About Us

Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography for all.


Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.



A look back at our 2021 Festival


In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Photoville adjusted to this new reality with creativity and flexibility. Photoville Festival 2021 combined online gatherings and dispersed outdoor exhibitions, with talks, workshops, and community events taking place online.

500,000 visitors engaged with our public exhibitions in the five boroughs,  showcasing the incredible work of over 250 artists, collaborating with partners including The New York Times, National Geographic, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Abrons Arts Center, TIME, and more.

Even though there were no in-person event gatherings or container exhibitions, adapting the festival format allowed our audiences to safely enjoy all of our exhibitions and programming while continuing to meet the needs of our local and global photo communities.

Working with parks and city officials to safely install exhibition banners and custom structures throughout parks and public spaces in NYC, exhibitions remained on view for several months so that communities could enjoy them while using these open spaces as a place to recharge, exercise, and relax.

Daytime programming at the 2021 Festival included 30 online talks, workshops, and special events presented with and by artists and industry professionals.

Over 230 educators participated in our Educator Labs and Coffee Hours, while more than 740 students across NYC (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn), across the country (California, Virginia, North Carolina), and across the globe (Kenya and Guatemala) attended virtual field trips meeting artists and hearing from young photographers.


United Photo Industries Inc (d.b.a Photoville) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. Our mission is to build a wide, diverse audience for photographic narratives and nurture a new lens of representation, through the creation of unique and highly innovative environments such as our free annual community photo festival.

Since Photoville’s inception, we have been devoted to building an inclusive community of visual artists. We view art as a collaborative process between artists and their audiences, and we believe that public art creates the perfect conditions to foster this creative union. 

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This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings