Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GEICO/DCP Productions Hockey 75 years ago

November 2011--Maryland--The set of the commercial Hockey 75 Years Ago produced by DCP Productions for GEICO. Creating the set of a hockey game in the 1930s: wire screen barriers, wool uniforms, and no helmets.......
Director Don Cherel...preps for the fight.
The Fight!!
The press photographer with the 4x5 camera.
The vintage look, fog and "sepia" light.
Vintage clothing, authentic look.

Photo notes: Making production stills on a film set is a delicate dance. Working with each department, documenting as many aspects of the production as possible, takes quick actions and staying out of the way. Knowing when to make an image and being a team member is vital. The lighting is designed for the latitude of film. Thus it does present problems for digital photography but knowing how to meter and choosing an exposure (& ISO) helps to make good images.

Photographs copyright 2011 Laurence L. Levin

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What's Next FotoweekDC

Fotoweek DC Event What's Next 2.0

Saturday November 12, 2011 @ 9:30AM

Panel discussion on improving your photography career & business.

At the Artisphere in Rossyln, VA

Sponsored by FotoweekDC, The Artisphere ASPP DC/South Chapter

What arousing and wonderful images you have seen during FotoweekDC. Now you are inspired and hoping to create beautiful images, too. But you must be wondering, how you can make a career or elevate your photo business in this economic climate.

If you make a living in the photography profession or are considering one, this is a must attend event for you.

What’s Next is a one-day seminar that will provide stimulating discussion, thought provoking dialog, meaningful connections and ideas worth investigating about the photography profession and your photography business model.

Panelists include (in order of appearance):

· Mimi Dornack Director Client Development and Outreach, National Geographic Image Collection

· MaryAnne Golon with Chris Usher, Photo Editor and Photojournalist

· Michael Lutzky, Strategy and management consultant (former photojournalist)

· Pam Huling, in charge of Development at Mediastorm (former Director of Photo Services at Discovery Communications, Inc.)

· John Harrington, Photographer, Author, past president WHNPA

Saturday November 12, 2011 9:30am-1:00pm

Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre

1611 N. Kent Street
Arlington, Virginia 22209


Artisphere's Spectrum Theatre -- located at 1611 N. Kent Street -- please use the parking garage entrance on Arlington Ridge Road. This garage does not require validation


Three blocks from the Rosslyn Metro (blue/orange) Exit on Moore Street, turn right to Wilson Boulevard, left two blocks to Spectrum Theatre.

Buy Tickets online or at the door

Foto Week DC / What’s Next Panel Discussion

General Admission: $15


Student/military/senior: $9

More information:

Question, send me an email

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Best Buddies Challenge

October 22, 2011--Washington, DC--Over 1500 walkers, runners and bikers participated the Best Buddies Challenge fundraiser to support the mission of Best Buddies. To learn more go to the the website

Anthony Shriver riding with Best Buddies Board member Aaron Gershenberg and former Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Glee star Lauren Potter with Allyn Rose, Miss Maryland, Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA and Imani Bentham, Miss Teen DC.

Best Buddies' participants join Kool and the Gang on stage for the final song.

All images copyright 2011 Laurence L. Levin
All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fort Stevens: Now & Then

Fort Stevens, Washington, DC
Photography/Multimedia copyright 2011 Laurence L. Levin
Audio Greg Smith Archives, The American University

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stryker's America Screening

Saturday, October 15 3 pm
Screening of Stryker's America
Katzen Arts Center
American University
Washington, DC
After the screening a discussion of Stryker's America was done by panelists Beverly Brannan, Library of Congress, Delores Flamiano, James Madison University, Laura Katzman, James Madison Univeristy, Larry Levin, American University. After the discussion, co-curators Brannan and Katzman guided the guest through the exhibit Re-Viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam. Stryker's America is available from

Friday, September 30, 2011

Screening for Stryker's America

In conjunction with the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center exhibit

Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

Screening of the Documentary Film

Stryker's America: Photographing the Great Depression

A Film by Laurence L. Levin and Justin Schauble

Stryker’s America tells the story of how Roy E. Stryker, a low-level federal bureaucrat with integrity and vision, managed a massive New Deal project to document the Great Depression. Stryker lead the Historical Division of the Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1943. The photos in this collection—nearly 200,000 by both established and aspiring photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Edwin Rosskam and many others—became the defining statement of the era. Narrated by Beverly Brannan, curator of photography at the Library of Congress; Dr. Alan Fern, retired director of the National Portrait Gallery; and Peter Kuznick, professor of history at American University.

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 3-4 pm

è Film Program: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression, 2007, (23 minutes) followed by discussion and gallery tour.

Screening of film and panel discussion with filmmaker Larry Levin, adjunct professor of film and media arts, American University, and curators Laura Katzman, associate professor of art history, James Madison University and Beverly W. Brannan, senior curator of photography, Library of Congress

Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

This major retrospective examines the work of Louise Rosskam (1910-2003), an elusive pioneer of the “golden age” of American documentary photography. It features her poignant photographs of a Southwest, Washington, D.C. neighborhood before its destruction for urban renewal projects. It highlights her compelling images of Puerto Rico, as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth whose political status remains a contested issue. Guest curated by Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.


American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


Saturday October 15, 2011 3-4 pm film screening and discussion followed by Gallery talk and tour of the exhibition Re-viewing Documentary led by guest curators Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.

Free Parking in the garage

All events are free and open to the public