Thursday, November 5, 2009

NC Photographer Chris Hondros to Show Work at FOTOWeek DC, Speak at the Corcoran Gallery

NC photojournalist (and alumnus of NC State -- go Pack!) Chris Hondros will show and discuss his work at the Corcoran Gallery at 500 Seventeenth Street NW in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 14th from 4-5 pm, as part of FOTOWeek DC.

Chris also has work in an exhibition in Washington entitled "Iraqi Voices," on the wall at Fotoweek Central 3, 3307-D M Street NW, in Washington, through November 14th, 2009. This show also has work by other photojournalists, including Andrea Bruce, Mimi Chakarova, Lori Grinker, Amro Hamzawi, Chris Hondros, Farah Nosh, Robert Nickelsberg, Moises Saman, and Peter Van Agtmael.

Chris is an exceptionally fine photojournalist who has been in dangerous places since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq, and Liberia.

His work has earned him numerous awards, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the International Pictures of the Year Competition, the Visa Pour L'Image in France, and the John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2006 Hondros won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography's highest honor, for his work in Iraq.

In spite of all this, when he spoke in Raleigh recently, he was in good spirits and could talk about making photographs in dangerous situations with candor, wit, and good humor.

FOTOWeek DC seems to be more about photojournalism and the international photography scene than other photography festivals held in the South. This seems appropriate for a city that is a world capital where history is being made all the time. The proximity of the National Geographic Society also means FOTOWeek DC shows lots of travel and nature photography. So its good to have someone as part of the program who brings a southern perspective to the world.

And if you don't think Washington, DC is in the South, you obviously haven't been there in the summertime.

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