The Arlington Historical Society (AHS) will host the filmmakers and photographers behind the Columbia Pike Documentary Project at its next public program on Thursday, November 13.

The Columbia Pike Documentary Project (CPDP) is a team of photographers and interviewers who have portrayed the contemporary life of people and sites along the exceptionally ethnically diverse and rapidly changing Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington. Columbia Pike is one of the most culturally mixed neighborhoods in the Washington, DC, metro area.

Five photographers – Lloyd Wolf, Duy Tran, Xang Mimi Ho, Aleksandra Lagkueva, and Paula Endo – have been collaborating on the visual materials since 2007.

The team has made thousands of powerful documentary photographs of the faces and places along the Pike, and has compiled a number of oral histories. The photographs are available for viewing on the project’s blog, www.pikedoc.org. Arlington Video Network (AVN) produced an Emmy-nominated video about CPDP, which is viewable online here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0rEDZeb3FY. A preview video of the AHS program can be seen here.

The record CPDP has created of this rich melting pot has been undertaken in a thorough, insightful, and aesthetically powerful way. Its meaning to the community has continued to grow as this section of Arlington County gentrifies and redevelops. Older established ways of life are still in place, alongside large numbers of new citizens from every continent. Buildings and businesses from earlier eras coexist with new development, much as the people do, in relative harmony.

CPDP is currently working on a book, Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project, which will be published in conjunction with the University of Virginia Press.

The main speaker for CPDP, Lloyd Wolf, is an award-winning photographer with work collected in the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, American University of Cairo, and numerous other institutions. His work has been exhibited in over 100 national and international exhibitions. Wolf’s books include Jewish Mothers: Strength Wisdom Compassion, Jewish Fathers: A Legacy of Love, and Facing the Wall: Americans at the Vietnam Memorial. He has taught at George Mason University, Shepherd College, and to homeless and immigrant youth.

The hour-long program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium (1015 N. Quincy Street). A question-and-answer session will follow. The program is free and open to the public. For additional Central Library information, please contact 703-228-5990.

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