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Exploring our World through Photography: Reporters without Borders 2012

Currently inside the Warner Theater, a gallery for fotoweek, with an exhibition called Reporters without Borders is on display. Upon entering the exhibit, I felt as if I stepped back into time and was able to travel to every significant event the world has seen since the 1950’s. The show span through multiple rooms and down several hallways, allowing anyone so intrigued to spend an entire evening pondering the faces and places that each picture depicts. 

Since Reporters without Borders has been a show since the fifties, the front room presented works from each past year. Before evening examining this year’s work, I became lost in events that I had only every read about. Events like the Rwanda genocide, JFK’s assassination, the Bosnian genocide, and the Iraqi war were depicted in manners that caused a serge of emotions; it was an intense awakening to the realities of our world. For one to see and truly grasp the beauty and destruction that the world has witnessed is so powerful and vital to becoming world citizens. These photographers are more than artists; they are storytellers, writing a history that is legible in all language.

Moving on into the gallery, this year’s featured artist works are hung all around, there were small rooms dedicated to different locations, artists, and events.  The giant prints surround the viewer and can temporarily let them drift into the location in which the photograph was taken. One photo that captivated me was an image of four Haitian women who, due to serious injuries in the 2010 earthquake, were amputees. The women were all dressed in brightly color clothing and stood in a line, upon first glance they looked rather jovial; than peering closer, I noticed a pain that could be seen in the eyes of each woman, and then I noticed the missing limbs. They stood together in an exercise class; overcoming hardships and showing the strength they have as individuals and as symbols of their nation’s resilience.

The earthquake that devastated Haiti is only one of the recent events that Reporters without Border documented. These events are life changing, and crucial to how our society exists. These artists do amazing work that allows the world to become connected and for citizens of all nations to begin to conceptualize how others live and what they have endured in there lifetime. Reporters without Borders is on display until Sunday, November 18th and guarantees to be one of the most moving photography shows of the year.

Bringing the Art in DC to You,


Seeing the City through a Different Lens

October 26, 2011

Most people do not see gritty urban areas as the subject matter of art. Kate Boone, on the other hand, has based her entire body of work on them. A D.C. native, this photographer thrives in surrounding cityscapes, turning often decaying cement landscapes into thought-provoking imagery. Her use of distinct compositional elements and the documentation of street art capture the raw essence of the city and draw in the viewer.

Boone has always been a photographer, even at a young age shooting images with a Polaroid camera. Of this long-standing passion, the artist says “Even when I was a kid I would experiment with taking pictures of sewers and random trash strewn about. For me, there is something poetic that triggers me and it comes naturally to simply call it art.”

Inspired by the upcoming FotoWeek DC, ArtSee will be hosting Kate Boone and an exhibition of her photographs during Sundays with ArtSee on Sunday, November 13th.  In light of this event, we wanted to ask Boone some questions about what drives her work.

Our Shadows

ArtSee: How does something inspire you for a good “shot”?

BOONE: It has to strike a chord with me. Usually my photographs have something to do with words, or a place that triggers a memory.

ArtSee: Is your camera always with you…just in case inspiration comes along?

BOONE: Nine times out of ten it is with me. Whenever I go anywhere other than to work and back pretty much.

ArtSee: I notice that different cityscapes are a recurring theme in your photographs (Baltimore, Philly, etc.); what is it about urban areas that drive your work?

BOONE: I am a city girl and to be quite honest, I really like dirty, grungy places. I like the rawness of the streets and love to capture what people usually look as unwanted and show that at least someone finds it endearing.Stuck

ArtSee: How do you believe composition plays a role in your photography?

BOONE: Composition is a major part of my work. There are so many street photographers out there that you have to have something different to be set apart. For me this is the way they are displayed as miniatures and pink captions for that extra pop.

ArtSee: Do you ever create the “subject matter” (often street art) in the photos yourself? Or do you prefer taking an outsider’s perspective?

BOONE: I would never set up a photo.

ArtSee: What’s your favorite picture you’ve taken?  Or, which do you believe best represents your body of work?

BOONE: It is a Polaroid of a guy I used to know about to get hit by a train.

ArtSee: Do you have a favorite graffiti slogan you’ve come across that really stuck with you?

BOONE: There are so many, one that has definitely resonated with me is “Never date a bartender” outside some sleazy dive bar in NYC that has since been shut down.


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Don’t miss Kate Boone and ArtSee at Veritas Wine Bar on Sunday, November 13th from 5-7 pm! Check out our Facebook invite if you wish to RSVP.


Bringing the Art in D.C. to You,


Kendall E. Willey