DCist Exposed Photography Show FAQ
The fifth annual DCist Exposed Photography Show will take place at Long View Gallery from March 15 to 27, 2011. There will be two opening nights - March 15 and 16.
Long View Gallery is at 1234 9th St NW (Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/Convention Center).
I'm a veteran of this unique DC-focused event, having had a photo in the first DCist Exposed. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s show.
DCist.com is Washington, D.C.'s most popular local news and entertainment blog. Updated multiple times a day, it’s the site to check for news on the latest scandals, cool events to attend, and just general “news of the weird” about this region. Of particular infamy is its comment section, where a riotous crew of misfits offers ribald perspectives on the latest news.
The site is also known for high-quality photos submitted by readers. DCist.com prides itself on engaging and promoting emerging local photographers through its daily use of images from the popular, reader-generated DCist Flickr photo pool. Each day, DCist.com selects photos from the pool for use in its daily coverage of local news, arts and entertainment, food and sports.
How Were Images Selected for DCist Exposed?
More than 1,000 individual entries were submitted. Photos had to come from the DC area. A small entry fee was required. Images could only be lightly modified in Photoshop.
The 43 winning images were selected by a panel of judges - Aaron Morrissey, Lynne Venart, Ian Buckwalter, James Calder, Heather Goss and Samer Farha.
Join the DCist Flickr group if you want to be a part of the local photography community. It's a very friendly group, composed of all sorts of photographers with many different styles. You can learn a lot just by seeing how others capture the city.
Will I Like the Photos?
Well, thanks to the power of the Internet, you can see the winning photos. As you can see, there’s a wide range of styles from silky landscapes to gritty urbanism. DCist photogs have memoralized drag queens as well as the President of the United States. But this softly contemplative shot of the National Gallery of Art is my favorite.
Who are the Photographers?
The great thing about the DCist Exposed show is that it demystifies photography and photographers. Anyone can submit a photo to DCist. People take pictures with all manner of gear, from iPhones to expensive DSLRs. Check out The Cameras They Carried for an interesting analysis of the gear that last year's winners used. It's the photographer, not the camera, who makes the picture.
And like most artists, the DCist Exposed photographers have other jobs, from corporate lawyers to volcanologists. They're just like us.
What’s the Party Like?
There are two opening nights – March 15 and 16. Each night is limited to 500 attendees to avoid the crowded mayhem of previous years. Limiting the attendance will allow patrons and photographers to interact comfortably.
Many of the photographers will be there, standing by their works. There will be more people with cameras than you've ever seen in your life. Expect hipsters in skinny jeans and Russian film cameras. Gearheads with expensive Nikons. Women who could be models but instead lurk behind the lens.
Yuengling, America's oldest brewery, has generously donated Yuengling Lager, Yuengling Light Lager, the Spring seasonal Yuengling Bock, and Lord Chesterfield Ale. A selection of complimentary wine will also be available. (You must be 21 or older with valid ID to consume beer or wine at the event.)
Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Sequoia.
Tickets are $10 in advance. Get your tickets now – it will sell out.
Can I Buy a Photo?
Yes, the professionally-framed photos will be inexpensively priced, to aid beginner collectors. Talk to a photographer and buy their photo – they will be delighted.
There will also be a special event for emerging collectors, Emerge Exposed, on Monday, March 21, 7 to 9 p.m. Co-hosted by DCist and the Pink Line Project, a panel of experts will share tips and ideas on how to begin collecting art.
You can also buy a gorgeous magazine featuring the winning photographs from all five years of DCist Exposed. The issue can be purchased online for $27.50, which comes with a digital version, or at Long View Gallery during the receptions for $25.
I Can’t Make the Party – Can I Still See the Show?
If you miss the party, then you can still visit the Long View Gallery until March 27. The gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday from noon until 5 PM.
I want to start collecting photography. How can I learn more?
Attend the Pink Line panel discussion on collecting photography on Monday, March 21 from 7 to 9 PM at Long View. More info HERE.
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