Ann Curry Joins PHOTOVILLE Brooklyn Bridge Park Exhibition, Now thru 9/29

Ann Curry Joins PHOTOVILLE Brooklyn Bridge Park Exhibition, Now thru 9/29

United Photo Industries announces programming for PHOTOVILLE, a free photographic village comprising over 45 shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, today, September 19-29, 2013. The event will feature over 40 exhibitions, 7 photo screenings, 30 talks, 20 workshops, community events -- ALL FREE -- plus a food and beer garden. For more information, visit photovillenyc.org, and read more below!

Over 40 exhibitions including Liberia: Remembering, presented by the Chris Hondros Fund; 501 Photographs by musician & photographer Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs); Reporting Our World by NBC News anchor/correspondent Ann Curry; Photo Requests from Solitary, a collaborative project organized by Tamms Ten Year, Solitary Watch, the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and Parsons The New School for Design, with support from the Open Society Foundations;Martin Roemers' Metropolis, documenting megacities; Noorderlicht Festival's The Sequel; Anaïs López and Eva Smallegange'sOnly in Burundi, Nina Berman's Fractured: The Shale Play, on fracking in the U.S.; The New York Times; TIME Magazine; Paolo Woods' portraits of Haiti life presented by INSTITUTE.

7 Nighttime photography screenings including MediaStorm, Daylight's ten-year anniversary celebration, FotoVisura, Question Bridge, INSTITUTE, and Slideluck curated by TIME's Kira Pollack.

Over 30 Photography talks and panels presented by PhotoShelter's Luminance hosting Professional Development Sessions The Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Museum of the City of New York, Flak Photo; Daylight Books, Stella Kramer & Julie Grahame, and PhotoVoiceNYC.

Over 20 Workshops including "Great Portraits in 15 Seconds," by David Graham; "Shooting People: The Art of the Street Approach," by Brooklyn Central; "Plastic Fantastic," by Lomography; "Creative Manipulations with Impossible Instant Film," by The Impossible Project; a zine workshop with Conveyor Arts; Center for Alternative Photography's introduction to cyanotypes; and Justina Villanueva's "Guide to Rock Photography."

Community participation events including AXS Map; PhotoShelter Photographer Peer Review Happy Hour; Flak Photo NY Community Meetup.

1,000-foot-long outdoor photographic installation, The FENCE running throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park

Food & Beer Garden run by Greenwood Park with the support of Brooklyn Brewery.

Brooklyn-based photographic art-presenting organization United Photo Industries produces unique, site-specific exhibitions, installations and events that demonstrate the universal power of photography. This September 19-29, they will present their most ambitious undertaking to date, Photoville 2013, a 74,000 sq. ft. photography-focused pop up village filling more than 45 shipping containers repurposed into photo & multi-media galleries. Photoville features exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time screenings, a camera-flower installation by Brazilian artist André Feliciano-all free and wrapping around a summer beer-garden complete with food trucks. This second annual edition of the festival is substantially bigger than the inaugural Photoville, which was presented last summer and drew over 40,000 visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Photoville 2013 will take place on the Uplands of Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and will be open:

Thursday, September 19, 4pm - 10pm
Friday, September 20, 4pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 21, 12pm - 10pm
Sunday, September 22, 12pm - 8:30pm
Thursday, September 26, 4pm - 10pm
Friday, September 27, 4pm - 10pm
Saturday, September 28, 12pm - 10pm
Sunday, September 29, 12pm - 8pm

The public is encouraged to enter Brooklyn Bridge Park at Furman Street and Joralemon Street. Admission is free, however a suggested donation of $3 is encouraged and appreciated to secure the longevity of this community event.

Photoville 2013 has partnered with several Brooklyn cultural events including Marty Markowitz's Brooklyn Book Festival as an official Book End event on September 21, 2013 as well as the DUMBO Arts Festival (September 27 - 29, 2013) - A free community arts event where the idea of Photoville was original conceived.

Photoville is produced by United Photo Industries and presented in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photo District News, B&H Photo, Two Trees Management, Duggal Visual Solutions, DUMBO Business Improvement District, and One Brooklyn Bridge Park. The East River Ferry is the official Transportation sponsor of Photoville.

Visit www.photovillenyc.org for detailed directions and additional information.

Exhibition highlights, in (and outside of) 45 shipping containers, will include:

