WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2010)—With the lens focused on rockers, presidents and wildlife, National Geographic will be a destination for photography enthusiasts during the third annual Fotoweek DC citywide celebration Nov. 6-13. The Society will present multiple exhibitions and public programs both at its downtown headquarters and museum as well as at official Fotoweek events at the Newseum. National Geographic is a Titanium Sponsor of this year’s festival.
The National Geographic Live lecture series will present five public programs during Fotoweek DC, including two signature events, “The President’s Photographer,” and “Music On…Photography: Danny Clinch.” For The President’s Photographer (Nov. 6, 7 p.m., ticket-holder reception at 6 p.m.; $20), four former White House photographers, Eric Draper, Robert McNeely, David Hume Kennerly and David Valdez, will discuss what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world. The event includes the premiere screening of the new National Geographic Television special “The President’s Photographer: 50 Years Inside the Oval Office,” airing on PBS channels Nov. 24 (check local listings). The program follows current chief White House photographer Pete Souza as he in turn follows President Obama from Air Force One to the heart of the West Wing. National Geographic Books is releasing the official companion book of the special, with the same title, on Nov. 2 (National Geographic Books; ISBN-10:1426206763; $35 hardcover). Images from the book — some iconic, others rarely seen — will be on display at the National Geographic Museum from Nov. 3 through May 1, 2011, and on the Newseum’s Concourse level from
Nov. 12 to 30. They will be projected after dusk on the exterior facade of several D.C. buildings — including the Corcoran on Nov. 5, Newseum on Nov. 10, Satellite Central in Georgetown throughout Fotoweek, and at House of Sweden on Nov. 13 — as part of Fotoweek DC’s citywide exhibit “NightGallery.” John Bredar, author of the book and executive producer of the television special, will give a presentation, highlighting some of the photographs, at the Newseum on Nov. 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Music On…Photography: Danny Clinch (Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.; $20) is the first of a four-part series of intimate evenings with renowned music personalities as they share their view of the planet from behind the camera lens. Clinch has photographed artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z, and his images have appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Spin and GQ, as well as on hundreds of album covers. He has published two books of his photographs, “Discovery Inn” and “When the Iron Bird Flies.” His keen eye also has served him well behind a video camera, directing Grammy-nominated music videos, concert films and documentaries. The series will continue in December with similar conversations with performers Neko Case (Dec. 1), Ben Folds (Dec. 3) and Andy Summers (Dec. 3). Series tickets for all four “Music On…Photography” programs are $72.
Also on the schedule for National Geographic Live during Fotoweek DC is Bizarre and Breathtaking in New Guinea (Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.; $18) with scientist Tim Laman, a rain forest biologist who has had 18 feature stories in National Geographic magazine. He’ll be sharing images from his time in New Guinea, where he recently shot stories. The following day, Laman will return with the family-friendly presentation Up High, Up Close in the Treetops (Nov. 6, Noon; $16 adults/$8 children 12 and under). For this fun, lively event, he will take audiences into the treetops of Borneo, sharing images of orangutans, colorful birds and other rain forest dwellers. As part of the free weekly film series “Tuesdays at Noon,” National Geographic Live will screen National Geographic’s Most Incredible Photos on Nov. 9. In this National Geographic Channel special, National Geographic Editor-in-Chief Chris Johns selects his 10 favorite photos from the 2009 issues of the magazine.
All programs (unless otherwise noted) will take place in Grosvenor Auditorium at 1600 M Street, NW. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nglive.org, via telephone at (202) 857-7700, or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free parking is available in the National Geographic underground garage for all programs that begin after 6 p.m.
On display at the National Geographic Museum through Feb. 6, 2011, is the exhibition Simply Beautiful: Photographs from National Geographic. The more than 50 images in the exhibition plumb the depth of National Geographic’s Image Collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an experience of visual delight, from stunning landscapes and magnificent wildlife to fascinating people and quaint locales. The exhibition makes one ponder what creates beauty in a photograph, and illustrates how photographers can compose an image that provides visual proof that there is beauty, often overlooked, in nearly everything. The exhibition is based on the new book “National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs” (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0645-0; $35 hardcover).
On the museum portico, “Great Migrations” (through April 11, 2011) celebrates the National Geographic Channel’s upcoming global television event of the same name. The exhibition includes more than 40 photographs displayed in outdoor lightboxes along with two video screens showing excerpts from the series. The seven-part television series, premiering Nov. 7, tells the powerful stories of many of the planet’s species and their movements, revealing new scientific discoveries with breathtaking, high-definition clarity. More information on the “Great Migrations” series is available at http://natgeotv.com/migrations.
On display in the museum courtyard through Nov. 21 are the photo essays of the 2010 All Roads photography program awardees: emerging photographer Sumit Dayal (Kashmir), mid-career photographer Tomás Munita (Chile) and pioneer photographer Rashid Talukder (Bangladesh). All photo exhibits are free.
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