Photographer Wayne Lawrence is known for his sensitive and intimate portraits of Americans of every class, race, and creed. Lawrence spent a week in Orlando gathering the stories of a community that has been battered but not defeated. This story was a digital feature for National Geographic in June 2016.
In Candide, Voltaire described Canada as “a few acres of snow.” Public opinion hasn’t changed much since then; the second largest country in the world is rarely in the news, even though there’s much to be concerned about.
This project reflects the combat sports and fighters I have photographed since the beginning of this journey. From training camp, to the actual fight, and portraits immortalizing these unique athletes, my goal is to give people an inside view of how boxing and mixed martial art fighters interact in their respective worlds, away from the limelight.
The summer of 2016 has created a turning point in the conversation about guns in America. Discussions about responsible gun ownership have devolved into political rhetoric. From Donald Trump’s implications about “Second Amendment people” to “I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place,” the violence has dramatically escalated. Civilians and police alike have become victims as bystanders, as targets. The questions remain: How did we get here? How do Americans stop the bloodbath?
While millions dream of traveling to the Moon, only 12 humans have actually walked on it. For now, the next best thing is NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) and the incredibly high-resolution images it transmits back to Earth. The images are fascinating for fans of exploration and photography alike.
ESPN’s Body photography celebrates the athletic form in all shapes and sizes. Our goal is to capture the personality of each athlete and to create an intimate, intensely personal, and radically different look at the most amazing bodies in the world. We strive to honor the athletes with images that reflect their strength, beauty and personality.
Declared a public health emergency in February 2016 by the World Health Organization, Zika’s origins remain unclear, and without a vaccine or tangible control methods to prevent its spread, this resilient virus may not be eradicated any time soon.
The exhibit aims to raise difficult questions and provoke conversations about what Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, calls “the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.” Broken? explores the U.S. criminal justice system through photographs and testimonies of formerly incarcerated people and of community leaders working for prison reform.
This series chronicles the migrant crisis in Europe and the influx of refugees coming ashore in Lesbos, Greece. More than 500,000 people arrived in the European Union last year, seeking sanctuary or jobs, and sparking the EU’s biggest refugee emergency in decades.
Luceo’s 2016 Photoville exhibition explores the visual theme of designs of white presented by winter in far northeastern Montana. Located 300 miles from a major city, on the flat, windswept plains of one of the coldest and most geographically isolated areas of the lower 48, the Upper Missouri River Basin is defined by its relationship with the cold.
Apart from health workers and people within the communities, photojournalists were among the few others to come face-to-face with Ebola. The exhibit showcases some of their work, providing a space to share their experiences and the stories behind the moments captured.
Our most important images are on our refrigerators and smartphones. “Exquisite Refrigerator” updates the idea of the Exquisite Corpse, a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Surrealist Movement. Playing off of the steel shipping container, viewers will interact with, rearrange and curate groups of printed contemporary images to create new stories, juxtapositions and relationships.
This year, as the “original” East River Ferry comes to an end, we chose to focus on the people who made it happen. From office workers to ticket agents, captains to deckhands, mechanics to operations specialists and also our very first community partners, we celebrate them for their success and thank them for their support and service.
This collection of portraits was taken in Lalibela, Ethiopia. I took these pictures in one of the biggest markets in the city of Lalibela. As a fashion designer and photographer, I found people that visually caught my attention. I wanted to show colorful and stylish people in different ages. Basically, I was looking for fashion inspiration in the area, because people wear their best clothes when they go to the market.
This exhibit reflects on the work of photojournalists who bring to light shared human experiences. Through the lens of family, we’ve asked the photographers to share images that reflect the concept of family from their work in documenting some of the most important news stories of our times.
In a time of heightened tensions in society, we are focusing our lens on individuals interacting in a humane manner toward one another, or toward the viewer, as a way to counteract negative news stories. The goal is for the audience to connect to the image through an emotion — happiness, nostalgia, compassion, sadness, love — as a way to grow empathy toward others and highlight our shared stories.