  • Liberia: Remembering, presented by the Chris Hondros Fund and curated by Jamie Wellford, which features the work of nine photojournalists who were in Monrovia in the summer of 2003: Martin Adler, Nic Botham, Carolyn Cole, Ben Curtis, Tim Hetherington, Chris Hondros, Mike Kamber, Q. Sakamaki and Kuni Takahashi. Hondros, Hetherington and Adler have since died covering conflicts. The show is presented in their memory and in honor of all those who lost their lives during Liberia's decade-long civil war.
  • Tamms Year Ten, Solitary Watch, the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, and Parsons The New School for Design, with support from the Open Society Foundations, present Photo Requests from Solitary. Men held in solitary confinement were asked to request a photograph of anything in the world, real or imagined; the resulting images are displayed in a pop-up campaign office, where visitors can meet advocates working to end solitary confinement.
  • Reporting Our World uses five key photographs to shine a light on domestic and global issues documented by NBC News anchor/correspondent Ann Curry. The images are brought to life utilizing augmented reality technology, creating an interactive, multimedia experience which connects Ann Curry's broadcast journalism with her passion for photography.
  • State, presented by INSTITUTE and Paolo Woods, features photographs from three years Woods spent in Haiti and questions processes that extend far beyond the island. Woods will also participate in a conversation with Fred Ritchin and sign books as part of Photoville's lecture series.
  • PhotoVoice is a participatory photography program that teaches a documentary style of photography focused on issues related to students' neighborhoods and self-exploration by students in Brownsville and Red Hook, Brooklyn. The exhibition Perspectivespresents the photography and narrative work from the students. Funded by New York City Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity and facilitated by Brooklyn organizations - The Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Brownsville Community Justice Center (both projects of the Center for Court Innovation), the Brooklyn Arts Council and United Photo Industries.
  • 501 Photographs, from musician and photographer Nick Zinner, in collaboration with curator Sam Barzilay. The show is a collection of images from more than 15 years Zinner has spent on the road with his band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The selected photographs encapsulate the small, quiet moments in between shows.
  • Only In Burundi, the brainchild of photographer Anaïs López and writer Eva Smallegange, who for the past two years worked on presenting the story of Burundi through the personal stories of Koky, their guide and the project's main narrator.
  • Fractured: The Shale Play combines photographs, video, and sound elements by photojournalist Nina Berman showing the impact of fracking in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania.
  • Small Town Inertia, presented by aCurator's Julie Grahame, which explores the intimate and untold stories of marginalized individuals in the small rural community in East Anglia, UK, where photographer J A Mortram resides.
  • Martin Roemers' Metropolis, a project presented by Anastasia Photo that documents the process of global urbanization by focusing on the world's megacities. Taking viewers from Calcutta to New York, Roemers' images reveal the dynamic character of each city and the urban dwellers that make it their home.
  • How Sandy Hit Rockaway is an ongoing photographic narrative that focuses on the residents of the Rockaways in Queens who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the unique obstacles to recovery facing each individual. Photographer Kisha Bari has been volunteering her time and documenting the lives that were affected by Sandy since October 2012.

The full list of participating presenters includes aCurator, Aloys Ginjaar & Astrid Verhoef, American Illustration-American Photography, Anaïs López and Eva Smallegange, Anastasia Photo, Athens Photo Festival, Camera Club of New York, Canberra Lab, Chris Hondros Fund, Conveyor Arts, Dear Dave, Magazine, Dirk Anschütz, Douglas Ljungkvist, Feature Shoot, FotoFestival Naarden, Gaston Lacombe, Indie Photobook Library, INSTITUTE, International Center of Photography, Jason Florio, Jerry Vezzuso, Kisha Bari, Lux Lab, Magnum Foundation, The New York Times, Nina Berman, Noorderlicht Festival, Open Society Foundations, Parsons the New School for Design, Photo District News, School of Visual Arts, Solitary Watch, Tamms Year Ten, The Centenary of Canberra, The Electromagnetic Theater, The New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, The Tierney Fellowship, TIME Lightbox, United Photo Industries, Viktor Koen, VII Photo Agency and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Nighttime events will include:

  • Thursday, September 19 - Opening of Photoville 2013, with screenings of The FENCE photographers and the curated multimedia presentation Adventures Across the 7 Seas
  • Friday, September 2 - MediaStorm Presents. Mediastorm is an award-winning film production and interactive design studio whose work gives voice and meaning to the most pressing issues of our time. Their stories demystify complex issues, humanize statistics and inspire audiences to take action on issues that matter.
  • Saturday, September 21 - Daylight's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration, a screening of highlights from the non-profit art and photography book publisher's multimedia program and live music.
  • Sunday, September 22 - The FotoVisura Annual, celebrating emerging leaders in photography who are part of the FotoVisura International community
  • Thursday September 26 - Question Bridge: Black Males, in which Question Bridge invites viewers to witness a conversation between a diverse group of Black males, that they normally wouldn't be able to hear
  • Friday, September 27 - INSTITUTE TELLS STORIES, in which INSTITUTE artists Elinor Carucci, Wayne Lawrence and Paolo Woods will present their most recent bodies of work
  • Saturday, September 28 - SLIDELUCK XVII, a multimedia slideshow combined with a potluck dinner. Slideluck's 17th mainstage show in NYC will exclusively focus on multimedia work curated by Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for TIME Magazine.

