The PHOTOVILLE Festival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns for a ninth year in a different way – online community and artist programming plus photo exhibitions in public spaces throughout New York City.

This annual community gathering features public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming.

The Photoville Festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe – with free admission for all!

A Look back at our 2019 Festival

With 100,000 visitors in attendance, the 2019 Festival was our largest gathering to date, presenting 600 artists across 85 photography exhibitions and outdoor installations.

Daytime programming at the 2019 Festival included dozens of panel discussions, hands-on activities, walking tours, and workshops, for attendees of all ages, complemented by our annual educational field trip for 800 New York City middle and high school students, and a dedicated Professional Day for teachers. Evening programming featured six extraordinary nighttime programs presented by The New York Times, WaterKeepers, International Center of Photography, PBS’ Frontline, Waterkeepers Alliance, and National Geographic respectively.


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Photoville is a New York based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography.

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