My family immigrated from Central America. They have given us, the first American-born generation, a great life—the life they never had. The abundance of food, clothes and technology our parents earned through hard work is overwhelming when compared to the poor lives they left behind.
Students graduating from the Photography and the Digital Image Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Fashion Institute of Technology exhibited their senior thesis projects in a group-curated show on the school’s campus in May 2016, as part of the annual School of Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition.
Using the language of traditional portraiture and baroque esthetics, the Flower Power series aims to challenge the way society perceives and treats pit bulls by shortening the emotional distance between the viewer and these misunderstood dogs. The portraits celebrate the life and dignity of these soulful creatures who are at the mercy of humans.
I empower women by portraying them with power, determination and focus. Many of my images feature women in confident poses, taken from a heroic angle. In For My Girls, I explore how 1990s female hip-hop artists inspired me to be proud of my African-American lineage, unapologetic for my liberated behavior and forceful in my approach to the culture at large.
Put on a VR headset and experience the stories of people forced from their homes in Burundi, Syria, and Honduras. Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the 65 million people currently displaced around the world.
“Photography is not a hobby for me. It’s a way of life,” wrote Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as “Shawkan,” from the infamous Tora prison. Shawkan has been imprisoned since August 14, 2013, when he was arrested while covering the dispersal of a protest of ousted President Mohamed Morsi supporters, one of the most violent events in the country’s modern history. Shawkan, who was 25 years old at the time of his arrest, has now spent more than 1,000 days behind bars.
This year, Getty Images, in collaboration with Instagram, returns to Photoville to announce and exhibit the work of the recipients of the second-annual Getty Images Instagram grant. This grant recognizes and supports photographers and artists using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.
When war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, hundreds of thousands of people fled to the unknown in neighboring countries. By April 2016, more than 280,000 people had taken shelter in refugee camps in Western Ethiopia. The majority are women and children.
“I do not want to go back – no launch parties or openings anymore. Wearing the same pair of jeans every day, feeling the sun on my skin and deciding whether I will stay or go on the day itself. I also love that everything I own here fits into two saddle bags and a backpack.”
Over the past few years, I’ve been traveling the country to tell a diverse story about the impact of gun violence on injured survivors, victims’ family members, and witnesses to these horrific acts. I seek to show how gun violence doesn’t fit neatly into the “good guys vs. bad guys” narrative of the media and the NRA. Rather it is far more nuanced — made up overwhelmingly of incidents of suicide, domestic violence, children gaining access to unsecured guns, mass shootings and so much more.
This exhibition documents and celebrates the workers and trades people of Jerome Avenue, one of New York City’s few remaining working class neighborhoods where many still make a living by working in small shops and factories or by repairing auto-mobiles.
What matters most for contemporary photography today? Parsons MFA Photo students were tasked with collectively generating and agreeing on three words that address this question. Their astute responses form the basis for the group exhibition “Keywords For Contemporary Photography: Privacy, Space, Voice” presented as part of Photoville 2016.
A Mark Mann portrait is a search for honesty. Adept at digital photography, Mann respects the grace inherent in the analog process. Relying on observation, patience and synchronicity he works with a perfect accomplice – his 1940’s Graflex super D camera fitted with a 1920’s Schneider lens.
Contenders in Israel’s first transgender pageant polished their moves and competed in “Miss Trans Israel.” Talleen Abu Hanna, 21, an Israeli from a Catholic Arab family, was crowned the winner of the 2016 pageant held at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv.
This exhibition includes the artwork of 22 New York Film Academy photography students, representing different countries and cultural identities around the world. They have converged in diversity here at NYFA with a shared passion for the universal language of photography.
These stories, many of which have won awards, reveal a complex, vibrant and often unseen version of New York. This exhibition, curated by four visual journalism professors, presents a multimedia selection of these views of the city.
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging is featuring photo-based works from some of our most recent alumni; graduates of 2016. These works are varied, exploring themes of identity, intimacy, family, community, the vernacular, history, and image-making itself.
Performing Statistics connects incarcerated teens in Richmond, Virginia with artists, advocates, police departments, and many others to create public art and advocacy projects that help transform Virginia’s juvenile justice system.
