Exhibition | The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. | Blue Note at 75


This summer I was lucky enough to be a part of the Blue Note at 75 exhibition for the anniversary of Blue Note Records! I was flown out with my mentor Brother Mike to Washington, D.C. for the weekend to spend time at the exhibition, join a listening party of historic Blue Note Records with Jason Moran (so cool!), and take part in a mentoring opportunity and photoshoot with Drew Xeron! I had such an incredible time with everyone I got to meet and spend time with and got to see a new city I hadn't been to before. :) 

First we went to Drew's studio in D.C. to have a private mentoring and portrait session with him and his models for the day. It was interesting to work in a studio with artificial lighting and a backdrop - something that I've never tried before as a natural light photographer. It was definitely a unique experience that I'm glad I got to try! After that we went to The John F. Kennedy Center to see the Blue Note exhibition that had two of my photographs included in the collection of iconic album covers for the last 75 years. Thanks again to the amazing mentors and educators who helped me be a part of this expereinc!

John F Kennedy Center Opera House
John F Kennedy Center back porch
Portrait of Katharine Hannah in Washington, D.C.

Katharine Hannah

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.