In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Photoville adjusted to this new reality with creativity and flexibility. Photoville Festival 2020 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 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 2020 Festival included 30 online talks, workshops, and special events presented with and by artists and industry professionals.
Over the month of October, 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.
2019-2020 Visual Artist AIRspace residents Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Arisleyda Dilone, Alicia Mersy, and Charisse Pearlina Weston, share work they developed during their residency period at Abrons Arts Center.
A Mother’s Eye features photographs of children made by their mothers. Artists uncover the moments that become family memories, narratives of growing up.
ABC(orona) is a family’s anecdotal and thoroughly un-researched guide to surviving the corona virus lockdown.
In collaboration with TIME, photographer Haruka Sakaguchi documented the stories of ten New York-based Asian Americans, who share their experiences of racism during the pandemic, and how their perspectives have been shaped by recent Black Lives Matter protests.Learn More
BLACKNESS IS seeks to highlight and challenge nuanced ideas of Black identity through the presentation of questions blended with landscape scenes of a desert, an environment known to be oppressive towards human life.
Brooklyn Bridge Park at 10 offers snapshots of the design, construction, and creation of this vibrant 85-acre ecological landscape–one of the largest and most significant public projects to be built in New York City in a generation.
Capturing the perspectives and experiences of inner-city, east coast, and Latinx-American lives and their rituals, Can We Talk? reflects on the romance and hyperbole embedded in everyday symbols.
Cheering on the Border is a story of the border not as a boundary, but as a region, and how life in that region is experienced by a specific group of high school cheerleaders.
Climate Archive by Suzette Bousema explores ancient ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland, as a visual representation and future prediction of climate change.
The trailblazing women photographed for this project are bringing change to the construction industry of New York. They are building the future of the construction trades.
In Venezuela, women in prison wait for years–under cramped and deplorable conditions–before moving on to trial to be judged. Will the women be able to return to society upon release? What do their conditions tell us about the state of Venezuelan society?
Gangsterism in Schauderville was constructed during the apartheid era. Although apartheid is abolished, the trauma that emerged from years of oppression is still alive. This work exemplifies a humane representation of a community, trying not to let the past, nor the stereotypes, define them.
Since the start of the pandemic, health workers have been operating in difficult and grueling conditions, as they continue saving lives on the frontline. At the hospital where I work, staff must balance caring for patients with a limited supply of personal protective equipment, while keeping track of changing protocols, and working conditions.Learn More
Duggal Visual Solutions has been at the forefront of innovation in visual communication and multimedia solutions for more than half a century, partnering with clientele from the independent photographer to the world’s most recognized museums and galleries. Our annual Capture the Moment Photo Contest is held in honor of our late visionary founder, Baldev Duggal.
A personal approach to street photography by Staten Island-based artist Olga Ginzburg.
Flamingo Bob is a celebrity on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, where he acts as an emissary for conservation and protecting nature.
Kennedi Carter (b. 1998) explores ideas of Blackness related to wealth, power, respect, and belonging in her new series of photographs. Carter dressed friends and acquaintances in historically-inspired costumes that represent wealth and power.
From Bangladeshi garment factories to Portland’s Black Lives Matter protests, from Algeria’s streets to Hong Kong’s universities, Frontlines in Focus highlights the uprisings shaking our world this year, and the independent image makers whose roles are especially vital, during this time of collective isolation.
By constructing sets of intimate living spaces, and positioning both Black and Haitian Americans in these re-imagined realities, Haiti To Hood examines the social dynamics within Haitian-American identity.
Healing Justice Practitioners in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A contemplative, inner journey of photographs, made from looking out of windows and seeking a sense of connection, longing for the warmth of humanity.
The Alice Austen House fosters creative expression, explores personal identity, and educates and inspires the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life, and historic home of pioneering American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952).
With a higher proportion of the Dutch population finding co-living as a solution to the rising cost of living, providing elder-care, living sustainably, and coping with loneliness, these alternative options have become more available, and diverse.
An exploration of the Black vernacular through archival photographs depicting gatherings, essential workers, pioneers, genius, and joy.
Never before have journalists been more vilified as enemies of the people, or their work so readily dismissed and brushed away as fake news.
Taken between 2009 and 2020, La Vida en Loisaida (Life on the Lower East Side) amplifies the pride of longtime LES residents, in the wake of the neighborhood’s rapid and difficult changes.