I want to pull back the curtain and show these politicians as they really are. Even though they are in plain sight, they can hide behind words and carefully arranged imagery to project their vision of America. I am using my camera to cut through the staging of these moments and reveal the cold, naked ambition for power.
These images capture a rich cross-section of the city’s population, depicting dress and social status in addition to possible criminal behavior. Focusing solely on women captured by police camera, this exhibit examines how these unique portraits offer a fascinating window into the lives of women in early 20th-century New York.
A mash-up of genre from fashion to documentary, Represent brings together photographers who are exploring contemporary issues through intimate storytelling around the world, crafting new perspectives in fashion with mixed media, and challenging convention through vibrant portraiture and quirky concepts.
Photographer Ami Vitale has recently turned her lens to documenting compelling wildlife stories and spent three years documenting these fascinating bears. “Rewilding Pandas” appeared in the August 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Our scientific understanding of taste has lagged behind what we know about our other senses, but that is beginning to change. To see how scientists are exploring taste and how chefs are exploring science, photographer Brian Finke traveled to 10 locations from New Zealand to Denmark, visiting research labs and test kitchens searching for a deeper scientific understanding of yumminess. “The Science of Taste” appeared in the December 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine.
This exhibit aims to introduce Korean photography past and present. The exhibition will consist of four parts: portrait, cityscape, landscape, and still-life. These are the same sections addressed in Sensation Photography magazine, in order to put the magazine within the historical context of Korean photography.
Generations of Canada’s First Nations forgot who they were. Languages died out, sacred ceremonies were criminalized and suppressed. These double exposure portraits explore the trauma of some of the 80,000 living survivors who remain. Through extensive accompanying interviews, they address the impact of intergenerational trauma and lateral violence, documenting the slow path toward healing.
This series features an excerpt from the tenth edition of Street Dreams Magazine, highlighting the New York-based photographers featured in Issue 010 including Daniela Spector, Oveck, and Brian Alcazar.
Sports are woven into life and culture on every level, from professional to high school to community leagues proving to be a common human thread steeped in tradition. The imagery of a baseball diamond, whether it’s perfectly manicured or a neighborhood sandlot conjures personal memories we can instantly relate to. Here you will see unique stories told in a photo narrative style that bring to life people and places that sports fans do not always get to see or go.
Chosen from the class of 2016, these alumni of the BFA Photography and Video department exemplify the diversity of practice that the program cultivates and the medium encourages. Despite this pluralism, the work is unified by a spirit of invention and a restless form of inquiry, as well as a deep knowledge of the contemporary photographic conversation.
Texting Syria is an installation exploring the experience of Syrian refugees in the context of connectivity in the digital age. In these portraits, Syrians in Lebanon fleeing the civil war back home use mobile phones to stay in touch with their families who remain under siege in the city of Homs. A mundane and ubiquitous act — checking or sending a text message — is transformed by war into communiqués that can be a matter of life and death.
The Curated Fridge goes on a road trip to Photoville 2016 with Aline Smithson at the wheel!
Isn’t this exciting? Your images will be curated by Aline Smithson, one of the most important figures in the photographic world and, once selected, your prints will be viewed by thousands of visitors in Photoville 2016!
The Future Perfect brings together work from the last five years of students who graduated from three programs at the International Center of Photography: General Studies, Documentary Practice & Visual Journalism, and the MFA.
The highly successful Heidler & Heeps Vinyl Collection, created to immerse viewers with mesmerizingly beautiful imagery and to celebrate analogue technology in both subject and technique, will be presented at Photoville as the Heidler & Heeps Vinyl Store. Visitors can browse through limited edition hand-printed photography and start or add to their own collections.
These portraits illustrate Europe’s long and complex history of immigration. Algerians came to France while their homeland was a French colony, surging in the 1954-1962 war of independence. Since the 1990s, some 40,000 Somalis fleeing civil war have settled in Sweden. Indians are among the three million South Asians who’ve come to Britain from former British colonies. About as many Turks live in Germany. They came as guest workers in the 1960s and ’70s—but stayed and had families.
