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No singular element ties the eight photographers of Randall Scott Gallery’s latest show together beyond the curator’s admiration for each of them, which makes “8” a grab bag of intriguing images from New York to Japan to Iraq. “8” features two photographers at a time for two weeks only, but a selection of every artist’s work shared the walls for one day only July 11. With a blend of portraiture and photojournalism, Scott keeps things interesting. The first installment features Kyoko Hamada, easily the most playful of the bunch, and Tema Stauffer. Hamada deals in spare scenes and clean lines: The sturdy form of her “Boy With a Shovel” is echoed by a skyscraper behind him, while the faint outline of a clock’s previous placement on a wall is right above it. Stauffer turns her eye to isolated, fluorescent-lit gas stations at dusk. Beginning July 26th, Scott swaps out their work for that of Peter Van Agtmael and Jessica Dimmock, both photojournalists. Van Agtmael’s Iraq War photographs are high drama—a raid on patrol, a bloodied hand—while Dimmock’s photos of drug addicts in New York represent a quieter desperation. On August 9, two portraitists, Shen Wei and Alexandra Catiere, take their turn, aiming their lenses at an aging belly dancer and tired Belarusian commuters, respectively. The show concludes with Ryoko Suzuki’s and Alison Brady’s respective takes on chauvinism, with Suzuki placing herself in the shoes of a hyper-sexualized Japanese doll and the women of Brady’s shots getting stowed away in suitcases and rugs. The exhibition is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, to Friday, Sept. 5, at Randall Scott Gallery, 1326 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 332-0806.