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“Aperture: Photographs,” the latest art installation to open at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, follows the history of the Aperture Foundation, founded by American photographer Minor White in 1952 to celebrate the art form, with photos that span 50 years of the foundation’s magazine. Unsurprisingly, the exhibition is the cornerstone of the annual photography festival FotoWeekDC: The 90-work exhibit covers an enormous range of material, stretching from the early 1900s to present-day pieces. Among the artists featured are Depression-era photojournalist Dorothea Lange, contemporary portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, Hungarian war photographer Robert Capa, and dozens of other influential individuals. With such far-reaching work, the exhibit aims to uncover “the evolution of photography itself”: You’ll find photographs from White’s 1930s experimentation with lights and shadows, Stephen Shore’s early color photographs from the 1970s, and transformative cityscapes from contemporary artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, all under the same roof. The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to Nov. 15, at the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, 2801 16th St. NW. $6. fotodc.org.