I went to the press preview for the William Eggleston exhibit at the Corcoran gallery last week (gorgeous — read Krista’s fab review of it here) and tucked into the press materials was a short intro to this new exhibit, “Neighborhood Watch,” by Corcoran art professor Claudia Smigrod. Smigrod raised her children in Alexandria in the early eighties, and, being a photographer, spent her time shooting portraits of her children and their neighborhood friends. Twenty years later, she decided to revisit these pictures and photograph the children again — this time, grown up. The result is a stirring series of portraits that are both introspective and captivating. Many of the images ran in the Washington Post Magazine this past weekend, and all of them are fascinating. Each person speaks of what they believed in then, and where their head is now. It’s a simple but brilliant exercise, and I can’t help we’d all be a bit better off if someone took the time to stop, take our picture, and ask us where we came from.
The exhibit will be on view in the Corcoran Corridor, Corcoran Gallery of Art, from July 1 to Aug. 9. Take advantage of the free Saturdays and check it out.