Top Photography Exhibitions to visit in D.C.

Checking out the latest exhibits and gallery offerings is a great way to take a break but stay relevant to our industry, find some new inspiration, destination, or technique to try, or meet other pros or potential clients. Exhibit and gallery hopping is definitely a win and not a waste, so give it a try some time soon. Here’s what I recommend in the D.C. area for the near future.

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Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations – National Geographic Museum

Dates: April 15, 2016 – October 16, 2016

It’s hard not to consider the National Geographic Museum when putting a list together about must-see photography. In celebration of the National Park System’s centennial, National Geographic is putting together a visual and educational exhibition on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, wildlife migration, and the innovative science behind conservation.

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The Art of the Airport Tower – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C. location)

Dates: November 11, 2015 – November 1, 2016

Perhaps you’ve been an aviation buff for a while now or maybe you’ve never given the architecture of the airport a second thought. Either way, I think you’ll find this exhibit a treat in appreciating the more subtle things in life that have a unique and special way of bringing people from all over the world together. Smithsonian’s Carolyn Russo takes us around the world exploring airport towers that help illustrate and define each area’s unique culture and community.

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Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery – Newseum

Dates: Currently closed, this gallery will reopen on September 16, 2016

This is a great exhibit whether you’re a visitor or a local. Updated each year with that year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, the gallery holds more than 1,000 images on file from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry since 1942.

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Intersections: Photos and Videos – National Gallery of Art/Corcoran Gallery of Art

Dates: May 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017

This one’s a unique blend of two collections from the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The founding photography fathers at both of these galleries is what sparked the inspiration for this combined effort. Alfred Stieglitz, with works that started the National Gallery of Art’s collection, and Eadweard Muybridge’s images from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, are brought together giving exhibit-goers a special opportunity to view highlights from a variety of artists from the 1840s to today.

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This is just a sampling of some of the great image exhibitions D.C. has to offer. Different collections come and go frequently – here are a couple sites I use to stay up-to-date on what’s out there:

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