American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) DC/South chapter invites its chapter members and guests to join us for “DC Picture Show” in 2010. The DC Picture Show was launched in 2009 as the “Share, See and Sip” with three events throughout the year. The DC Picture Show will kick off the first event on January 28, 2010 at Busboys and Poets in downtown Washington DC.
All the shows will be held at the 5th and K Street Busboys and Poets Restaurant in downtown Washington DC. The restaurant provides excellent audio/video facilities.
DATE – January 28, 2010 (Thursday)
LOCATION - 5th and K Street Busboys and Poets Restaurant 1025 5th St NW Washington, DC 20001 (MAP)
TIME – 6:30 pm to 9 pm
GETTING THERE AND PARKING – Closest metros: Mt. Vernon Square and Gallery Place-Chinatown (each two blocks away). There is ample car parking space near the venue.
ENTRY FEE - Entry to the show is free for ASPP members. Non-members will be charged $5.00
ASPP does not provide refreshments for the event, but Busboys and Poets has a full-service restaurant and bar.
The inaugural DC Picture Show will showcase works by ASPP members Vanessa Vick and Judy Heffner.
Vanessa Vick will present her work on the oil economy in Angola, and how it is fueling a construction boom by the Chinese who are hungry for natural resources. Currently the Chinese are building roads, fancy shopping malls and expensive houses at a rapid pace while the majority of Angolans are still living in abject poverty.
In addition she will show photographs of recipients of micro finance in Uganda and Malawi. A small amount of investment with knowledge of how to save, plan for the future and create a business plan can completely change people’s lives and help bring them out of poverty.
Judy Heffner will present her photography essay “On the Avenue, Faces of Del Ray,” which documents the entrepreneurs of Del Ray, Alexandria through environmental portraits, and profiles of their businesses.
The book grew out of a project at Northern Virginia Community College on documenting the new Northern Virginia. Del Ray had been a neighborhood in decline with an interesting history that has been revitalized in recent years, and transformed into a vibrant, eclectic, family-friendly community with a wide, and growing, variety of small businesses.
About Vanessa Vick
Vanessa Vick has worked around the world, in recent years focusing on Africa, where she has become known for her compelling portraits of life on the continent in stories ranging from brutal rebel insurgencies to public health campaigns.
Vanessa began her career studying commercial photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York and soon after began shooting feature photos and environmental portraits. She worked for several years as a photo editor at the legendary photo agency Sygma and later at U.S. News & World Report in New York City.
After receiving a master’s degree in photojournalism from Ohio University in 2001, Vanessa moved to Uganda on a Fulbright scholarship to document how AIDS had ravaged the lives of individual Africans. She has lived there ever since. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanessa has worked on such stories as the disintegration of the Zimbabwean economy, the inner workings of the Ogaden rebel group in Ethiopia and immunization campaigns in Nigeria.
She has also worked for Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and The Boston Globe as well as Essence, Vibe, The Guardian, and The Discovery Channel. She has extensively documented the two-decade long insurgency that has torn apart the social fabric of northern Uganda. Vanessa also shoots regularly for humanitarian organizations including the World Food Program, The United Nations, Doctors Without Borders and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.
Vanessa recently relocated to Reston, Virginia where she will be based until the end of 2010 and will most likely return to Africa at that time.
About Judy Heffner
An accomplished portrait, documentary and fine art photographer, Judy Heffner always looks for the art in everyday life, which is often a different way of seeing people, familiar places, and ordinary objects in their customary surroundings. In addition to her regular work, she has volunteered her time to document the outreach efforts of several area non-profit, public service groups including the Network Preschools, which serves at risk children and their families, and the Freddie Mac Heart Galleries, whose mission is placing foster children in permanent homes, with the aid of professionally made photographic portraits.. Judy studied photography at Northern Virginia Community College where she serves as a teaching assistant.
Judy holds a bachelor’s degree in English and publication from Simmons College, worked as a reporter and photographer for several community newspapers, and published an interview with former N.Y. Times Observer columnist Russell Baker in Editor and Publisher magazine while a student. She also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University. Before launching her photographic career, Judy worked as press aide to former New York Congressman Ogden Reid, legislative assistant to Sen. Patrick Leahy, public affairs director for a national trade association, and as a public relations consultant. She also worked as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She also has taught photography at the Howard Gardner School in Alexandria.
Her work has been exhibited at the Art League and Del Ray Artisans’ galleries, the Tyler Teaching Gallery at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria City Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center.