This project is all about portraiture. Our Salt Teens present their portrait work in both still and video. In addition to our print gallery, we have collaborated with our sponsors, B&H Photo and B12 Studios to create an immersive VR experience with 360º video.
In Water Stories, Mustafah Abdulaziz presents powerful images, from across four continents, documenting the global water crisis. The installation will feature 70 large-scale photographs on the East River waterfront, presented in massive light boxes visible from Manhattan.
For two years, I have been looking at the global consequences of rising sea levels caused by climate change. Today, no one doubts that glaciers the world over are retreating and, even more worryingly, that Greenland and Antarctica are melting at an increasing pace. The question: how fast ?
This multi-media installation documents a Bridging the Gap van ride to Smithfield and Huntingdon prisons, offering a glimpse into the lives of this group of women on the outside trying to stay connected to loved ones behind bars.
Aftermath: What the Legacy of Inequality Looks Like
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project presents a discussion with four of our video grantees about the process of making visual works that address important American aftermath issues, including: the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the North; urban neglect; and the cultural conflict over abortion sparked by Roe v. Wade.
An Exclusive Conversation with Donna Ferrato and Paul Moakley
In this conversation, Ferrato will sit down with Paul Moakley, Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise at TIME Magazine, to walk through some of her most eye-opening work and share the stories behind her images.
This is a BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) workshop that will meet at Brooklyn Central in DUMBO. The workshop also includes an (optional) wrap-up session and casual group critique, where students can share the work they shot and get feedback from instructors and workshop peers.
Panelists will discuss the role of higher education in contemporary photography. How does the photographic practice relate to visual arts, literature, film, and journalism? How do educators keep up with technological developments? How does social media activism interact with photography education? What are some of the approaches to different techniques and materials? What role does photographic history and tradition play in today’s classroom? Special thanks to Rick Schatzberg for conceiving this panel.
Big Games and Big Shots — A Sports Photography Workshop
This is a BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) workshop that will meet for a brief intro and slideshow session at the United Photo Industries Gallery before heading out to the sports fields and courts of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The workshop also includes an (optional) wrap-up session and casual group critique, where students can share the work they shot and get feedback from instructors and workshop peers.
With this panel discussion, we aim to provide the audience with a better understanding of how and why the lack of diverse voices in the media leads to “outsiders” being tasked with documenting communities other than their own.
Some of Sophie Gamand’s models from the Flower Power exhibition are still available for adoption and will make special appearances throughout the weekend, from agencies including DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society), Beastly Rescue, Animal Haven, Redemption Rescue, Mr Bones & Co and more!
In this panel, moderated by Alison Zavos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Feature Shoot, we’ll talk to photographers Shaniqwa Jarvis, Dustin Cohen, Michael Rubenstein and Michael George, who each turned personal projects into paying gigs.
ICP Community Programs: Teen Storytellers Impacting Change
ICP’s Community Partnerships and Teen Academy together serve more than 900 young people throughout the city each year by developing their knowledge of photography, critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.
Images of Africa: Lessons Learned from Media Coverage of Crises
At the height of the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there was intense global media coverage — much of it focused on international aid efforts. The media was criticized for depicting Africans as silent victims, ignoring the many citizens who mobilized to fight the epidemic. What role can media play in conveying a more nuanced and multifaceted view?
Daylight has gathered some of its new artists to discuss the various facets that go toward packaging photo projects into book form. The panel will feature short presentations led by artists, followed by a discussion with Daylight’s Creative Director about the specifics of creating a photo book: editing and sequencing, cover treatments, and other design considerations.
Students from neighborhoods across New York City present work from a digital photography internship that centered on fashion and commercial photography. The goals of this program were to empower participants, develop their personal voice as artists, teach them to harness the power of visual imagery, and learn about the workings of the commercial photography industry.
For this conversation, PhotoShelter’s VP of Marketing Amy Fitzgibbons will walk you through all the “old school” tips that are at the heart of successfully promoting yourself. Fitzgibbons will be joined by Street Dreams Magazine photographer Akhil Sesh, who will dive into the “new world” of Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and more.
