Leica Camera announces programming for 2012 FotoWeekDC

LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR 2012 FOTOWEEKDC

Celebrate photography at the Leica Store Washington DC with open studio events, lectures and Leica Akademie photo walks

Allendale, NJ (November 8, 2012) – Leica Camera, the legendary German camera and sport optics brand, announces programming for 2012’s FotoWeekDC Photography Festival. The Leica Store Washington DC, located at 977 F Street, NW, in the heart of downtown Washington, DC's Penn Quarter, will play host to numerous programs designed to excite and inspire photographers of all levels during the festival, which takes place throughout the nation’s capital from November 9 - 18. Events include an open shooting event with the Leica S-System and lectures by renowned photographers Gediyon Kifle, Terri Weifenbach and Craig Semetko as well as complimentary Leica Akademie walking tours featuring the Leica M-System and X2. FotoWeekDC’s mission is to provide exposure for photographers and to make diverse, high-quality photography accessible to audiences through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, dynamic programming and collaborations with the local and international community.

The gallery space of the Leica Store Washington DC debuts a new exhibition by Renowned Photojournalist Craig Semetko, featuring work from his book ‘UNPOSED.’ To celebrate the opening, two special lectures are taking place on Thursday, November 15 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. During these programs, Semetko offers insight into his unique and often humorous, view of everyday situations found in 'UNPOSED' in addition to a discussion on his current project through Kickstarter, 'America: E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One).’ From 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, an evening reception honors the exhibition opening. All are welcome and no RSVP is required for the evening event.

Additional noted photographers offer glimpses at their iconic photographs and also provide the opportunity to hear the stories behind the images during lectures held throughout the festival. On Sunday, November 11, Local Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer Gediyon Kifle presents “Making a Moment Decisive.” The two-hour lecture occurs at 12:00 PM and again at 3:00 PM and focuses on Kifle’s capture of compelling images of human rights issues and social action. Join Fine Art Photographer, Author and Photography Instructor Terri Weifenbach for the lecture “Photographs and the Printed Book” on Monday, November 12 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Weifenbach’s presentation provides insightful thoughts about her work, which is represented in permanent collections of Sir Elton Photography Collection, Museum Ludwig, Koln Germany and Hermès, as well as a discussion on her personal photographic process and concepts from her extensive book repertoire.

The Leica Store Washington DC kicks off FotoWeekDC with an open studio shooting event featuring the Leica S-System on Saturday, November 10th from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Participants receive hands-on time with this revolutionary tool that sets new standards for medium format photography and enjoy a full studio set up with live model, lighting and workstation.

The world famous Leica Akademie presents a series of walking tours featuring Leica’s flagship M-System and the classic X2 on Wednesday, November 14 and Friday, November 16. Designed to inspire while spurring creativity and encouraging photographic exploration, the free programs are offered on November 14 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for the X2 and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for the M-System. Additional workshops occur on November 16 from 10:00 AM – 12:00PM for the M-System and 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for the X2. These events provide the perfect opportunity to “test drive” a Leica camera and receive personalized instruction from a knowledgeable instructor in real world shooting situations.

RSVPs for all lectures and Leica Akademie workshops should be made in advance to RSVP-DC@leica-store-dc.com. Please provide the name, date and time of the lecture or workshop you would like to attend in the subject line. Space is limited.

A unique lifestyle destination, the Leica Store Washington DC provides customers the opportunity to discover the art of photography with a retail space, a photography gallery featuring exhibitions shot with the Leica portfolio and a studio set up to demonstrate the exceptional performance of the Leica S-System.

For additional information and to RSVP, please visit http://bit.ly/PZmEH9  or http://www.leica-store-dc.com. Details on FotoWeekDC can be found at https://www.fotoweekdc.org.

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