U Street Portrait Project


Photography by Tom Wolff

October 28 - December 17, 2011

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday, Nov. 4, 7-9pm
In partnership with FotoWeek DC 2011

In this specially commissioned series, nationally recognized photographer, Tom Wolff, captures the community of the U Street Corridor through a series of portraits of local business owners, residents, and artists that make up this rich and culturally diverse area. Wolff looks beyond the facades to meet his subjects and engage the individuals that make up this incredible neighborhood. When viewing Wolff’s portraits we begin to feel like we are paused in an intimate conversation with the subject, and it is at that moment that Wolff has reacquainted us with our neighbor. He encourages us to stop and recognize that this vibrant neighborhood is not just comprised of the trendy new restaurants and bars, but also the people who enliven and enrich this community. Included among the almost 90 portraits featured in the exhibit are shots of owners and employees of U Street establishments such as George’s Shoe Repair, Stetson’s, Vida Fitness, and Lincoln Theater; Councilmembers Jack Evans and Jim Graham. The exhibit also features several members of the staff at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Foto Week 2011
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts has itself been a fixture on U Street for almost a decade, offering arts, education, and health programs for the community, with a special focus on those affected by cancer.

Additional programming presented in conjunction with the exhibitin include:

  • Arts As Healing panel discussion in gallery, Thursday, November 17 featuring Shanti Norris, Scott Stoner, Wendy Miller and Anita Boles
  • Artist talk & community potluck, Saturday, November 19 at 4:30 PM, Tom Wolff shares details on his photographic technique and stories from his experience capturing the people and culture of U Street, with photo critique and creative conversation
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