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Photographer E. David Luria's Perfect Day in D.C.

The founder of Washington Photo Safari shares his favorite spots from the harbor at sunrise to 14th Street after dark

After 15 years leading camera buffs on the hunt for postcard-worthy shots, Luria certainly knows his way around the city. He heads to photogenic spots, plays spy and refuels with spicy guacamole. 

Morning: By Dawn’s Early Light

From Washington Harbour in Georgetown, I’d photograph sunrise on the Potomac River bridges. Then I’d head east for a coffee and croissant at Paul bakery and an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art.

801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.524.4500

6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, 202.737.4215

The Newseum flanks Pennsylvania Avenue (Sam Kittner, Courtesy Newseum)

Midday: Behind the Scenes

After an “uptown turkey” sandwich at the National Press Building’s Corner Bakery Cafe, I’d walk to the Newseum and study each Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. What’s the subject and how is it shown? Which techniques did the photographer use? What story does it tell?

529 14th St. NW, 202.662.7400

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 888.639.7386

Lipstick pistol
The KGB’s “Kiss of Death” lipstick pistol (Courtesy International Spy Museum)

Afternoon: Family Affair

My children call me “the fun king.” At the International Spy Museum, we’d assume fake identities and pretend to be on a mission. We’d watch James Bond’s car defend itself against a hail of bullets and walk through the Berlin tunnel exhibition. My brother was one of the U.S. agents who re-discovered that secret listening post in the early sixties.

800 F St. NW, 202.393.7798

Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano
Guacamole prepared and served in a traditional molcajete (Courtesy Rosa Mexicano)

Evening: Dinner and a Show

I like Rosa Mexicano for its classy fare and guacamole prepared tableside. Just around the corner at Sidney Harman Hall, I’d see a play by Shakespeare Theatre Company.

575 7th St. NW, 202.783.5522

610 F St. NW, 202.547.1122

Late Night: Ramblin’ Man

I’d walk along 14th Street north of Logan Circle and take long-exposure photos that capture the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Read our Q&A with David.