This panel with Haviv and professor/cultural critic Lauren Walsh explores the instability of memory in the age of instantaneous, disposable imagery. Platforms like Snapchat permit an ephemerality that shapes how we use pictures, making them more of an “in-the- moment” language than a record of our past. How will we remember our today in the future?
The workshop is geared toward still photographers who want to broaden their skills and produce video in addition to stills, and will focus on the mechanics of shooting video with a DSLR, including sequencing, audio and story selection.
NYC SALT students and staff will discuss the power of a portrait, explaining different types of portraiture and how they created the photos in our exhibit. Our panelists will also show the VR and 360 portraits in our exhibit and explain how the technology works, as well as why they chose VR and 360 camera technology to create a different kind of portrait.
Speakers include Future Imagemaker alumni Cydney Blitzer, LaGuardia High School; Diego Callenbach, NYC Lab High School; Cheyenne Sookoo, Brooklyn High School of the Arts; Hanjing (Angel) Zheng, Brooklyn Technical High School; and NYU Student Teacher Elliot Brown Jr., Photography & Imaging BFA 2016. Panel will be moderated by Lorie Novak, Professor of Photography & Imaging, Founder and Director of Future Imagemakers.
PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers
Photographers featured in PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers will explain how they got their work seen and noticed, and offer advice on how to share, promote and get support for personal projects.
Stretch your imagination and prepare yourself for an incredible journey into the wide open world of photography with fashion and fine art photographer Mark de Paola. Using his wealth of still and motion imagery, Mark will demonstrate how his use of the Leica Noctilux allows him to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances to render his style and approach to portraiture.
Live storytelling inspired by iconic sports photos. ESPN uses photography to accompany games and stories, but oftentimes a photograph comes first and inspires an incredible narrative. Storytellers from across ESPN share original pieces born from a single image.
Learn the techniques for shooting captivating street images. Check out a Leica camera and lens for a guided photowalk with Aziz Yazdani and experience the art of street photography through the Leica perspective.
Taxes and finances may not be your passion, but staying on top of both can help you maintain your sanity and earn more each year. In this discussion, PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman sits down with CPA Steven Zelin, whose tax practice focuses on helping artists and creatives.
The Beauty of Uncertainty — A Street Photography Workshop
Photojournalism is not simply the act of taking pictures, but a way of demanding more from life, and in this workshop, award-winning photojournalist Spencer Platt will guide students through the art and practice of street photography.
The City at Night — A Low Light Photography Workshop
In this gear-centric workshop, students will learn how to get great shots in less than ideal lighting situations. Led by low-light mastermind and gear head Gabe Biderman of B&H, learn how to make the most of your equipment and how to assess and approach difficult lighting situations and get great shots without shooting in the dark.
The EyeEm Photo Adventure: From Governor’s Island to Photoville
Come join us as we make the journey from Governor’s Island to this year’s Photoville Exhibition! Through ferry rides, a walk around the beautiful Governor’s Island, and onto Photoville in Brooklyn, photojournalist and EyeEm photographer Patrick Kolts will be giving us tips and tricks on how to document the world around us in unique ways.
Eight years ago, ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue set out with one mission: to celebrate and explore the athletic form through powerful images and interviews. Today, the issue’s cornerstone photo portfolio is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the summer. Our panelists will take you behind the scenes to discuss how the issue comes together, and the creative process of working with world-class professional athletes at their most vulnerable.
The Photo Editor and Photographer Bond: A Peek Behind the Curtain
Ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at how photographers and their editors work together and bring an idea to life? In this exclusive panel, Sarah Leen, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic magazine, sits down with award-winning photographers Erika Larsen and David Guttenfelder.
Photography has never been more important to helping brands and publications communicate with their audiences. So with a constant need for great photography, how do art directors and photo editors find and work with photographers?
Community art projects, both large and small, can become vehicles for social change. Artists discuss their longterm projects, how they began, how they involve their communities, and what advice they have for other artists who wish to engage their own communities in art projects. Panelists will discuss projects on local communities and the impacts they’ve had, far and wide.