Explore stunning and compelling visual stories of love, resilience, joy, and humanity as told by our Lightroom Ambassadors.
This exhibit is connected to Queens through history, tradition, and intimate stories and experiences; three lens based artists – Anthoula Lelekidis, Salvador Espinoza, and Julie Thompson – explore themes of personal history of diaspora and memory, the impacts of development and gentrification, and the unique culture of local communities.Learn More
The Schomburg Center shares images of the oldest photographs in their collection. Early photographs created space for black self-representation and offered a way to visualize Black humanity at a time when most African Americans were legally held as property.Learn More
As Free As A Bird is an ostensibly casual portrait of an invisible, closed community of mobile home dwellers in the Netherlands. A world in itself, containing free spirits not constrained by employment agreements or civic duties, with their own unwritten rules, taste and culture.Learn More
Tributaries is a group exhibition featuring the works of three lens-based artists and members of the School of Visual Arts Continuing Education community, residency participant Murat Kahya, SVACE student Nivia Hernandez, and SVACE faculty member Esteban Toro.Learn More
The Gay Space Agency confronts the American space program’s historical exclusion of openly queer astronauts, reimagining a history of the space program that celebrates queerness and highlights LGBTQIA+ role models.Learn More
A multimedia exhibit consisting of intimate audio interviews and poignant medium format film portraits exploring the unique collective loss experienced by local burlesque performers during the first winter of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.Learn More
Presented by care:work and NYC Parks
Care:work is a clear-eyed look at the diversity of work — the dignity, strength, and challenges confronting caregivers in our families, institutions, and communities.Learn More
Presented by The Ravestijn Gallery, Photoville and NYC Parks, with additional support from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
The longer I do not travel, the more I turn to the place where I live. I see how my environment takes care of me — how the baker and the greengrocer bring groceries to my doorstep every Saturday morning — how all kinds of people call this their town, their neighborhood, their home.Learn More
Presented by Photoville
A visual story about why the Afro-Colombian community of Quinamayó celebrates Christmas in February, expressing resistance through culture since their ancestors were enslaved people.Learn More
Presented by Photoville, with additional support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation
Puddles in my Head is about community, love, family, friends, pain, confusion, anger, joy, struggle, redemption, and how it all intertwines within the disabled community. It’s about our emotions.Learn More
Presented by The International Rescue Committee
The Hands That Make a Home is a visual story about what happens when four refugees and a migrant rebuild home with the help of their new community.Learn More
When COVID-19 hit Kensington, people took care of one another. The Kensington Cares exhibit celebrates this collective movement on the Avenue C Plaza—a place of resilience and creativity.Learn More
Mystery Of the Disguised is a visual exploration of the construction of an imaginary with the oral story of a town in Veracruz called Coyolillo, an Afro-Mexican community in the south of Mexico—reframing their history to one of freedom.Learn More
Staff, volunteers, and participants at community-based health and social justice organizations in Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania share their ideas about how to reduce overdose deaths and improve the lives of people who have been harmed by punitive drug policies, discrimination, and poverty.Learn More
Runa Kawsay explores the nuances of Indigenous Kichwa identity from the personal experiences of the Kichwa community living in Turtle Island (North America).Learn More
Explore stunning and compelling visual stories of love, resilience, joy, and humanity as told by our Lightroom Ambassadors.Learn More
Explore stunning and compelling visual stories of love, resilience, joy, and humanity as told by our Lightroom Ambassadors.
Stoop Stories™ is a documentary storytelling platform designed to connect, support, and celebrate our New York City neighbors— especially those hardest hit by the pandemic and systemic inequities.Learn More
American work has gotten increasingly unstable. It’s no wonder an increasing number are drawn to a model of working that gives them back some power. Welcome to worker co-ops—businesses where the workers literally own the place. Now, they are springing up across the nation.Learn More
Recipient of the 2020 Photoville & PhotoWings Educator Exhibition Grant.