Explore works by the 2019 recipients of the inaugural Leica Women Foto Project award. The exhibiting artists are Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova, and Eva Woolridge, whose work highlight today’s social and political climate observed through the female perspective.
A photographer began photographing her brother to better understand him as a person on the autism spectrum. The project blossomed into a collaboration when he started to narrate his own story.
Love Does Not Have Borders is an artistic and political project of BordeAndo, a crochet and embroidery collective made up of immigrant women in Queens, New York. The project reflects on the injustice faced by immigrants enduring family separations along the U.S. border.
Selected works by the 23 graduating seniors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Photography & Imaging BFA class of 2020, addressing issues of climate change, identity, cultural heritage, borders, adoption, alienation, visuality, labor, and more.
New York City’s Spring 2020 graduates, from pre-k to medical school, talk about having their traditional commencement ceremonies altered and their experiences in quarantine, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Portraits of people and scenes of social distancing on the NYC Ferry during the summer.
Photoville’s Emerging Artists to Watch.
Picking Up NYC offers a glimpse into the New York City Department of Sanitation’s rich history of heroism, inviting viewers to recognize the Sanitation workforce for their ceaseless efforts to keep New York City alive.
Places of Inspiration highlights photographic work created by four photographers, in places and spaces that are meaningful to the them in their creative and personal lives, which can often be one and the same.
Wayne Lawrence’s collaborative portraits of loss remove abstraction and remind us that every life lost during this pandemic is profound, and deeply personal.
The exhibit is an introduction and tribute to several women in Afghanistan, each of whom has achieved a level of recognition, and has paid a price for breaking from the crowd.
Q100 was photographed by Salvador Espinoza during 2016. The only method of public transportation to and from Rikers Island, the Q100 bus originates in his hometown neighborhood of Long Island City.
Beauty standards are at once a celebration of femininity, and an agent of conformity. Around the world, technology and social media have put the power to define beauty in the hands of the people. We are in an expansive moment where everyone is beautiful.
Portraits of traditional peoples of the Amazon, and their sacred territories.
Single Mothers by Choice documents four women as they struggle to get pregnant, navigate the adoption and foster-care systems, and juggle a new life with children—all on their own.
In early June, The New York Times asked more than two dozen Black photographers to create self-portraits, whatever that phrase meant to them. This collection of those photos presents an intimate perspective from artists who are motivated by their own reality.
A showcase of recent work from the students of the Department of Photography/Advertising at Film-Television and Communication College of Shanghai Normal University.
We wish to highlight the work of the New York City Department of Education arts educators. By exhibiting our student’s works, we hope to add to the conversation on education policy, and shout out that: ART EDUCATION IS A NECESSARY RIGHT FOR ALL STUDENTS!
The world faces an unprecedented threat from COVID-19. It is more than a global health crisis–it is a socio-economic crisis which has exacerbated existing inequalities and created new inequalities that are hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest.
Over the course of a few days in March, The New York Times sent out dozens of photographers around the world to capture images of once-bustling public plazas, beaches, fairgrounds, and more. The photographs tell a similar story: emptiness proliferates like the virus.
The Journal is a collective, global project begun in March by more than 400 Women Photograph members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting lockdowns and quarantines.
The Lit List—a merit-based list of 25 photographers to watch, exhibit, and hire—is committed to recognizing the outstanding work of womxn, non-binary, transgender or gender-expansive people of color, and artists, who have been otherwise under-supported or under-resourced, by the visual media industry.
The Museum of the Old Colony is a conceptual art installation that examines the fraught relationship between the U.S., and its modern-day colony Puerto Rico, through the use of appropriated historical imagery and objects.
The Standing Strong Project is an ongoing, multi-media, and community-based project that aims to uplift Indigenous peoples in reclaiming their narrative by creating a safe space to make their own image.
Thirteen photographers from around the world re-photograph a scene from their archive, juxtaposing images from the past with the tumultuous year of 2020. They explore the visual imprint left on us by COVID-19, systemic racism, and social upheaval worldwide.
Thesis, Interrupted explores the evolution of the School of Visual Arts Masters in Digital Photography class of 2020’s thesis projects, during the pandemic and subsequent quarantine.
