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Mural Art in The Shaw Neighborhood
Take a trek with WPS through the Shaw Neighborhood, the epicenter of mural art in Washington, DC!
Guided by DC resident and WPS director E. David Luria, we will begin our photo Safari at 8th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest and make our way slowly through the streets, photographing all of the colorful mural art that greets us along the way.
We will find, for example, a memorial to Duke Ellington, the famous jazz pianist who was born in a house in Shaw, we will find colorful swaths of paint on many of the building walls and alleys. Many of the pictures have been done by DC’s premier mural artist, Aneikan Udofia, who has been commissioned by the city to decorate its walls.
Our photo Safari also takes us to the iconic Howard Theater , the Lincoln Theater, and to the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl, the black owned business that survived the 1968 riots and has been a favorite stomping ground for Barack and Michelle Obama.
Here are samples of the colorful images you will get on this safari
Along the way we will also photograph the unique African American Civil War Memorial, dedicated to the Black soldiers who fought in the Union Army in order to help defeat the cause of slavery.
Our Safari ends at 16th and U where you will find a huge portrait of one of the most popular women in the country, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- Telephoto Lens
- Extra memory cards
- Extra charged battery
- Accessories, such as filters
- Weather appropriate clothing
Meet at southwest corner of 8th Street and Florida Ave NW (put 800 Florida Avenue NW in your GPS), some parking available on nearby streets, closest METRO is Shaw/Howard University at 1701 8th St NW]. Safari ends at 16th and U St. NW.
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.