[ WELCOME TO PHOTOVILLE ]

 

PHOTOVILLE is New York City’s FREE premier photo destination. Produced by United Photo Industries, the annual festival is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers. By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, Photoville provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community.

Photoville returns for a seventh year, in picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, from September 13-23, 2018. Once again, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza—located in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO beneath the majestic span of the Brooklyn Bridge— will be transformed into an immersive photography village populated by 65+ shipping containers repurposed into galleries.

Working with more than 100 curatorial partners, Photoville 2018 will exhibit work by over 600 visual artists each year. In addition, the festival offers nighttime projection programs, hands-on workshops, an education day for New York City middle and high-school students, panel discussions and talks presented next door at the 60 Water Street Storefronts, tents with vendors, family-friendly photo activities, publishers and gear demonstrations, a community photo book store run by Red Hook Editions, tintype portraits by the Penumbra Foundation, and a beer garden with a range of food vendors by Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery beers. Photoville is open to the public—all ages, dogs included—free of charge, making it unlike any other photo festival in the world.

 

Immersion and interactivity are at the heart of what makes Photoville such a successful and popular event, allowing it to become the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide. Photoville’s sixth edition (2017) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, welcomed over 92,000 visitors.

UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES ]

United Photo Industries, a New York based non-profit organization, brings the photographic community together by producing photography installations and events in unique locations off the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life.

Launched in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations.

[ OUR TEAM ]

SAM BARZILAY

CREATIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

DAVE SHELLEY

CREATIVE PRODUCER & CO-FOUNDER

DAVE SHELLEY (Detroit, Michigan) is the Creative Producer for United Photo Industries. He is also the co-creator of Photoville along with his partners, Sam, Laura and Gilbert! Dave works also in all areas of the arts & entertainment industry as a Producer, Production and Theater Manager. Events include, Stadium shows with The Rolling Stones, Films […]

LAURA ROUMANOS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-FOUNDER

Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia — where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts— Laura Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse where she was the General Manager for several […]

TODD HERSHBERGER

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Todd is United Photo Industries’ project manager, Bob the builder and all around jack of all trades. From raising a photo village, to rigging gallery storage, to remodeling a home – UPI asks “Can he build it?” and we know “Yes, he can!”

VIKTOR KOEN

DESIGN DIRECTOR

Viktor Koen is an award-winning illustrator, designer, educator and TED speaker. He holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem and an MFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Koen is a regular contributor to leading publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal […]

JASMIN CHANG

SENIOR PRODUCER – EDUCATION & SPECIAL PROJECTS

Jasmin Chang is a Brooklyn-based artist and producer who enjoys in building projects that connect people through and connecting photography to new audiences. She leads Community Heroes, NYC, a neighborhood-based public art project and she is the co-founder of Nice Think, a multidisciplinary creative studio. She also works as a freelance producer with like-minded cultural […]

KRYSTAL GROW

SENIOR PRODUCER – PROGRAMMING & EXHIBITIONS

Krystal Grow is a journalist, photo editor, and producer from Boston who moved to New York City in 2012 and has been producing workshops and other public programs for Photoville since 2013. She is currently an editor on the Global Picture Desk at Getty Images, and has written for American Photography, LIFE.com, TIME LightBox, the […]

ANTIGONA GONZALEZ

WORKSHOP COORDINATOR

Antigona’s main practice is in the Performing Arts as creator and performer. She  also works in Oral History-Community based Projects, Production Managing, Lighting and Technical Support for Live Arts. She loves Photoville and is pleased to be part of its crew for third year in a row.  

Cailley Frank-Lehrer

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Cailley Frank-Lehrer is delighted to join the Photoville team this year for the first time. She comes with a background in festival operations as well as film/television production and editing. Cailley has worked with DOC NYC, Athena Film Festival and her hometown’s Traverse City Film Festival. Film credits include 16 Acres, God Loves Uganda and […]

Jessica Bal

EDUCATION ASSOCIATE

Jessica Bal is excited to join Photoville this year as the Education Day Associate. She is a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer and filmmaker who attended CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism after spending four years documenting and learning about arts education in NYC public schools. She’s passionate about and happy to support projects that combine the power […]

NATHAN BETT

BEER GARDEN MANAGER

Nathan Bett is an artist and beer drinker from the sandy shores of Lake Superior. When not hustling in the streets as a freelance photographer in Brooklyn, he enjoys long walks on the beach with his best girl and a couple of tallboys.

