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In its ease of production, photography has often been accused of providing a refuge for the talentless, but on the evidence of “Street/Smart: Using the Street Aesthetic,” a show of pictures by 21 street snappers, the medium has instead attained a certain democratization of vision. Perhaps it’s just the overall high quality of the work on display, but the success of contemporary street photography seems less a triumph of the individual artist than a testament to the undiminished viability of a shared view. Life being what it is, there remains a fascination in the “blooming, buzzing confusion” offering itself ever anew to the lens. The exhibit includes works by Carl Bower, Sueraya Shaheen (whose San Salvador, December 1994 is pictured), Paul Roth, and frequent Washington City Paper contributor Darrow Montgomery. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. (703) 524-1494. (Glenn Dixon)