City Paper is not for tourists
The Phillips Collection wants to see 2020 from your lens, it has declared in its Instagram bio. For its upcoming exhibition Community in Focus, the Phillips is pulling together images from the community that capture this atypical year. The museum is inviting the public to submit original photos taken during 2020—and that includes you. The chosen images will be shared on the social media platforms of the museum and its partners in the project, including A Creative DC, Brightest Young Things, Exposed DC, IGDC, and Walk with Locals. The first few weeks of photo submissions are already being uploaded online, depicting historic moments in the District like a cellist playing in front of the White House during the Black Lives Matter protests in June and a multiple-exposure shot of mourners viewing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket at the Supreme Court. Life during the pandemic also looks like images of medical staff in protective gear, a physically distanced birthday party, an outdoor haircut with face masks, and an empty restaurant. The in-person exhibit will be on view at the museum and the Phillips’ satellite location at THEARC from Jan. 9 to Feb. 7, 2021. A digital version of the display will also be viewable on the Phillips’ website. Submissions are open until Nov. 29 and limited to one photograph per person. Images must be at least 1080 pixels on one side and labeled with the month and day it was taken along with the photographer’s last name. Submission details are available at phillipscollection.org. Free.