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Official Unofficial

Photographs of Washington DC

Juried by Sharon Farmer

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Official/Unofficial: Photographs of Washington DC is an online exhibition at Glen Echo Photoworks juried by the renowned photographer, Sharon Farmer. 
Official/Unofficial Washington DC challenges our assumptions about the nation’s capital, juxtaposing iconic images from the halls of political power with more intimate photographs of daily life in the District of Columbia. The exhibit portrays a complex and exceptional city in which the official and the unofficial co-exist, and sometimes clash, in extraordinary ways. 
Online Exhibition Opens October 1st.

Free Artist Talk - Thursday, October 7th at 7pm on Zoom. 

Recording of the Artist Talk - Watch now! 


Sharon Farmer is a professional photojournalist and exhibition photographer. For more than 45 years, she has shot news stories, political campaigns, cultural events, conferences, and portraits. Farmer has photographed for The Washington Post, the Smithsonian Institution, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Urban League, the Brookings Institution, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to name a few.

In 2016, Farmer received the Karsh Award at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The award was presented by Estrellita Karsh, the widow of noted portraitist and photographer Yousuf Karsh. Farmer served as Director of the White House Photography Office from 1999-2001. A White House photographer since 1993, she documented the Clinton-Gore Administration at it’s beginning.

Her photographic work resides in the collections of the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Howard University’s Moreland-Spingarn Collection, The District of Columbia Government; The Anacostia Museum and the National Museum of African American History & Culture of the Smithsonian Institution; The King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio; The South African Museum in Pretoria and in private collections.

Sharon Farmer majored in photography and minored in music at The Ohio State University inColumbus, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

Official | Unofficial
Photographs of Washington DC

National Gallery of Art 

Beth Altman
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