2017, September 17: Early Morning at The Diyanet Center Mosque

As you pull up in your car to 9704 Good Luck Road in Lanham, Maryland, the first word out of your mouth will be "Wow!"

You will be dazzled by the striking architectural beauty of the new Diyanet Center of America Mosque as it rises before you in the morning sun. Based on 16th century Ottoman architecture, the mosque covers over 20,000 square feet, built with reinforced concrete and stone and marble cladding. It can hold as many as 760 worshippers in its huge indoor space. Each of the four marble columns are brought from four cities in Turkey famous for their marble quarry. The Diyanet Center describes the mosque as “am abode of peace and a tranquil refuge for Islamic as well as interfaith communities”.  

With special permission from the mosque, we are being given access to this gorgeous structure in the early hours of a Sunday morning when the sun lights it up from the southeast. Taking off our shoes, we will also be allowed to go inside the mosque in order to photograph the extraordinary interior. The Diyanet Center campus also includes a beautiful Cultural Center, a Social Hall, Guest House, a Bath and Sports Center, ten houses that typify traditional Turkish domestic architecture, and an Islamic Garden.

E. David Luria will guide you to the best locations for photography at the mosque, giving you tips on composition, ISO settings, white balance, and the use of wide-angle lenses. Tripods are allowed on this safari.

This safari will be a great opportunity to enrich your own architectural portfolio while training you to photograph religious institutions in your travels to other parts of the world.

Class Limit:  10

What People Are Saying:

“David, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and concern you have for your students.  You were born to teach!”

“The Safaris in DC are worth every penny and I would highly recommend them to others.  Even though I live and work in DC, David showed me a whole new way to see and photograph the monuments that I walk past everyday.  I got some great photos that I’m thrilled with!  I’ll be looking for more Safaris to take soon.”

Instructor: E. David Luria

E. David Luria is a commercial photographer based in Washington DC specializing in architecture, editorial, event, food, art/still life and landmark photography.

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators, he has had his images of the National Capital Area appear in over 100 national and local publications and on calendars of the US Capitol Historical Society.

David is also founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari which, since 1999, has conducted 4,500+ photo safaris, training over 32,000 people in the techniques of travel, nature and portrait photography.

David is a graduate of Amherst College and studied photography in Paris with a protege of Henri Cartier Bresson. His work can be viewed on his website at  www.eDavidLuriaPhotography.smugmug.com.

David teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • Capital Photography Center Photo Safaris
  • Photography As A Second Career
  • Travel and Vacation Photography
  • Washington DC, a Photographer’s Paradise