If you’re walking near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this fall, you’ll see some arresting photographs, award-winning pictures of fellow District residents that are part of an outdoor exhibition called “Audio Portraits: Artists and Subjects In Their Own Words.” You might be thinking, “I’d love to find out more information about those photos, if possible from the subjects and photographers themselves.” Well, voila! You can. All you have to do is pull out your cell phone and dial the number next to each picture. You’ll get detailed descriptions of the artworks, which were picked as part of the “51 Faces of D.C.: Census 2010 Portraits Contest,” created to help encourage participation in the 2010 Census. Along with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the project is being put on by D.C. Listening Lounge, a group of not-at-all-nerdy radio enthusiasts who throw parties and listen to each other’s short programs—everything from documentaries to sound collages. If you feel yourself being overtaken by this type of audiophile-mania, just head over to N Street NW this fall and winter to see the portraits—and don’t forget your cell phone.
THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW ON N STREET NW BETWEEN 7TH AND 9TH STREETS NW. FREE.