City Paper is not for tourists
Photographer Steven Bollman offers an apt description of his Leica Store DC retrospective Almost True—that although his photographs were made over a period of 30 years in many locales, they cover “just a few seconds in real time.” Bollman possesses a resolutely retro fixation with black-and-white, so much so that it’s hard to tell whether a particular image in the exhibition was made in Spain in 1985 or the Bay Area in the past year or two. Bollman also makes clear his respect for a century of photographic predecessors: In the 18 images on view, Bollman offers distinct echoes of Lewis Hine, Bill Brandt, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and, most strikingly, O. Winston Link in an image in which a 1950s-era car outraces a cruise ship under dark skies along Havana’s Malecon. His subject matter often verges on the grim with shots of an elderly, bedridden woman reflected in a mirror, a group of boys roughhousing as another child cradles a rifle, and a line of unhappy-looking Sicilians standing against a stucco wall. The absence of captions beyond the place and year robs his humble, weary subjects a chance to offer their stories. So, we’re simply left with their pictures. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to Sept. 3 at Leica Store DC, 977 F St. NW. Free. (202) 787-5900. leicastoredc.com. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
Legendary funk artist and producer George Clinton performs with his funk collective, Parliament Funkadelic, at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $45.
Author Jennifer Gilmore speaks at Politics and Prose about her new novel, If Only, the time-spanning story of two intertwined 16-year-olds, one who is forced to make a huge decision and the other who must live with it. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Rockville native Father John Misty, a rock singer-songwriter who recently released his fourth album, God’s Favorite Customer, performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$55.
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