Is it possible that some of the more impressive photography in Washington right now has been produced by near-amateurs? Judging by the nearly three dozen juried works in the ninth annual International Photography Competition at Bethesda’s Fraser Gallery—drawn from a pool of more than 500 entries submitted by both locals and out-of-towners—that may be the case. True, the works are more likely to pay homage than offer an entirely new perspective—Walter Hobbs’ foggy urban nocturne echoes the cityscapes of Alfred Stieglitz, for instance, while George Borden’s nighttime image of Key Bridge is a dead ringer for a Michael Kenna, and Sharon Dowis’ image of tire tracks in the snow recalls those André Kertesz made from his apartment above New York’s Washington Square Park—but they are carried out with such impeccable technique that one has to forgive the familiar tropes. The worthy works are too numerous to list here, but a few deserve special note: Edward Hahn’s small dock floating unassumingly in tranquil waters; David Quinn’s dreamily blurred seascape in late afternoon; and Allen Russ’s centrifugal symphony of blues at a Scottish pond.
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