Photoville, Brooklyn's premier Photography event, turns FIVE this year and moves to an amazing new location in Brooklyn Bridge Park, directly underneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from September 21 to 25, 2016.


Brooklyn Bridge Park | Fulton Landing | Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO

Photoville, Brooklyn's premier Photography event, turns FIVE this year and moves to an amazing new location in Brooklyn Bridge Park, directly underneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge from September 21 to 25, 2016.

Photoville 2016 will feature more than 60 exhibitions – both inside and outside of shipping containers, spanning the spectrum of photographic practice – and will be more immersed throughout the Park than ever before.

There will be four evenings of nighttime events in the popular beer garden, with ice-cold brews and food provided by local favorites Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery. The large scale slide shows projected on stacked shipping containers are one of the highlights of the event. Seeing phenomenal photography presented outdoors with Manhattan as the backdrop is like no other photography event we have attended. It is one of the best viewing parties anywhere.

Last year's Down & Dirty nighttime show of Rock & Roll's early days was a crowd pleaser!

Photoville Nighttime Series

Wednesday, September 21: Opening Night
Hosted by NY1's Roger Clark with a live music score by Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and Brian Turner (WFMU), Battle of the Boroughs, is a thrilling show of photographic sportsmanship, capturing images from across New York City’s neighborhoods, from the most iconic to the most underrepresented stories across Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.
Thursday, September 22: PBS’ POV (Point of View)
Audience members will have the opportunity to see a selection of shorts and an inside look at PBS’s POV documentary series, with excerpts from “Pink Boy” and “From This Day Forward.”
Friday, September 23: An Evening with The New York Times
Full programming to be announced in the coming weeks.
Saturday, September 24: An Evening with National Geographic
With a focus on National Parks, the evening’s main talk will be between senior photo editor Kathy Moran and photographers David Guttenfelder, Charlie Hamilton James and Erika Larsen, and will center on the National Geographic magazine’s May 2016  special issue on Yellowstone National Park. Before and after the talk will be slideshows and videos from National Geographic’s more than 100 years of reporting on conservation and our National Parks.

Photoville 2016 programming will also include:

  • Over 60 exhibitions, including Mark Peterson’s Political Theatre, documenting the presidential candidates over the last two years and Ron Haviv’s The Lost Rolls, featuring over 200 rolls of analog film that had been previously put aside and then forgotten. (Full list below)
  • Outdoor installations located throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and DUMBO, including the large-scale installation that is the HSBC Water Programme’s Water Stories by Mustafah Abdulaziz; multiple large-scale exhibitions by National Geographic featuring work by photographers Brian Finke, Robin Hammond, Ami Vitale and Tomás Munita; Kadir van Lohuizen’s Where will we go: the human consequences of rising sea levels, presented by United Photo Industries and NOOR Images; When I Grow Up, presented in partnership with the NYC Parks Department and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); Forged Worlds, presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation; and Photoville’s popular EmergiCubes.
  • EmergiCubes: Building on the popularity and success of last year’s “cube” exhibitions, United Photo Industries has invited several respected photo professionals such as Michael Foley (Foley Gallery), Whitney Richardson (The New York Times), Jon Levy (Foto8), Russell Frederick (Kamoinge), Stella Kramer and Teru Kuwayama (Instagram) to nominate a new set of emerging photographers whose work will be featured outside on shipping pallets. Those selected include Eyerusalem Adugna, Hilina Abebe, Nichole Washington, Laura Pannack, Joe Quint and Iaritza Menjivar, among others.
  • New interactive programs includingwalking tours led by photography leaders Jamel Shabazz, Sarah Leen, Ruddy Roye, Holly Hughes, Nina Berman and Julie Grahame; and a drop-in activity space for kids and families featuring build-your-own pinhole camera and cyanotype workshops.
  • Tents that will house vendors, photo book publishers and camera gear demonstrations, as well as information booths for art schools, local entities and foundations.
  • CommuniCubes: Expanding upon the concept of the EmergiCubes, a new initiative aimed at providing exhibition and collaboration opportunities to community partners will also be unveiled at this year’s event. Organizations participating in the CommuniCube initiative include St. Ann’s Warehouse, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Daylight Books, Community Heroes NYC and Street Dreams.
  • Photography panels and lectures including the return of PhotoShelter’s Luminance as a full-day conference showcasing insights and resources for building a photography business, on Friday, September 23. Photo practitioners, curators, editors and industry leaders will discuss practical topics for the working photographer, including ways to market their work, how to leverage personal work into paid assignments, and decoding the intricate relationship between editors and photographers.
  • Workshops covering street photography, capturing motion, formal portraiture, DSLR Video and low-light photography.

Photoville Hours
Wednesday September 21: 4pm – 10pm
Thursday, September: 12pm - 10pm + Education Day (10am-1:30pm and 4-6pm for After School sessions)
Friday, September 23: 12pm - 10pm + Photoshelter’s Luminance Professional Development Seminars (10am-6pm)
Saturday, September 24: 12pm - 10pm
Sunday, September 25: 12pm - 9pm

Exhibitions Presented in (and Outside of) 55+ Shipping Containers Will Include:

