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Urban Photography Series

The Historical Society has over 100,000 photographs that illustrate the history of Washington. Many of these collections, such as those taken by John Wymer, Emil Press, William Barrett, Garnet Jex, and others, capture neighborhoods block-by-block and document changes in the city’s built environment over many decades.

During the summer of 2013, the Society continued its mission by holding photography workshops and tours to help document neighborhoods throughout the city. The workshops covered various aspects of street and architectural photography as well as the documentation needed to accompany images for inclusion in historic collections. Participants also joined guided photo walking tours in one of the city’s eight wards in order to document Washington as it exists today. More information about the project can be found on our YouTube channel.

The Urban Photography Series is offered by the Historical Society in partnership with FotoDC, Washington Walks, Cultural Tourism DC. Pending funding, the Historical Society is eager to launch the next round of the Urban Photography Series!

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Other opportunities are available for sponsorship. Please contact Adam Lewis at or 202-249-3952.  

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