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TO NOV. 26
Aside from teaching photography at American University, little connects the five photographers in “Studio 311: 5 Profiles.” Still, much of all their work is impressive. Miroslav Vojtechovsky offers a series of understated, high-contrast photographs of vegetation (Bushes Near Palmovka I (Prague) is pictured) that recall the images of roots and brambles made by Lee Friedlander in the American Southwest. Except Vojtechovsky made his stills in the ’70s and ’80s, roughly a decade before Friedlander printed his—and Vojtechovsky’s cleaner, easier-to-resolve lines are ultimately more winning. Iwan Bagus’ matrix of photographs documents one male and one female model, both middle-aged; the piece is notable mainly for its unsparing depiction, highlighting every freckle and body hair. Leena Jayaswal’s images are no more artistic than those of a seasoned wedding photographer, but they do successfully explicate the matrimonial traditions of India. Ann Zelle’s dreamy depictions of alternately foggy and clear-skied natural settings are hardly original, but her placement of three Everglades images side by side on one wall offers a harmonious symphony of aquas and greens. By contrast, Libby Cullen uses black and white to compose her varied series of enigmatic photographs. The eight images—which range in subject matter from the suburbs to old-world piazzas—make the most of their distinctly horizontal format. One untitled image features a young child playing with a dog on a brick path; each visual element veers, in pleasing fashion, diagonally to the photograph’s dominant geometry. The exhibition is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, to Tuesday, Nov. 26, at American University’s Watkins Gallery, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. (202) 885-1670. (Louis Jacobson)