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Posted at 5:29 PM ET, 02/23/2005

Photography at Hemphill

By washingtonpost.com


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Logan Circle's Hemphill Fine Arts is boasting two new photography shows. The larger of the two is a collection of works by Max Hirshfeld. Entitled "One Shot," the series features single figures captured in varying urban backdrops of equal dimensions. Subjects range from teenagers to preachers, contemplative to joyful. As the title implies, Hirshfeld allowed himself one exposure to capture each of his subjects on film. The results: candid, compelling portraiture with a lot of personality.

Hirshfeld's bright, bold character studies are contrasted in the gallery's back room by a small showing of works by LIFE photographer Elliot Elisofon. Vintage prints from the 1930s and '40s feature scenes of sharecroppers and city sidewalks. Both shows are worth the trip, but together it's a can't-miss.

-- Maura

By washingtonpost.com  | February 23, 2005; 5:29 PM ET
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