100 Portraits — 100 Photographers: Selections from the FlakPhoto.com Archive

For the past four years Andy Adams has been publishing FlakPhoto.com, a website that promotes contemporary photography from an international community of artists. This fall Adams partnered with curator and IndiePhotobookLibrary.org creator Larissa Leclair to produce a FotoWeekDC.org festival projection drawn from Flak Photo's ever-expanding digital archive. The exhibition features 100 dynamic portraits from an exciting group of photographers in all stages of their careers and celebrates the role that a thriving online photo community plays in the discovery of artists in the Internet Era.

In the spirit of the public art projection in Washington D.C., Adams developed an online exhibition in order to share the work of these artists with an international online audience, wherever they are in the world.

View the exhibition at bit.ly/100portraits

Since launching in early November the digital exhibition has been viewed by more than 30,000 visitors from 24 countries and the project has been featured in Wired Magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, aCurator.com and The Washington Post.

Read the press coverage at bit.ly/bundles/flakphoto/1

ABOUT THE FOTOWEEK DC EXHIBITION

100 Portraits screened at the FotoWeek DC festival in Washington, D.C. (November 6-13, 2010) at several exhibition venues: on the exterior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in the Satellite Central projection theatres, at Dupont Circle and on screens fixed to trucks traveling throughout the streets of the city.

View the Corcoran Gallery of Art projection at on.fb.me/Corcoran100

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

As an added fine art component to FotoWeek DC's NightGallery projections, the screening features 100 dynamic portraits from an exciting group of contemporary photographers in all stages of their careers, each selected from the digital archive on FlakPhoto.com. Our decision to highlight work from this website celebrates the role that a thriving online photography community plays in the discovery and dissemination of work produced by significant artists in the Internet Era.

Contemporary photo culture is marked by a continuous flow of images online, and our aim is to take a moment to recognize some of the noteworthy photographs published in this ever-expanding archive over the past four years. In this context, projected several times larger than life, these portraits look back at us and embody a louder voice in the discourse of the gaze.

ABOUT THE CURATORS

Larissa Leclair is an independent photography writer, curator, and collector, and founder of the IndiePhotobookLibrary.org. Most recently Leclair curated the exhibition Permanent Impermanence, a group show at the Washington Project for the Arts, including work by Todd Hido, Curtis Mann, and David Maisel, amongst others. She is a regular reviewer for Critical Mass. Larissa Leclair holds a BFA in Photography and a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA from Yale University. More about her at LarissaLeclair.com

Andy Adams is the Editor + Publisher of FlakPhoto.com, a contemporary photography website that celebrates the culture of image-making by promoting the discovery of artists from around the world. An online art space + photography publication, the site provides opportunities for a global community of artists and photo organizations to share new series work, book projects, and gallery exhibitions with a web-based photography audience. More about him at AndyAdamsPhoto.com

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Sincere thanks to each of these photographers for their gracious contributions to FlakPhoto.com and their collaboration in producing this exhibition! Most of them have made their work available online — learn more about them using the links at bit.ly/100portraits

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