a handful of D.C. institutions signing on with Ewing, a list that includes Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Gary Edwards Gallery, the National Geographic Image Collection, and Ewing's own presence, which she has maintained in D.C. since 1976.

But don't read too much into the change-up, Hemphill says. "Last year we pitched in for Leigh [Conner] and this year we're pitching for Kathleen."

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