A showcase of the winners of the 7th Edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition.
Through photos, words, and multimedia, the Bronx Documentary Center exhibition, Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis, documents the current president’s overturning of decades of American environmental policy, and its profound effects on American society, and our planet at large.
A visual record of found and personal photographs and cultural memorabilia, Wendy Red Star’s Um-basax-bilua (Where They Make the Noise) summarizes the century-long history of the Crow Fair, and examines the cultural shift from colonial forced assimilation to cultural reclamation.
An underwater photo journey of the amazing marine wildlife at home in the waters of New York.
The Mz. Icar collective and Erin Patrice O’Brien have teamed up to explore value in terms of iconography. Part archival study, part portrait series, this collection of remixed photographs celebrates Black women, and the value of representation.
We Are Present is an excerpt of portraits taken in New York and Minneapolis that documents the lived experiences of Black Americans during the double crisis of the pandemic, and the uprisings against injustice.
A preview of the traveling nationwide exhibit coming in 2021, We, Women presents the first cohort of women and non-binary artists examining critical issues across the U.S. through photo-based, community engagement projects that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes, while promoting empathy and unity.
When it is the photojournalist’s job to document the world’s news events? What happens when a new, deadly disease spreads across the world and threatens nearly everyone and everything—including the photographer? Chris Hondros Fund posed these two questions to three photojournalists: In 2020, what did you see, and where do we go from here?
Last Wildest Places by Jason Houston, focuses on deforestation in the Purús-Manu region in southeastern Peru. Cousins by Kristen Emack, is a poetic look at the photographer’s daughter and her three cousins, and their intimate involvement in each other’s lives.
This workshop provides an interactive, informal, and guided session around self-care and resilience.Learn More
New York Times photographers and editors will share highlights from their coverage of some of the year’s most visually compelling stories. Some of the photographers and editors who created Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America will discuss their work.Learn More
Join us for an artist talk with Wendy Red Star as she discusses her 2017 project Um-basax-bilua (Where They Make the Noise) 1904–2016, a celebration of cultural perseverance, colonial resistance, and ingenuity.Learn More
Lit List 2020 photographers Isabel Okoro, Justin J Wee, Nolwen Cifuentes, Carmen Daneshmandi, and Samantha Cabrera Friend will show work and discuss their experiences within the visual media industry.Learn More
New York-based Asian Americans who shared their experiences of pandemic-fueled racism with TIME gather for a virtual roundtable discussion on contextualizing anti-Asian racism during the coronavirus pandemic.Learn More
This session will focus on the art of pitching, website and portfolio editing, and marketing your work.Learn More
This session will focus on pricing structures, how to read and interpret contracts, and best practices for business negotiations.Learn More
This session will focus on legal business structures, taxes and accounting, and business insurance. The workshops are especially geared towards BIPOC photographers, and are open to photographers anywhere in the world.Learn More
Pulitzer Center grantees Pablo Albarenga and Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen, in conversation with Marina Walker Guevara, discuss their approaches to photographing marginalized communities.Learn More
What does today’s Black Hollywood look like through the lens of a seasoned Black photographer?Learn More
Join Leica Professional Photographer, Jay Cassario as he talks through his photographic journey with Leica.Learn More
Students in the Bronx Junior Photo League (BJPL), the Bronx Documentary Center’s (BDC) free documentary storytelling and college success program for 6th through 12th grade students, have been documenting social justice issues and community-based stories since 2013.Learn More
ZEKE Award winners Kristen Emack, Jason Houston, and Nicoló Filippo Rosso will present their winning projects and discuss their views on the state of documentary photography today.Learn More
Join this panel of extraordinary photographers as they explore the topic of remaining creatively fresh and engaged while working within the limitations of social isolation, travel bans, and extremely divisive political discourse.Learn More
Explore the unique visual dialogues of our esteemed Leica Women Foto Project 2019 awardees, Debi Cornwall, Yana Paskova and Eva Woolridge, in a multi-dimensional conversation covering topics from gender parity in visual storytelling to the value of a personal project.Learn More
Participants will be guided through a series of conversations and hands-on activities that begin to unpack the ways in which our whiteness and privilege function in the world, and in our practice as media-makers.Learn More
