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One way Gottlieb was able to distinguish himself was by climbing on the roof of the Supreme Court — legally, of course. Gottlieb received permission to photograph the Capitol Dome from the top of the Supreme Court building at sunset, and the angle and colors of the image make it a memorable shot.
“Sunsets and sunrises are very challenging because every photographer has gotten up early and photographed Washington,” he said. “To do something where people look and it’s not the traditional Capitol Dome and the Reflecting Pool, which has been done over and over — to have a new way of looking at it — is the great challenge.”
Susan Bodiker, UDC’s executive director of marketing and communications, said the university was a natural host for the exhibit because of its obvious ties to the District.
But one additional connection between Gottlieb and UDC is that the work of Gottlieb’s father, William, a photographer of jazz musicians, was featured in an event earlier in the year.
Gottlieb recognized that anyone can photograph the Washington Monument or the Supreme Court building, but he hopes his images stand out because of their quality and because of his former life as a lawyer in the District.
“Washington: Portrait of a City” will be on display at the university’s Learning Resources Division (building 41, level A) on the main campus at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW through Dec. 17.