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“Snapshot” at The Phillips Examines History of Early Small Kodaks

by Borderstan.com March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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The interior of The Phillips Collection. (Photo by Vileinist in Borderstan Flickr pool)

From Mary Burgan. You can email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.

The Phillips Collection is a neighborhood treasure at the corner of Q and 21st Streets NW. It’s currently housing a show, “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard” about the impact of small, box Kodaks — the Apple i-Miracles of their time — on the creativity of Bonnard, Vuillard and a few like-minded painters in the 1890s and early 1900s.

No canvases in this superb, international exhibit surpass those furnished by the Phillips itself. And in addition to seeing how Kodaks could  prompt new ways of handling light and design, there’s the fun of discovering how often the artistic geniuses who bought them took snapshots the way the rest of us do: suddenly, to fix forever some moment with loved ones, especially kids.

Snapshot Home Movie Contest

The gallery is also conducting a video contest, “Snapshot Home Movie Contest.”  Entries are to focus on life at home with family and friends and each video should not exceed three minutes. Submit your entry online via a simple web form before midnight, on March 25.

The Phillips Collection will screen ten finalists on April 12 (they will also receive a copy of the “Snapshot” exhibition catalogue). On that night, the crowd will get their chance to vote for a favorite. Further, the winning video will be included in DC Shorts  this September, and the winning videographer will also receive a year-long membership to the Phillips Collection and a $300 gift card at B&H Photo.

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