Embark on a visual road trip for a glimpse of a socially distanced country in distress and hope through a visual series by Brian Bowen Smith.Learn More
The panel will conclude with a dynamic discussion among the participants and the audience of youth photographers, in an effort to engage in a greater dialogue about how photography can serve as a platform for youth to tell their own stories, build community, and impact change.Learn More
INSPIRED LIVE provides a platform for a unique group of cross-disciplined artists and industry professionals to reveal their sources of inspiration. In these fast-paced, 6-minute presentations, speakers select 15 images which stay on screen for 20 seconds each.Learn More
Jennifer McClure will speak about her personal work and how she has used photography as an emotional lifeline during this pandemic.Learn More
Join photographer Lisa Carney to learn how you can easily create B&W photos using just your smartphone.Learn More
Join food photographer Bea Lubas to learn how to make mouth-watering food photos using just your smartphone.Learn More
Join Brooklyn-based portrait photographer Aundre Larrow to learn how you can create great portraits using your smartphone.Learn More
We’re sharing some inside looks into the processes and experiences of our 2020 Photography and Social Justice Fellows as their projects near completion.Learn More
Join us for a conversation looking back at the origins of photography–how it has been used as a tool of colonialism, and how this legacy still appears today, both culturally and institutionally.Learn More
Visual Thinking Collective members Sarah Leen, Shannon Simon, Lauren Steel, and Elizabeth Krist will critique submitted projects in smaller breakout groups. 24 photographers will be divided into random groups and will have an opportunity to discuss a project with one of the editors, while others in their group listen in.Learn More
Educator Kamal Badhey and her adult and teen students, William Page, A’ssia Rai, and Valerie Zink reflect on their journey of investigating their family archives.Learn More
Explore today’s important conversations and the moments in between at each focal point. Acclaimed documentary photographers, Ruddy Roye and Devin Allen give us their unique perspectives and the backstory on capturing the shot.Learn More
Join award-winning photographer and film director, Deborah Anderson, as she brings to light the history and culture of the Lakota tribe with her latest body of work, “Women Of The White Buffalo”.Learn More
Join photographers Anand Varma, Esther Horvath, and Max Aguilera-Hellweg in conversation with Senior Photo Editor Todd James as they discuss their work in scientific photography, and how they tackle each story’s unique visual challenges.Learn More
How does one become a stylist?Learn More
This panel will celebrate New York City students and their arts educators. We will also present a call to action: Ensure that arts education remains a leading factor in the curriculum of every child.Learn More
Photographer and Educator Cheriss May shares her experiences, responsibility, and connection to telling the story of national reckoning on race and justice from the lens of a Black woman.Learn More
Storytelling, identity, prejudice, family, friends, community, intersectionality, activism, and finding freedom through creativity are some of the topics addressed in the photographic projects of the 2020 NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers. They will discuss their work, and how photo-based image-making has empowered them to speak up for social justice.Learn More
Join us as we highlight the work of We, Women artists, and the vital role the arts can play in social change movements by visualizing issues, attracting attention, connecting change makers, and bridging dialogues.Learn More
Listen in as internationally recognized, award-winning National Geographic contributing photographer, Lynn Johnson and acclaimed photo editor Elizabeth Krist sit down for a discussion of the projects they have worked on together.Learn More
Photographers Sheila Pree Bright (Atlanta, U.S.A.), Yolanda Escobar Jiménez (Quito, Ecuador), Brian Otieno (Nairobi, Kenya), and Xiaojie Ouyang (Wuhan, China), discuss what it was like to return to places they had photographed before and make new photographs.Learn More
Using Tyler Mitchell’s exhibition, I Can Make You Feel Good, at the International Center of Photography (ICP), as a springboard, photographers Quil Lemons and Arielle Bobb-Willis will share their work and have a conversation led by ICP’s curator-at-large, Isolde Brielmaier.Learn More
Members of the Visual Thinking Collective will present a workshop geared toward the mid-career photographer. Presentations will focus on building editorial skills and will consider an array of issues, including the elements of the visual narrative, researching and pitching story ideas, exploring your photographic identity, sustaining and editing long-term projects, marketing your abilities, and working with clients.Learn More
Photographers Destiny Mata and Gogy Esparza discuss their artistic practices and the role New York City plays in shaping their aesthetic perspectives. Moderated by Abrons Arts Center’s Director of Programming, Ali Rosa-Salas.Learn More