Posted tagged ‘photography’

Do You Like Old Photos?

September 19, 2014

Those familiar with this blog know that from time to time I post historic photos of the general area (Park View, the Soldiers’ Home, Petworth, & Columbia Heights, mostly). Well, as I’ve been collecting historic photos of Washington, often times I get many photos that don’t fall in those areas but are none-the-less interesting.

For those who like looking at old photographs, I’ve begun to scan my collection and post them on Flickr — feel free to look them over. Keep in mind a couple of things:

  • Currently, I’m more concerned about awareness that resolution. If you need to see a larger version for research purposes just ask me.
  • The collection will grow.
  • The scans are only as good as the equipment I currently own. I’m already thinking of how to improve this process.

Historic Washington Images(Click on image to go to Flickr)

Premiere Showing of Lorton Prison Stories Photo Project, Tomorrow, Saturday December 14th

December 13, 2013

b-Postcard-Chief-Frame-1Ward 1 freelance photographer Nancy Shia alerted me to an exhibition of prison photographs that will be held at All Souls Church Unitarian at 1500 Harvard Street NW on December 14th (tomorrow), from 1-4 p.m. From Nancy’s announcement:

Have you ever wondered what Lorton Prison was like?  Lorton closed in 2001.  After that DC prisoners were sent to all 4 corners of the US.  Lorton Prison was uniquely Washington, where prisoners were allowed and encouraged to keep strong ties to the DC community.

The premiere of the Lorton Prison Stories Photo Exhibit will be at All Souls Church Unitarian at 1500 Harvard Street NW on December 14th, from 1-4 p.m. in conjunction with the Reentry Arts and Information Fair of the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens.  The images are pictures taken at the Lorton Reformatory from 1974 to 1976.

The photo project is sponsored by a commemorative grant from the Washington DC Humanities Council.  The nonprofit organization sponsoring the project is the Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Courtney Stewart, Chairman.

There will be organizations present to assist reentering citizens and others who might need them.  There will be prison art, books, buttons, cards and other art about the criminal justice system available.  Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, December 15th. Ms. Shia is also Director of The Lorton Prison Stories Project.

Do You Like History, Photography, and Want to Explore More of DC? — Then Here’s A Great Opportunity for You!

June 5, 2013

Here’s an event that will be of interest to those who have an affinity for Washington history and photography — walking tours in June through August developed in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC, Washington Walks, FotoDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. I’ll be participating in the Ward 1, Park View tour.

The full announcement from the Historical Society is below:

Summer Urban Photography Series Registration is Open!

The Historical Society’s collections hold over 100,000 photographs that illustrate the history of Washington. Many of these historic images capture D.C. neighborhoods block-by-block and document changes in the city’s built environment over many decades.

Produced in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC, Washington Walks, and FotoDC, the Historical Society will hold photography workshops and walking tours to help capture neighborhoods throughout the city. Selected photographs will then be featured in an online exhibit and could even be added to the Society’s own collections!

Wymer - Anacostia
House on the corner of Stanton and Pomeroy Roads SE (Wymer Collection)

Workshop and Tour Dates

Photography Workshop A on June 15, 1-3 p.m.
Photography Workshop B on June 29, 1-3 p.m.

Park View (Ward 1) on June 22, 9-11 a.m.
Deanwood (Ward 7) on June 29, 9-11 a.m.
Anacostia (Ward 8) on June 29, 9-11 a.m.
Brightwood (Ward 4) on June 29, 4-6 p.m.
Logan Circle (Ward 2) on July 27, 9-11 a.m.
Connecticut Ave. (Ward 3) on July 27, 4-6 p.m.
Brookland (Ward 5) on August 3, 9-11 a.m.
SW Waterfront (Ward 6) August 3, 4-6 p.m.

To register, please click on the above event. Since space is limited, there is a registration fee to secure your space in the workshops or tours. This fee will be refunded upon completion of the program.

We recommend that participants come to one workshop and at least one neighborhood tour. Participants should bring their own camera, even your smartphone will do!

This series is sponsored in part by:


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Adam Lewis or call 202-249-3952.

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