  • Breaking Point, a seminal group exhibition confronting issues of inequality, injustice, separation and xenophobia in modern-day America, by New York-based collective Kamoinge.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Oded Balilty’s project Miss Trans Israel, documenting the contenders in “Miss Trans Israel,” Israel’s first transgender pageant, as they polish their moves and compete. Presented by Shutterstock in partnership with the Associated Press (AP).
  • On the Street with Bill Cunningham, a celebration of the work of the preeminent street photographer Bill Cunningham, presented by The New York Times.
  •  Ron Haviv’s The Lost Rolls, featuring over 200 rolls of analog film that had been previously put aside and then forgotten. This series of mesmerizing photos offers a meditation on the artifacts we use to record and remember history; how those artifacts change over time; how reliant we are on them; and how our relationship to images and memories is changing with the shift from analog film to digital. Presented by The Lost Rolls Project.
  • Represent: 29 Women We Admire, presented by Refinery29, featuring work from 29 female photographers who are staking their claim in the photo world, pushing visual boundaries and exploring new perspectives.
  • Daniella Zalcman’s Signs of Your Identity, an examination of Canada’s network of Indian Residential Schools established to forcibly assimilate indigenous youth into white Canadian society. The last residential school closed in 1996. The Canadian government issued its first formal apology in 2008. These are the survivors. Presented by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
  • If This Is True…8000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA, showcasing the result of portrait photographer Robin de Puy’s 2015 road trip through the American countryside, escaping pressure of public expectations. Presented by United Photo Industries.
  • Award-winning New York photographer Mark Peterson’s Political Theatre, which documents the presidential candidates over the last two years as they led rallies, met with voters and pleaded for their votes, offers a close look at the current state of politics in the U.S. Presented by United Photo Industries.
  • Forced from Home in Virtual Reality, presented by Doctors Without Borders, which invites audience members to put on VR headsets and experience the stories of people forced from their homes in Burundi, Syria and Honduras. Viewers will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the 65 million people currently displaced worldwide.
  • Award-winning Emily Schiffer's Haul, which reimagining the concept of a family album with photographs and sculpture installations to explore how history and memory are passed between generations. Presented by the University of Michigan.
  • Liam Maloney’s Texting Syria, exploring the experience of Syrian refugees in the context of connectivity in the digital age. In these portraits, Syrians in Lebanon fleeing the civil war back home use mobile phones to stay in touch with their families who remain under siege in the city of Homs. Presented by Open Society Foundations in partnership with United Photo Industries.
  • Women on the Outside, a multimedia installation examining the daily impact of prison on the lives of women who visit loved ones behind bars, by Zara Katz & Lisa Riordan Seville, presented by the Magnum Foundation.
  • Broken?, a work by Christopher Gregory & Zach Gross, high school students from the United Nations International School, offering an exploration of the U.S. Criminal Justice System through photographs and testimonies of formerly incarcerated people and community leaders working in prison reform. Presented by PROOF: Media for Social Justice, in partnership with the United Nations International School.
  • Jerome Avenue Workers Project by the Bronx Documentary Center, which documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living in small shops and factories, or repairing auto-mobiles.
  • Vivian Keulards’ Me and My Selfie, an exhibition of portraits of young teenagers, set in contrast to selfies of their own choosing, in order to demonstrate the contradictions of both worlds. Presented by United Photo Industries.
  • Ebola Through the Lens by Jonathan Bundu & Jane Hahn, presented by Open Society Foundations, offering a glimpse into the lives of those who faced the recent Ebola crisis, and speaking to the extraordinary courage and resilience displayed by those who fought to contain the epidemic and save lives.

Photoville Education Day

Each year, as part of Photoville’s education initiative, proudly supported by HSBC and Two Trees Management, the festival welcomes hundreds of inner-city students from across New York City’s five boroughs, offering them an opportunity to experience the power of photography and interact with acclaimed curators and artists on a day dedicated solely to students.

Education Day welcomes over 400 students for a full-day photo-based field trip designed to inspire, enlighten and entertain. Professional artists and curators lead tours giving students the opportunity to explore exhibitions that cover a diverse range of photographic styles and subject matter with guidance and insight from celebrated practitioners working at the top of their field.

The Photoville Pavilion will host over 18 panel discussions, featuring some of the most innovative work and pressing issues in photography today. Highlights include a Reading the Pictures salon deconstructing the recent election coverage through the eyes of an ambitious new generation of photo-journalists; a panel discussion exploring the long-term impact of trauma coverage; and a discussion on the importance of making visual works about the aftermath of domestic conflicts and transformations such as the war on poverty, the mass relocation of African-Americans, and the pro-choice versus pro-life cultural rift.

Free workshops, interactive events and walking tours return to Photoville. This year’s highlights include fan favorites the International Center of Photography, Brooklyn Central, Big Leo and the Penumbra Foundation, and plus new partnerships with B&H Photo, Sprint Systems of Photography, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, West Elm and ESPN, to further expand our awesome programming roster, which for the first time ever will include a formal portraiture workshop, DSLR video and low-light photography. Photographers include Michael Mann, Spencer Platt, Evi Abeler, Anthony Causi, Alexis Lambrou, Stefan Killen, Liz Sales, Scott Lapham, Justin Lin, Gabriel Biderman and Travis Fox, who will lead workshops and events that span the photo spectrum, from cyanotypes to sports, product photography to pinhole cameras.

About United Photo Industries

Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos launched United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn-based, photographic art-presenting cooperative in 2011. From a burgeoning gallery headquarters at 16 Main Street in DUMBO, they have been working with the ambition and energy of an idealist start-up to identify, harness, and conjure unexpected exhibition opportunities, champion new directions in photography and cultivate ties within an ever-expanding, globe-trotting community of photographers. Their work has been featured in Brooklyn throughout DUMBO, Manhattan's Financial District, Boston (MA), Atlanta (GA), Santa Fe (NM), Houston (TX), Athens (Greece), Berlin and Hamburg (Germany), Sydney (Australia), Shanghai (China), Cambridge (UK), Lodz (Poland), and in Tokyo (Japan) as co-founders of the Tokyo International Photography Festival. For more information, visit