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The PHOTOVILLE Festival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns on September 18 for its 10th anniversary year with a free community day, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, community programming, and open-air exhibitions across parks and public spaces throughout New York City till December 1, 2021.

Your contributions allow us to build a sustainable future for our organization as we continue to expand our support of the visual storytelling community.

Outdoor Exhibitions are on view starting Sept 18 throughout the city and are best viewed in Daylight hours and are open whenever the park or space is open to the public. (we recommend between 6am – 7pm daily)

For more information about our festival please check out our FAQ page.

Explore Exhibitions in all 5 boroughs

Please Note that from Oct 2 – 11, the Exhibitions placed at the end of Pier 3 have been relocated to the South Side of Pier 3 due to an event hosted by Brooklyn Bridge Park: The People That Are Within These Frames: A Community Offers Self-Portraits, In Our Eyes, dándoles sus flores (giving them their flowers, Small Details, Stoop Stories: City Kids, System Error and Teaching Creativity: Making Art in a Pandemic

Women in the Face of History

Featuring: Various Artists
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 2
Presented by: Department of Photography & Imaging and 370 Jay Project New York University
This exhibition helps us to think about the complicated history of suffrage in America—to engage with the complexities of historical narratives, enduring inequalities, and the contested meanings of citizenship and rights.

Signs of Your Identity

Featuring: Catherine Blackburn, Gregg Deal, Mo Thunder, and Daniella Zalcman
Location: Brookfield Place - The Winter Garden
Presented by: Arts Brookfield and Photoville
The exhibition, on view in the Winter Garden Gallery at Brookfield Place from September 20 – November 15, features portraits by Daniella Zalcman that show Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian survivors of the US government’s Indian Boarding School system and parallel American institutions.

A New Beginning

Featuring: Cigdem Yuksel
Location: Old Fulton Road
Presented by: Melkweg Expo and Prospektor
with additional support from Dutch Culture USA
Who are you and who do you want to become? What if you had to reinvent yourself? In A New Beginning, photographer Cigdem Yuksel works with young people who, after their flight to the Netherlands, go in search of their (new) identity.

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

Featuring: Ai Weiwei
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 2
Presented by: Crown, a division of the Random House Publishing Group
In his widely anticipated memoir, "1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows," world-renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei tells a century-long epic tale of China through the story of his own extraordinary life and the legacy of his father, while also illuminating his artistic process.

In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership of Peace

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Presented by: The United Nations Department of Peace Operations, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and UN Women
Through the lens of local women photographers, we seek to elevate, amplify and increase the visibility of women's participation in—and their essential contributions to—peace and security.

Michelle V. Agins: A Retrospective of a Pioneering New York Times Photographer

Featuring: Michelle V. Agins
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park - Pier 1
Presented by: The New York Times
Michelle V. Agins has been a staff photographer for the New York Times for more than 30 years. This retrospective celebrates her work and her ongoing commitment to the photojournalism community.

Programming Sessions

Thursday October 7
7:00pm EST

Good Work: Worker Co-operatives and Transformative Labor Photography

Presented by: The Economic Hardship Reporting Project and Mother Jones
Featuring: Stacy Kranitz, Joseph Rodriguez, Mark Murrmann, Molly Hemstreet
Saturday October 9
10:00am EST

Syria: 10 Years Of War Seen By 16 Syrian Photographers

Presented by: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Featuring: Carole Al Farah, Charlotte Cans, Bassam Khabieh, Sameer Al Doumy, Omar Haj Kaddour and other Syrian photographers
Sunday October 10
4:00pm EST

The Value of Our Photographic Heritage: Five Perspectives

Presented by: Photowings
Featuring: Photo Historian and Curator Gail Buckland, Photo Editor Mike Davis, Photography Professor Lauren Walsh, and educators and photographers Ron Haviv and Kamal Badhey
Thursday October 14
4:30pm EST

Fighting Misinformation and Protecting Image Creators and Consumers Through Attribution and Provenance

Presented by: Content Authenticity Initiative
Featuring: Santiago Lyon
Saturday October 16
3:00pm EST

Bronx Life

Featuring: David Gonzalez and Elizabeth Krist
Sunday October 17
4:00pm EST

Delirious Visibility: The Work of Media Literacy in the Age of Digital Overconsumption

Presented by: Leica
Featuring: Ruddy Roye and Rebecca Lee Sanchez
Professional Development with Photoville and Diversify Photo.
With support from Leica
crafting your career

Learn how to write successful grants, proposals, and pitches and about the in’s and out’s of being a photo editor.

Freelance Safety Clinic
Photoville online programs

Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1 – Freelance Safety Clinic 

Presented in partnership with The ACOS Alliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Frontline Freelance Register. 

Are you a freelance photojournalist or documentary photographer in need of some expert, one-to-one advice on safety, risk assessment, digital security, or trauma management? 

Photoville Education
Freelance Safety Clinic

Photoville Education includes programs for educators and students to engage with the festival. Join us on Sept 18 for our Educator Lab, a professional development workshop for arts educators, and throughout the month of October for in-person and virtual youth programs. 


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