July 22, 2018 - Photoworks Gallery

The Miraculous in the Mundane

July 6 to August 12, 2018
Saturdays, 1 to 4pm and Sundays, 1 to 7pm
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Sunday, July 8, 5 to 7pm


Presenter: Photoworks

Location: Photoworks Gallery - First Floor Arcade Building

Contact Phone: (301) 634-2274




Against a tidal wave of perfectly-crafted instagram squares, three documentary photographers are making pictures that honor the disregarded, even disdained, condition of authentic childhood. In these photos, the photographers uphold raw truths; the good, the bad, and the banal moments typical in the lives of children. It's no accident that these photographers are mothers themselves - tempered by the all too real experiences of bringing up very real children. By honoring and documenting the gritty truth, they craft a photographic style that challenges contrived portraiture and celebrates the miraculous in the mundane.


The photographers are Aniya Legnaro, Katie Jett Walls, and Chelsea Silbereis. Aniya Legnaro is a documentary wedding and family photographer living in Barbados with her daughters and husband, 2 dogs, and 5 turtles. She is an avid surfer, reader and coffee drinker and firmly believes that kids and the elderly hold the key to life. Kids have fantastic imaginations, with no fear or judgment. The elderly have fantastic stories from life lived and know time is too short to have fear or judgments.

Katie Jett Walls is a documentary photographer specializing in families and street photography. A proud resident of the District, Katie lives in a DC rowhouse with her nerdy husband and precocious kindergartner. Though her family would tell you all she ever does is take pictures, or talk about pictures, in fact she also reads lots of British crime novels, drinks coffee with the other school moms, and binge watches all the best shows.

Chelsea Silbereis is a photographer living in Connecticut. She creates photo essays of family life. She lives with her husband, two children, a dog and a cat. She likes to imagine the ghosts of pets past are also members of the household.