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“A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart
and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.
It is, in a word, effective.”
— Irving Penn

Migrant Crossing - Vadim Ghirda
Rio's Golden Smile - Kai Oliver Pfaffenbach
Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge - Jonathan Bachman
Caretta Caretta Trapped - Francis Pérez

The World Press Photo Exhibition represents the year's best visual journalism and is seen by 4 million people in 100 cities across the globe. Lightscape is bringing the Exhibition to Washington DC, home of the people and institutions that drive thinking and decision-making on the issues behind the photographs. We are working with leading universities, think-tanks, embassies, international-, media- and civil society organizations to tell the stories behind the photos.

The images cover a broad range of topics and explore refugees/migration, conflicts in the Middle-East, climate change, race and policing, gender identity, and the human impact of the Zika virus, but also the US Rio Olympic team, National Geographic images of pandas, Usain Bolt's golden smile, Chinese gymnasts and a Spanish cultural festival. This is photojournalism at its best and most thought-provoking.

The venue is the Dupont Underground, the abandoned trolley station beneath Dupont Circle. This massive space will house 22 projectors casting 13' images of the year's most important stories, a wall of large prints of WPP prize-winning photographs and a retrospective of 60 years of Photos of the Year. There will be side-exhibitions from NPR, the International Women's Media Foundation and 4x WPP, Pulitzer and Anja Niedringhaus awardee Stephanie Sinclair.

The goal is simple: to use photojournalism to humanize complex issues, to bring people together to discuss and to learn, to support informed debate about the issues facing our communities, countries and the world around us.

Dates: 3 through 26 November (closed on Thanksgiving)
Times: 10AM to 7PM
Venue: Dupont Underground (19 Dupont Circle, entrance on 19th Street)

General admission is $15, discounted tickets $10, children under 14 are free (but should be companied by an adult, given the nature of the material on display).
Many visitors have asked us about coming back. You can leave your name with our volunteers at the entrance, after which you are welcome to come back as often as you wish.

We hope to see you at the Underground!


This project has been organized in just nine months by an all-volunteer force.
If you wish to support making the exhibtiion an annual event, please consider making a donation. Even a small amount goes a long way!

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