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Posted at 1:19 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Picture perfect: March's must-see photography exhibits

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Kate Simon's 1977 photo of poet Patti Smith and the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe is part of "Image/Fame/Memory" at Irvine Contemporary, opening Friday. (Detail; Kate Simon -- Courtesy of Irvine Contemporary)

In this week's Weekend cover story, we break out our cameras and get ready to step up our photography game with the help of area pros. But March isn't just a great time to shoot cherry blossoms. It's also packed with photo exhibits that are sure to offer some inspiration.

Irvine Contemporary enlists a who's who of photography for its latest exhibition, "Image/Fame/Memory," opening Friday. Three of the photographers, Curtis Knapp, Billy Name and Gerard Malanga, chronicled the art, the parties and the people of the Warhol era, while Kate Simon snapped early shots of the Sex Pistols, Madonna, Patti Smith and others who gave New York its cool in the '70s and '80s.

Get tickets now if you're planning on attending one of the two receptions for the popular DCist Exposed show at Longview Gallery. Yes, you have to buy tickets to an opening. But the goal is to make the event less like a hellish snow-day traffic jam and more like the convivial art opening it should be. The show, which will feature nearly 50 D.C.-centric photos plucked from hundreds of submissions by local amateur photogs, is up March 15-27. (Admission to just see the exhibit is free after the opening parties.)

The newly minted FotoDC is a year-round extension of the popular FotoWeek event, and its first splashy effort brings two exhibitions to a Crystal City office building under the banner "Flash": "Five x Five" features the work of five photographers, selected by five curators. "FotoDC Panel Selections" is a group show of photos by local shutterbugs, picked by jurors. Go during the opening bash March 18 from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you want to see more from the photographers profiled in this week's issue, one currently has his work featured in an exhibition; Mark Parascandola's photos of the spaghetti Western movie sets built and then abandoned in Spain are part of "Like Nowhere I've Been: Landscapes de un Sueno" at Evolve Urban Arts Projects. (Concert photographer Josh Sisk, also featured in the story, will have his photos of Rye Rye, Tabi Bonney, Double Dagger, Beach House and other music acts featured in an exhibition next month at Baltimore's Windup Space, so save the date for that, too. It opens April 6.)

Finally, you can see the work of one of the photographers from today's story in "Mirror to the World: Documentary Photography 2011." Frank Van Riper curates a roundup of the narrative photography of six local photogs, including Mark Parascandola, Friday-April 17 at Photoworks in Glen Echo Park. An opening reception will be held March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 10, 2011; 1:19 PM ET
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