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DC art fair showcases unique photos

A crowd of collectors and photography enthusiasts gathered to view 18 of the best photography galleries from across the nation at the second annual D.C. Fine Art Photography Fair in Mount Vernon on Oct. 4-6.

The galleries beautifully collided with each other in small, white rooms with representatives from each exhibition eager to answer any and all questions. Although the photos were visually stimulating, the most striking aspect was the juxtaposition of the images in a single room.

The first exhibit featured the Rebekah Jacob and National Geographic collections all in one room. The faces of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr on the left, meeting the eyes of a southern pacific great white shark were striking.

Similarly, an image of a black woman holding a ‘Jim Crows Must Go’ sign and a photo of Antarctic penguins standing on a thin sheet of ice were housed under the same roof, telling a tale of history through images.

“I am honored…it truly reflects the power of a lens,” Julia Andrews, director of the fine arts program at National Geographic said.

Perhaps one of the most striking series of photos came from the Alan Klotz Gallery of New York, where Elliot Ross’ ‘Animal’ depicted a series of animals in regal almost-human poses.

The three-day art show proved to be a success not only for photography fanatics, but for regular college students with an appreciation for art and new experiences.

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