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Portraits of DC

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Media Contact: Deirdre Ehlen

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), FotoWeek DC, and the DC Counts Campaign (DCCC) have partnered in a creative way to bring awareness and to encourage District citizens to participate in the 2010 Census. Through this joint effort, Washington DC photographers were invited to participate in the Portraits of DC photo contest. The competition drew hundreds of portrait submissions from all four corners of the District and at all skill levels. Applicants ranged from seasoned photographers to District youth with a budding passion for photography.   

Photos were selected by a peer panel representing diverse artistic backgrounds that not only based their selection according to the quality of the photo, but also the context of the subject of the photo. Portraits of DC is more than just faces on paper, it is about the authentic canvas of the New 202 through the lens of District residents. The images captured reflected a refreshing look at DC youth, recently naturalized citizens, artists, elders and uniformed police officers. The District has such a unique history that is unparalleled by any other place in the world. Its' residents come from every place on the map and every strata of the socio-economic spectrum. Portraits of DC is our attempt to capture the evolving diversity of DC and reinforce the importance of the 2010 Census count.

The 51 winners will be exhibited as a collection in places such as Social, a Columbia Heights restaurant, the Washington Convention Center and several other public venues. An opening reception will be held at Social located at 1400 Meridian Place, NW on April 27.

View the selected 51 portraits.