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CAH Exhibition: Our City, Ourselves

Our City, Ourselves: Women Photograph Washington

March 29 – May 21, 2021


Curated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. A virtual platform was used as an alternative to the brick and mortar gallery space, which is closed to the public due to COVID-19 health protocols.

Washington, DC, is a city of photographers—photojournalists, multi-media and conceptual artists, landscape and portrait photographers—many of whom train their camera on the city itself. This exhibition features work by women photographers who capture the heart and soul of Washington, DC: the people, places, and interactions that define the District.

The exhibition features 52 photographs by 25 artists. All artworks belong to the District’s Art Bank Collection.

Maria Bryk, Sally Canzoneri, Lely Constantinople, Sharon Farmer, Peggy Fleming, Roxana Alger Geffen, Tatiana Gulenkina, Linda Hesh, Lynn Kanaskie, Gloria Kirk, Katie Kirtland, Maggie Knaus, Roshani Kothari, Gwen Lewis, Kate MacDonnell, Cheryl MacLean, Susan Muniak, Heidi Nielsen, Caitlin Teal Price, Susana Raab, Alexandra Silverthorne, Clarissa Sligh, Martha Tabor, Diane Tuckman, Deborah Willis.

Learn more about the artists.



Closing Event

Thursday, May 20, 6-7:30 pm

Via WebEx
Watch the Recording Slideshow Video

PowerPoint Presentation Message from Austin Graff

Throughout the run of Our City, Ourselves, we invite photographers to take pictures across all eight wards of the District and share them on social media. Use the hashtag #OurCityCAH and tag the ward in which the picture was taken. On the evening of May 20, we will showcase some of the most powerful images and hear from their creators. This event is a community celebration of photographers, their pictures, and the inspiration offered by our city and its people.

Event Organizer: Roshani Kothari


Opening Event:

Tuesday, March 30, 4 – 5:30 pm

Via WebEx
Watch the Recording

Susana Raab
The Invisible Wall: Washington East of the Anacostia River

Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month

Women Photograph Washington: Featuring influential Washington women photographers discussing what it means to be a photographer in Washington, DC, today.

Panelists: Sharon Farmer, Kate MacDonnell, Susana Raab

Moderator: Leslie Ureña, Curator of Photographs, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery


Top Image, from left: Tatiana Gulenkina, Yonas, I(m)prints, 2016, Distressed cyanotype on paper, 10 x 8 in. | Gwen Lewis, F Street NW, 1999, Silver gelatin print, 12 ½ x 9 in. | Lely Constantinople, World Class Cuts, 2016, Digital print, 30 ½ x 20 ½ in.