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 2022 Festival

Photoville 2022 featured a continuation of virtual talks, as well as a return to in-person discussions, workshops, and community events. We displayed 67 open air exhibitions dispersed throughout New York City. 

Over 1,000,000 visitors engaged with our free and public exhibitions in the five boroughs, showcasing the incredible work of over 200 artists, collaborating with partners including The New York Times, National Geographic, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Alice Austen House, Times Square Arts, The Bronx Documentary Center, The Queens Museum, and more.

Working with parks and city officials to safely install exhibition banners and custom structures throughout parks and public spaces in New York City, 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 2022 Festival included 30 workshops and special events presented with and by artists and industry professionals, with partners such as Diversify Photo, Leica Camera, Adobe, ICP, PhotoWings, and more. 

Over 700 students and educators across New York City attended our 2022 Festival education program which was proudly supported by our partner PhotoWings and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment. Throughout the week, participants were able to meet exhibiting photographers to hear them speak about their work, while also attending panel discussions of student photographers beginning their journey in visual storytelling. 


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