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About two-thirds of Leena Jayaswal’s photographs at International Visions gallery are conventional black-and-white or color prints made in India—street scenes, weddings (pictured), religious rituals, architectural details. Some of the works are rather uninspired, but others are impressive: vertiginous perspectives of street traffic cut by thin zips of aerial wires; grainy, decontextualized, and unnaturally flat portrayals of steps descending to a river; and a spoof on Robert Frank’s famous bus-window images from The Americans, showing a row of riders’ backs rather than their faces. However, the photographs that steal the show are Jayaswal’s Polaroid-transfer prints—images made by placing a partially developed Polaroid emulsion onto paper. This process’s lush, painterly colors and indistinct grain are reminiscent of the century-old autochrome process, and though autochromes died out in the ’30s, Polaroid transfers remain alive and well. Many artists who work with the medium stick to capturing broad, undetailed shapes, often with a sentimental perspective—elemental landscapes, for instance, or quaint buildings or flowers. By contrast, Jayaswal, an American University professor, takes a more experimental approach. In one image, she makes the geometric exterior staircases of an otherwise bland modernist apartment building seem almost lyrical. In another, she documents a street scene featuring a Mahatma Gandhi lookalike. Taken as a whole, Jayaswal’s images demonstrate that finding the right technique is almost as crucial as having a good visual imagination. The show is on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and by appointment, to Monday, March 1, at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 234-5112. (Louis Jacobson)