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It would be too easy to classify Titouan Lamazou’s photographic series, “Women,” as a United Colors of Benetton-meets-Oxfam tour through the poverty and prejudices women face worldwide—and how, despite the odds, they persevere. And when you stare into the beautiful faces of twins Soya and Awa from Mauritania, or the scantily clad Katrine and Noris from Colombia, or Rose-Marie, the nun from Uganda in her habit, it’s hard not to look upon them with pity and admiration. But Lamazou, who is French, saves his sympathy for his American subjects instead—particularly, women from Los Angeles. “There were so many waitresses, stripteasers, porn actresses,” he told the New York Times. “They have really hard lives, and I felt a lot of tenderness for them. They’re totally alone in their ambitions.” Two of those women—Daisy and Jillian—are the only ones to appear nude in the show. And while most of the other photos show the subjects in their villages, with their sisters and friends and support systems, for Daisy and Jillian each, it’s just a room, a photographer, and a woman.

THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW 11:30 A.M. TO 5 P.M. TUESDAY TO FRIDAY AND NOON TO 5 P.M. SATURDAY TO MARCH 30 AT ADAMSON GALLERY, 1515 14TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 232-0707.