If Shakespeare had a camera, what would he have captured? The Shakespeare Theatre Company explores that conceit with its exhibition of 24 photos of European locales by Nina Dunn. Among the most interesting are images in which Dunn collapses the plane of focus—a subtle recession of colorful, nested doorways in St. Petersburg, Russia, and a riot of umbrellas compressed into proximity with bathers and ancient grottoes on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Her finest works are understated: an aerial image of a surprisingly regular matrix of trees in Bordeaux, accentuated by a Barnett Newman-style zip of a road, and a nearly monochromatic view of Rome’s largely empty Spanish Steps, echoing Frederick H. Evans’ famous photograph of a flight of weathered steps in England’s Wells Cathedral. Ironically, Wells Cathedral is one place Shakespeare could have visited; it would have been a much easier hike from Stratford-upon-Avon than any of the other sights Dunn documents.
The exhibit is on view daily noon to 6 p.m. to June 2 at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. (202) 547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org.