BEN PFISTER

BEER GARDEN MANAGER

Ben Pfister is Photoville’s Beer Garden Manager for the second year in a row. He greatly enjoys the outdoors, meeting new people, and enjoying some art under the Brooklyn Bridge. When not working at Photoville, Ben is stage managing on and off broadway and working many other events in the city. His favorite part of […]

SKYLER REID

EVENING PROGRAMMING PRODUCER

Skyler Reid is Photoville’s Evening Programming Producer. In the real world, Skyler works as a freelance photographer and journalist covering anything out of the ordinary: water wars in California, the gay rodeo in Ohio, satanic crime in South Africa.
Jordan Roth

JORDAN ROTH

TALKS PRODUCER

Jordan Roth is a visual journalist, curator, and photographer living in Jersey City, previously Washington, DC. She has curated two exhibits displayed during Photoville for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This is her first year on the Photoville staff as the Talks Producer.

RYAN HOPPER

BEER GARDEN SOUND OPERATOR

Ryan Hopper is a freelance sound designer and musician who makes noise in various bands around NYC. He is excited to return to Photoville for his fourth year.

Sara Stevens

COORDINATING PRODUCER

Sara has been working on Photoville since 2015. When she’s not in a shipping container she can be found working with the World Science Festival, Imagine Exhibitions, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Arts Brookfield, Prospect Theater Company, the American Tap Dance Foundation and wherever else they will let her run around talking into a radio and looking […]

KATE CROASDALE

ACTIVITY TENT COORDINATOR

Kate Croasdale is a freelance stage manager based in New York City, where she has done event work with the World Science Festival, the Future of Storytelling Festival and Kaimera Productions. Her theatre credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Ghost The Musical. Kate has also worked with: City Center Encores!, Ensemble Studio Theatre and New […]

PHOEBE SULLIVAN-BING

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Phoebe is the Operations Coordinator for Photoville. She is very excited to be joining the Photoville team again this year! Besides Photoville she can be found running around trying to help someone with something. Phoebe has also worked with Ensemble Studio Theatre, World Science Festival, The Gift Theater and anywhere else that is hiring. When […]

ALEX AUG

OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Alex Aug is excited to be back at Photoville for her second year! A graduate of Adelphi University, she has been involved in such events as Downton Abbey: The Experience & World Science Festival. When not working events, she spends most of her days in the theatre as either an audience member, bartender or actor.

BRITTANY STEELE

INVENTORY MANAGER

Brittany is Photoville’s equipment organizer extraordinaire. You need it? She’ll find it. Her favorite thing about Photoville is the breadth of perspective and innovation in visual storytelling. When she’s not sorting through shipping containers she can be found designing, stage managing, music directing or otherwise working in arts and entertainment. If you’re looking to tell […]

Hattie Morrison

PROGRAMMING FELLOW

Hattie has been working for Photoville since 2017. She graduated from The University of Oxford with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art and can be found by listening out for one of the few heavy British accents at Photoville. Last year she helped out with a project at The United Nations HQ and […]

Miguel Valderrama

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Miguel graduated from the department of Entertainment Technology at City-Tech and is a current grad student at the PIMA (Performance and interactive Media Arts) at Brooklyn college, both colleges of the City University of New York, same academy where he is now a professor of Entertainment Technology and Electricity for live entertainment. Along with theatre […]

JAMES COLLIER

ART INSTALLER

James is a New Orleans-based commercial and portrait photographer, returning to the Photoville team this year to help build out the exhibitions. Originally from Louisiana, James returned to the South earlier this summer, after several years in NYC, and nearly a decade in central California. His commercial photography explores intersections of people and food, and […]

JOAN KOO

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Joan is Photoville’s in-house graphic designer who graduated from the Parsons School of Design with a Bachelors in Communication Design. When not running frantically around trying to get her fellow colleagues their important documents, you can find her at the UPI in a committed relationship with Adobe InDesign.

Roberta Cajado

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Roberta Cajado is thrilled to join UPI/Photoville this year as a Social Media Manager. She is a passionate creative director, and content strategist inspired by visual arts and design. Roberta moved from São Paulo (Brazil) to NYC in 2012 where she was able to explore other fields related to art and visual aesthetics. Her work is […]

MAJDA PUACA

WEBSITE DESIGNER

Majda is a freelance web-developer and tech enthusiast based in Brooklyn. Born and raised in former Yugoslavia, she spent a decade organizing for social justice and using new technologies for greater good, before switching continents in 2011. While websites are her main ‘obsession’, Majda thoroughly enjoys events-industry life and exploring hiking trails with her pup […]

ANDRE FELICIANO

RESIDENT GARDENER

André Feliciano is an Art Gardener who cultivates, among other things, a specific photographic culture. His work has been exhibited widely, including São Paulo Modern Museum, the Bonni Benrubi Gallery (New York), and Photoville 2012. He is currently pursuing a masters degree at São Paulo University.

GILBERT

SENIOR VP OF SECURITY OPERATIONS

This is Gilbert, our senior vice president of security operations, and he is very thorough. He is a maltese-pekingese-poodle mix. He loves to lay in the sun and bark at incoming guests.