July 26th Coffee, Cameras, & Conversation Event: National Zoo Photowalk

When: Saturday, July 26th from 10am-2pm

Where: Smithsonian National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Join us on Saturday, July 26th for a National Zoo photo walk. We will be meeting at the west entrance located on Connecticut Ave. at 11am (look for Andy in the Leica T-shirt). The Zoo is metro accessible from either the Cleveland Park or Woodley Park Metro Stations.

Unfortunately, we cannot capture the true essence of these magnificent animals outside of their natural habitat. However, today’s Zoo's do play a crucial role in species conservation and also in educating the future generation on how to preserve our planet’s natural spaces.

For this excursion, I recommend bringing the following with you in your kit: A long focal length lens, 75mm+ (don’t worry if you don’t have one, sincethere are plenty of photo opportunities for wider lenses too), a tripod or monopod, an extra battery, plenty of water.

AUG 9

Join us on Saturday, August 9th at 6-9PM for the opening of STRATA Collectives exhibit, "Faith".

As both photographers and engaged citizens, the members of STRATA Collective explore the notions of faith and the things people hold onto in times of uncertainty, whether it be God, country, communities, resources, family, or ideas. We’ve seen these struggles play out in towns and cities across the country - human dramas that unfold in the street. It’s on the street that faith is proclaimed, tested, reinforced and abandoned, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape."

This collection represents both new and previously exhibited photographs by the Strata Collective, specially curated for this exhibition under the theme of “Faith”.

Strata is a photography collective borne out of a shared passion for the still image. Its members seek to document the beauty, humor, mystery and absurdity in the quotidian. We are not interested in stock photography nor in images that are simply illustrative.  STRATA strives to create images that are hard to make and even harder to categorize. Pictures that raise more questions than answers and reflect an eclectic, diverse worldview.

AUG 10 - Create Demand for Your Art Lecture by Jennifer Schwartz

Speaker, Jennifer Schwartz will discuss how to launch a body of work through both traditional and non-traditional avenues. She discusses how to create innovative programs that engage people with their images in meaningful and memorable ways. Her lecture “Create Demand for Your Art” empowers photographers to strategically and effectively cultivate audiences for their work. This talk compliments the book, Crusade For Your Art: Best Practices for Fine Art Photographers, and is geared toward photographers of all levels who want to explore creative ways to get exposure and build collectors.

She is the creator/director of Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization focused on cultivating demand for art, specifically fine art photography. Jennifer owned a fine art photography gallery in Atlanta (Jennifer Schwartz Gallery) for five years, showcasing the work of emerging photographers. She also created the online project, The Ten, and is the co-creator of Flash Powder Projects.

Jennifer regularly participates in portfolio reviews such as PhotoNOLA, PhotoLucida, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, FotoFest, Medium, Filter and others. She was invited as a curator to the Lishui Photo Festival in Lishui, China in 2011 and travels around the country giving talks, guest-lecturing at universities, leading workshops and hosting photographic retreats with Flash Powder Projects. In the spring of 2013, she traveled around the country in a 1977 VW bus, engaging audiences with photography. Her book, Crusade For Your Art: Best Practices for Fine Art Photographers was published in March 2014.

AUG 15 "Everybody Street" Documentary Viewing

Join us on Friday, Aug. 15th at 7pm for a special viewing of the Street Photography documentary "Everybody Street" directed by Cheryl Dunn.  Space is limited and RSVP is necessary. Please send your RSVP to andy@dgdcphotography.com.

The New Leica T: Capturing the Essence

Stop in the store and experience the Leica T first hand!  We'll be happy to show you the beauty and technology behind this revolutionary new system.