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The five photographers now showing at G Fine Art all take pictures that live up to the exhibition’s name: “Independent Studies.” Several of these divergent artists produce fascinating works, others something less: Oliver Boberg’s photographs of blank-faced buildings are interesting in a low-key sort of wayuntil you realize that they’re actually photographs of scale models of buildings that Boberg has painstakingly sculpted, right down to their miniature tree branches and carpets of grass. Sarah Rossiter, a D.C. native now working in San Francisco, makes large color prints that ooze California: anonymous spaces inhabited by beautiful people reclining in the sun. Candida Höfer has created some interesting images of building interiors during her career, but the ones on display at G Fine Artincluding one of a Kennedy Center hallwayare largely uninspiring. Dana Hoey’s are less static; she hired actors to stage a manhunt, then photographed them. Though some of her compositions are skillful, their manufactured nature undercuts their power. The most memorable works in the exhibit are by Vik Muniz, an artist who has famously used such materials as dust to make his works. In one, Muniz photographs an array of bent nails and paper clips that mimic, with precision, an old Rembrandt sketch. The other, Team II (pictured), is even more remarkable: It is a team portrait of (presumably) a ’30s British soccer squaddrawn, with even more remarkable precision, in spilled chocolate syrup. It simply has to be seen to be believed. All the works are on view from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, to Saturday, Dec. 1, at G Fine Art, 3271 M St. NW. Free. (202) 333-0300. (Louis Jacobson)