Over 25 lectures and panels will include:

  • PhotoShelter, the leader in online portfolio websites and business tools for photographers, presenting Luminance at Photoville. During the afternoons of September 26 and 27, PhotoShelter will host six one-hour talks featuring some of the industry's top experts and renowned photographers. PhotoShelter's Luminance talks are known to bring together unique and often divergent perspectives to question the future of image making and the photography industry at large. These panels will continue in that spirit by presenting insights on topics ranging from iPhoneography, to the three-minute photo shoot, to the evolving role of the brick-and-mortar gallery.
  • Museum of the City of New York's Sean Corcoran moderating a panel discussion on Superstorm Sandy: Photographers' Perspectives.
  • Talking Eyes Media presenting Bring it to The Table, an interactive event that explores why politics has become the most controversial topic in America.
  • INSTITUTE artist Wayne Lawrence in conversation with independent curator Elisabeth Biondi, discussing Lawrence's new book,Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera.
  • A conversation about our rapidly evolving internet photo culture moderated by Flak Photo's founder Andy Adams.
  • Stella Kramer & Julie Grahame moderating and hosting Personal Projects: Long term Commitments, introducing three photographers who are successfully executing personal projects.
  • Photojournalism in Flux: A Matter of Ethics or Context?, a BagNews Salon panel that looks at photo controversies and controversial photos as a product of the times.
  • Fred Ritchin talking about the issues addressed in his recently published book Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen.

Over 20 participatory workshops will include:

  • Great Portraits in 15 seconds by David Graham, in which photographers are invited to take the class, shoot, and have their work be displayed a week later in a pop up container exhibition.
  • Children and Teen Zine Workshops by Conveyor Arts.
  • Penumbra's Center for Alternative Photography workshops including Cyanotypes: Blue Photographic Prints from Sunlight.
  • Lomography film photography workshops using their unique plastic cameras.
  • Impossible Project demonstration of the Impossible Instant Lab, which turns iPhone pictures into tangible instant photos.
  • Guide to Rock Photography by Justina Villanueva exploring iconic rock photographs to learn the fundamentals of concert photography, followed by a hands-on photo shoot with a live band.

Special events and installations will include:

  • Brazilian Gardener André Feliciano returns to Brooklyn to wow us with another botanical camera installation, by creating an orchard of cherry blossom camera trees.
  • AXS Map personnel helping to register new users and explain the tool that is giving 13.2 million people in the U.S. with mobility challenges the freedom to be spontaneous - thanks to the photographic brainchild of Jason DaSilva.
  • Linka Odom presenting an outdoor photographic light box installation that takes the viewer on a visual journey through modern India.
  • Dirk Anschütz's classical portraits of people at the forefront of New York's bike renaissance.
  • Project Amelia showcases a recent collaborative project by Amelia Coffaro & Elizabeth Griffin documenting Coffaro's journey living with cancer as a young adult as a fundraiser for Amelia's medical expenses.
  • Flak Photo Community Meet Up in the Photoville Beer Garden on September 28 with founder Andy Adams.
  • Ken Kobland's 3D Photo-Composite mural, which will bring the scene of a massive demonstration in Moscow circa 1990 to life.
  • Richard Koek's 140ft photographic recreation of an entire city block of West 14th Street in Manhattan.
  • A walk-in Camera Obscura housed inside a 20ft shipping container

Photoville Beer Garden will feature:

  • Brooklyn Brewery Beer served by Brooklyn's very own Greenwood Park.
  • A daily rotation of some of New York's most popular food trucks organized by Dispatch NY Food Truck Events.
  • Nighttime screenings and events.
  • Community meet ups and peer reviews.

Photoville visitors can also experience one of United Photo Industries' signature initiatives, the 1,000-foot-long outdoor photographic installation The FENCE. Presented in partnership with Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Flash Forward Festival, The FENCE features the work of 40 photographers who have captured the essence of "community," as seen through the categories of Home, Street, People, Creatures and Play. The FENCE runs from Pier 5 to Main Street near Jane's Carousel in DUMBO and is on view now throughOctober 1. Duggal Visual Solutions and United Photo Industries will be conducting free guided tours of The FENCE on a daily basis for the duration of Photoville.

Formed in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos and Dave Shelley, United Photo Industries is a Brooklyn-based art-presenting organization producing unique, site-specific exhibitions, installations, and events that explore new thematic directions in photography. Working closely with emerging and mid-career photographers, United Photo Industries mission is to promote and showcase powerful photographic narratives through curated exhibitions and projects in New York City and around the world. Highlights include Photoville 2012; foto/pods at the DUMBO Arts Festival in 2011 and 2012; Exhibitions at the Athens Photo Festival 2011 & 2012 and the Shanghai International Photography Festival 2012; Mi Brooklyn Postcard Photo Competition with Brooklyn Tourism; the 1000-foot-long installation THE FENCE in Brooklyn Bridge Park throughout the summer of 2012 and 2013, and, more recently in Boston, MA; a 340ft Photo Fence wrapping around the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage entitled (super)heroes; pop-up versions of Photoville in Sydney, Australia with Reportage Festival and Portland, Maine with Salt Institute of Documentary Studies; and over 25 exhibitions in the United Photo Industries Gallery in DUMBO.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn's East River shoreline. The park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. More information is available on the park's website: www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org.

Photo Credit: Ann Curry

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