This project began over Zoom in the fall of 2020 with students from the East Side Photo Program.Learn More
The exhibition places in conversation the work of Harlem-based studio photographer Austin Hansen (1910-1996) with six contemporary photographers: Dario Calmese, Cheriss May, Flo Ngala, Ricky Day, Gerald Peart, and Mark Clennon. Their practices explore identity, Black experiences, visual culture, and portraiture.Learn More
Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating the everyday heroes of our neighborhoods.Learn More
Digital storytelling platform My Projects Runway celebrates women residents of Lower East Side public housing who have contributed to transformative change in our neighborhood with portraits from Courtney Garvin and a video work by Christopher Currence.Learn More
Teachers at two New York City public high schools share work made by their students during the pandemic. Students turned their lenses inward and made work exploring domestic life—sharing their photography with family and friends during this challenging school year.Learn More
Local artists, youth, and community members come together to celebrate those dedicated to strengthening and supporting Fort Greene, focusing on long-term historic residents. This is an ongoing annual collaboration with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and Friends of Commodore Barry Park.Learn More
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.Learn More
giving them their flowers is a multimodal youth-led storytelling exhibit honoring matriarchs of color through collaged photographs and oral histories.Learn More
This exhibition celebrates local voices picturing the sorrows and joys of daily life as we heal and transform in community with one another.Learn More
The Bronx Documentary Center’s both senior and junior photo leagues were asked by the New York Times to make self-portraits; how they defined self-portrait was up to them. Their resulting images are an insight into who they are and what they’ve reflected on at home during the time of COVID-19.Learn More
Life-line is a series of 26 augmented full-bodied portraits with audible voices of multigenerational members, reflecting the diversity of the Lower East Side community that memorializes people waiting in line.Learn More
Malikah was founded by Astoria native Rana Abdelhamid, to build community and share resources with people impacted by hate and gender-based violence in a post-9/11 New York City. This series highlights the beauty and importance of our individual and collective journeys as we work towards a more just world.Learn More
Paradise Lost & Found: Bushwick is a snapshot of this section of Brooklyn during the tumultuous 1980s and early 1990s. Carrying a point-and-shoot camera to her job as an art teacher at IS 291 – Roland Hayes, Meryl Meisler’s images—kept secret for decades—are a personal memoir. Upon her retirement from teaching, she began releasing them into the world.Learn More
Across 41 years of photographing in Prospect Park, Jamel Shabazz has captured reunion picnics, musicians, races, dog walks, and so much more in the beloved park he calls his “Oasis in Brooklyn.”Learn More
On My Block is a love letter to New York City from a native New Yorker. The project utilizes portraits and cityscapes to give the viewer a unique perspective of the city.Learn More
Through the lens of local women photographers, we seek to elevate, amplify and increase the visibility of women’s participation in—and their essential contributions to—peace and security.Learn More
This exhibition brings together a broad range of photographers from different neighborhoods, backgrounds and life experiences. It asks: what does family look like to you? How do we express and explore the deepest and most dependable relationships in our lives? How important are they to our own identity, and how do they define us?Learn More
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scars of Racism seeks to document the lasting physical reminders of racism on the American landscape.
As part of an ongoing series, artist Rose DeSiano has been erecting obelisks throughout New York City. By marking the landscape, she has been sharing histories and honoring many great people
Community Heroes is a community organizing and public art project celebrating the everyday heroes of our neighborhoods.
Project Luz presents El Workers’ Studio, a series of images created in collaboration with communities of immigrant workers.
Kibera Stories shares the realities of life inside Africa’s largest slum and its people, its talent, and its potential, while providing insight and raising awareness about life inside the slum.
As part of the OPEN DOORS arts and justice initiative, the Reality Poets are men who have been harmed by gun violence using storytelling, hip-hop, and the spoken word, challenging their audiences to combat the injustice that breeds violence in New York City neighborhoods.
East Side Stories puts a human face to gang members in Los Angeles while in their homes and with their families.
ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offering engages photography as a practice containing attributes and religious traditions of Africa and its diaspora.Learn More
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen saw its cultural peak as a mecca for Mexican-American immigrants in the Midwest. The 2.76-square-mile community has seen rapid development, study shows.Learn More
Following wars and the occupation of many areas of the country by ISIL, Iraq is littered with explosive devices, including thousands of IEDs. Major population centers and small villages are unsafe for the people returning home.
“The Oldest Colony” is a meditation on the Puerto Rican identity as a product of the island’s political relationship with the United States as an unincorporated territory, and now as it morphs with the economic crisis and hurricane Maria’s aftermath.Learn More
Three Estonian photographers open doors that lead into three different communities of the Others in Estonia.Learn More
In the words of Lynsey Addario, “this body of work intends to capture a more intimate, nuanced view of Muslims in America, while focusing on their vast racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity.”Learn More
At the juncture of San Diego, California; and Tijuana, Mexico, the border wall’s rusting steel bars plunge into the sand, extending 300 feet into the Pacific Ocean, and casting a long and conflicting shadow.Learn More
This exhibit highlights the role of photography in creating public narratives of life struggles and social movements in Chiapas, Mexico. It builds on the media awareness generated by the Zapatista indigenous rebellion of 1994. Since then, social and political conflicts have led to displacement and confrontation, often generating multiple narratives of these events.Learn More
“In These Clasped Hands” started as a series of portraits of my family members in South Carolina. However, after the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre, the effects of loss could be felt throughout the state.Learn More
“The Blood and the Rain” is a multimedia collaboration by photographer Yael Martínez and graphic artist Orlando Velázquez, who have been welcomed by the Nahua communities to observe their practices.Learn More
“Facing Change: Documenting Detroit” is a community photojournalism initiative creating a documentary record of Detroit by Detroit-area photographers.Learn More
For millennia, the reindeer herding Nenets have been an inextricable part of the landscape of the Yamal (“The End of the Earth” in their language) in the Russian Arctic. According to many scientists, they have been incredibly resilient.Learn More
The goal of this project is to celebrate the everyday heroes of New York City, neighborhood by neighborhood. These residents have taken it upon themselves to organize for good in their neighborhoods.Learn More
Flint is a Place is a cross-platform, episodic documentary series that seeks to document a specific moment within this American city in an intimate, character-driven way.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Insider. Outsider. We tend to think of them as polar opposites. Like right and wrong. Rich and poor. Black and white. But the labels we covet and stick onto others are nothing if not a reflection of perspective.Learn More
Sixty years ago, just marching was considered an act of protest. Actually, in 1969, a group of young men burnt down 40 buildings in the town of Clinton South Carolina, after feeling that the pressure put on them by the Ku Klux Klan was too much to bear. That was their protest.Learn More
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down speaks of life in the Arkansas Delta forty years go and today. Black-and-white photographs made long years ago are interwoven with recent color photographs and, in turn, with a short story.Learn More
When a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on April 25th, 2015 followed by a powerful aftershock on May 12th, 2015, the world stood in shock.Learn More
This spring, 15 young people from neighborhoods across Brooklyn were able to participate in a digital photography internship that taught a documentary style of photography focused on issues related to their neighborhoods and self-exploration. The goals of this program were to empower participants, develop their personal voice as artists, and teach them to harness the power of visual storytelling.
In Tunnel People, we get to know Vietnam veterans, macro-biotic hippies, crack addicts, Cuban refugees, convicted killers, computer programmers, philosophical recluses and criminal runaways. Tunnel People, both the book with its wealth of ethnographic details and the photo documentary with strong yet elegant and telling images has become a classic testimony of homeless life in the 1990s.
Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, the road to recovery is still long and hard. With so many images in the mass media depicting landscapes of devastation and disaster immediately after Hurricane Sandy, How Sandy Hit Rockaway focuses on the people affected by the disaster and the unique obstacles to recovery facing each individual.Learn More
The past two years photographer Anaïs López and writer Eva Smallegange worked on this project and eventually succeeded in making a new book about Burundi: a book with a positive outlook, containing personal stories of Koky, their guide and the main narrator.Learn More
The Magnum Foundation will present Magnum award-winner Bruce Gilden and his series “No Place Like Home: Foreclosures in America” as well as Beijing-based Sim Chi Yin, member of the VII Photo Agency Mentor Program, and her series “China’s Rat Tribe,” which peers into the lives of young migrant workers literally living underground in Beijing.Learn More
The East River Ferry is presenting a community-sourced exhibition of photos taken from East River Ferry vessels or of East River ferry vessels.Learn More
In celebration of the launch of PHOTOVILLE, United Photo Industries joined forces with Photo District News and Brooklyn Bridge Park to curate and produce THE FENCE, a summer-long outdoor photo exhibition that attracted an audience of more than one million visitors!Learn More
Join us for an evening of music, community, and beautiful visual storytelling as we celebrate how photography captures and reflects our histories.Learn More
Come learn about the Community Heroes toolkit! This new and free resource helps artists, groups and public spaces to organize a local public art project in their community.Learn More
Featuring photographer Nolan Trowe discussing his exhibition Puddles In My Head: (Our Emotions)Learn More
Engage in a conversation with Syrian photojournalists on the successes and challenges of documenting the last decade of war in Syria.Learn More
Co-operative businesses are returning workers’ power. These photographers have shown both the beauty and the effort of when Americans get to be their own bosses.Learn More
ICP Community Programs: Teen Storytellers Impacting Change is a panel featuring current students and alumni in conversation on the roles that photography plays in fostering self-confidence, community building, and social change, especially now during these unprecedented times.Learn More
Black female photographers bring a unique visual perspective to major news events. In this talk, Tara and Michael will take a close, fascinating and informative look at key images from 2020’s social justice protests.Learn More
What does responsible ownership and exploration of whiteness look like?Learn More
Photoville’s 10 Under 10 featuring presentations from The New York Times, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Abrons Arts Center, Magnum Foundation, Pulitzer Center, Indigenous Photo, United Nations Women, Joseph Rodriguez, The Darkroom Masters, and National Geographic featuring live music from Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby 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
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
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
What does it mean to enter into collaboration in the photographic process? Join us to hear five women talk about their projects and practices that are rooted in working with others.Learn More
Join Joseph Rodríguez, Ruben Martinez, Dr. Jesse De La Cruz, and Rubén Martínez for a powerful educational discussion on gang violence, juvenile justice and re-entry into Los Angeles communities.Learn More
A panel discussion moderated by MFON co-founders, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Adama Delphine Fawundu, will feature contributing photographers sharing perspectives on photography and spirituality.Learn More
Students will present their collaborative project, “Postcards from Brownsville” and discuss how their photographs can impact insider and outside perceptions of their community.Learn More
A panel discussion from the founding members of RECLAIM: an alliance of The Everyday Projects, Native Agency, Majority World, Women Photograph, Minority Report [renamed from Visioning Project], and Diversify Photo. We are six organizations committed to amplifying the voices of underrepresented photographers and decolonizing the photojournalism industry.Learn More
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.Learn More
We hope you’ll join us in raising a glass in celebration of the talented men and women whose work is featured in this year’s FENCE exhibits.Learn More
In community-based art and participatory photography programs, artists collaborate with people whose lives directly inform the subject matter. Photography is used to express collective meaning, help participants find their voice, and build community. Panelists will discuss their work in the field and the challenges they face.Learn More
In the past decade, politics replaced sex as the one thing in America we don’t discuss in mixed company. Bring It to The Table defies that rule by engaging people to examine not just what they believe politically, but why.Learn More
The Magnum Foundation’s panel discussion will highlight the experiences of photographers and activists working in communities affected by gun violence. Issues of access, process, and protection for photographers will be addressed. Organized in conjunction with MF’s installation at Photoville: Heaven’s Gain: Recent work by Justin Maxon.Learn More
Community-based art is a hyphenated field in which artists collaborate with people whose lives directly inform the subject matter to express collective meaning, help participants find their voice, and build community.Learn More