Photoville 2016 takes over Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photoville 2016 kicks off in Brooklyn Bridge Park for its fifth year of showcasing photography in shipping container galleries and outdoor exhibitions now through Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Photoville 2016 takes over Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Heights

Photoville kicked off on a hot Wednesday afternoon in a new location in Brooklyn Bridge Park directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge and is running through Sunday, September 25, 2016.

The new venue is compact. The containers have become double stacks, with a tightness that wasn't felt in the south end of the park. It's kind of like being in a small New York gallery that is featuring some of the greatest photographs in the world.

"Ebola Through the Lens" offers an interactive view of those who faced the Ebola crisis including a quarantine bed with a view of the death. It is an incredibly strong use of photography in a unique setting between two shipping containers. A print of space suited rescue workers carrying a victim of the plague is printed on the vinyl used as the ceiling of the "Quarintine Area."

Eyes peer out on Photoville's crowd from one of the Images in "Ebola Through the Lens"

The images were selected from submissions to a photo competition, come from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, and were captured by more than 15 photojournalists from a number of different countries. Apart from health workers and people within the communities, photojournalists were among the few others to come face-to-face with Ebola. The exhibit showcases some of their work, providing a space to share their experiences and the stories behind the moments captured.

The images bring you into the crisis. The healthworkers and the photographers are clothed head to toe in gear to keep the disease away from them. But the people have no such luxury. It is a devastating view of a disease that we still have no way to cure.

On a lighter side, ESPN's "Bodies We Want 2016" gives a view of the perfect bodies of athletes. The pictures show incredible athletes in the buff with perfectly placed arms, legs, balls, gloves to keep all the images G-rated. From surfer Courtney Conlogue under water by Steven Lippman, to Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta in the Arizona desert by Marcus Eriksson, the images show the athletes at their most vulnerable and at the height of their strength.

My old friend, Ron Haviv, is exhibiting his newest project, "Lost Rolls." It has evolved into a national project with the support of Fuji Film and PhotoShelter, the Lost Rolls Archive.

Ron Haviv with his "Lost Rolls" exhibit

"I have been lecturing about my own project which became a book and my exhibit. So many people were telling me about their own film that had never been processed. Now they can," said Haviv.

His container is a drop off location for LOST ROLLS AMERICA during Photoville's run. The film will be processed and scanned for free to become part of the national archive. The images will be accompanied by written anecdotes and accessible via, and with a book in the future.

The New York Times celebrates the life of Bill Cunningham with a chronological showcase of his work. His candid street photography graced the pages of the Times for over thirty years, beginning with a 1978 photograph of Greta Garbo in a turtleneck and knit cap, to his final pictures published on May 22, 2016.

This new edition of Photoville has an expanded partnership with National Geographic (5 exhibitions), more school based partners including the NY Film Academy and Parsons, and a full fledged education day on Thursday catering to over 600 middle and high school students.

Laura Roumanos loves it all. As one of the founders, her exhubarance about Photoville is infectious. She describes each exhibit as if it is her favorite. "We have the attitude that we will ask artists we love if they will exhibit, the worst they can do is say no."

Photoville under the roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge

Mark Peterson was one of the first they finalized for this year's show. "Political Theatre" is a collection of harshly lit black and white images that contain some great moments. The harshness echoes what most of us are feeling in this presidential race. Published mainly on, many of the images carry much more weight printed large in a shipping container than they did on a phone or iPad.

Roger Clark from NY1 introduced the first night's outdoor presentation, Battle of the Boroughs, collections of photo stories by 35 photographers. Some of the images were stunning. Unfortunately, some felt like bad high school projects. Photographers need to learn that composition and focus really do matter. Hiroyuki Ito stole the show for me with black and white images that jumped off the screen of Brooklyn. Melissa Cacciola's tintype portraits from Staten Island were haunting.

One of the surprising exhibits was Barnstorming the Moon, a collection curated by Mark Robinson of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Mark Robinson explains Tycho Crater

The images, never before printed or shown, offer a unique perspective of the Moon as captured with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Mark Robinson, a professor at ASU‘s School of Earth and Space Exploration and a Principal Investigator for the imaging system on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, was on hand and shared his passion about the images.
"It is our hope that many visitors will walk away feeling that the Moon is a place of beauty and grandeur as well as scientific wonder,“ Mr. Robinson explains.  “We hope the exhibit and sense of 'closeness' with the Moon will want viewers to learn more."

He quickly told stories to us about the images on display. In order to capture images across the landscape, the orbiter was rotated from its position looking straight down on the surface to a 75° positon in its orbit, 16 to 124 miles above. The image of Tycho Crater is vast. With nothing in the image to give scale, Robinson explained that the crater floor is about 15,420 feet below the rim. The rover uses two imaging sensors that were not meant to work in the way they are used. The rover takes images at a ground speed that the sensors were not meant to keep up with. They adjusted their use in a way that the manufacturer had no idea would work. The result is the dynamic images on display at Photoville.

Prints positioned outside the container are original photo prints under acrylic glass, which offers incredible sharpness, brilliant color and can be produced in formats of up to 114 by 71 inches.  Prints on display inside the container are direct prints on aluminum-dibond that provide an added sense of dimension to the photographs, all produced by WhiteWall Labs.

Thursday brings nearly 600 middle and high school students to Photoville for an inside look. Featuring Youth Photo Panels by the JustArts Photography Internship Project, NYU Future Imagemakers Alumni, NYC Salt, and ICP Community Programs, the students will see and hear how their peers began pursuing their carreers in photography.

Photoville continues through Sunday, September 25, 2016. The schedule for the rest of the week includes the Photoville Nighttime Series:
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:

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 including walking 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

Thursday, September 22: 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

Ron Haviv with LOST ROLLS exhibit at Photoville
Ron Haviv with LOST ROLLS exhibit at Photoville