World War II Memorial at Night

Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing in Normandy, France by photographing the World War II Memorial at night!

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The year 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of 1944, and so to commemorate the anniversary, Washington Photo Safari is offering a new Safari: World War II Memorial at Night.

Erected in 1994, the World War II Memorial is a stunning celebration of the heroic actions of the allies during World War II. What we in the U.S. call “the Normandy Invasion,” the French call “the Normandy Landing”. Because of its importance to their liberation from the dominant Nazi Army, they saw it as a landing by friends on their soil, not an invasion.

The memorial is located in between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, marking it as a tribute to one of the most important chapters in U.S. history.

The memorial consists of a beautiful fountain with arcing streams of water surrounded by columns that honor the all the U.S. states and territories from which the soldiers came. On the right side of the memorial are inlay bronze reliefs that describe the Atlantic side of the war, and on the left side are inlays that describe the Pacific War.

At night, the memorial is especially pretty as lights play on the fountains with the Lincoln Memorial in the distance. As one walks behind the fountains and aims to the east they see the rising Washington Monument and the Capitol in the distance. All these scenes are especially poignant in black and white, the medium we most associate with that era of film photography in the 1940’s.

Professional architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director David Luria will guide clients through the techniques of night time photography to get proper exposure, composition, and white balance in the photographs.

  • Chevron down What to Bring
    • Camera
    • Lenses
    • Extra memory cards
    • Extra charged battery
    • Tripod
    • Accessories such as filters, remote release, flashlight
    • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Chevron down Where to Meet
  • Meet next to flagpole on 17th Street NW at right side of entrance to Memorial when looking towards Lincoln Memorial. Closest Metro is Smithsonian on Blue/Orange Lines and Farragut North on Red Line. Limited street parking available.

  • Chevron down Your Instructor
  • 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.