PHOTOVILLE 2015 is a winner!
PHOTOVILLE 2015 is a winner!
UPDATE: UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES ADDS A DAY TO PHOTOVILLE 2015 DUE TO RECORD ATTENDANCE AND RAIN DELAYS
On the heels of a highly successful opening weekend with record attendance, and postponements of nighttime shows due to weather, United Photo Industries (UPI) has decided make Photoville 2015, its pop-up photography village in and around 65+ shipping containers on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 Uplands, open to the public on Thursday, September 17, 4-10pm. The extra evening will allow Photoville to offer the nighttime projection show An Evening with The New York Times Lens Blog and a slideshow of work featured in the 2015 edition of UPI’s other signature public art initiative, The Fence—both of which were rained out on Saturday, September 12. Photoville was originally scheduled to be closed to the public on Thursday evening, following the Education Day, with free workshops and tours being offered to NYC public middle and high school students 10am – 2pm. Photoville will remain open, as scheduled, Friday, September 18, through Sunday, September 20.
Photoville brings the world's greatest Photography to Brooklyn Bridge Park through September 20th
"It was far out in a cotton field, split by lightning, decaying, collapsing, not so much a house as a memory of one."
Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down by Eugene Richards
The images in Eugene Richards' exhibit tell a story. They are moving, heart-rending, and an example of the power of documentary photography. The unique metal prints, with a line of copy on each, bring the Mississippi Delta alive in detail that showcase the extreme talent of Richards to connect with his subjects. Each image is stronger then the one before, bringing the heart break and challenges of life to a new generation of photo enthusiasts on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
It is just one of 64 shipping containers containing some of the most amazing images gathered in one place. And it's all FREE. Photoville has become the premier photography event in the United States in just its fourth year. The unique setting and presentation of the work has proven to be a way to get the masses understanding the power of still images.
Eugene Richards (pointing) discusses his work with an attendee of Photoville
"We want to challenge our audience," said Laura Roumanos, co-founder of Photoville along with Sam Barzilay and Dave Shelley. "We decided we wanted to present stories, not just individual images."
But there are individual images as well. Photoville is not just the elite of the industry. Set throughout the containers are emerging photographer cubes, another unique method of showing images.
Taking all their extra shipping palettes and piecing them together into cubes, they offered the four sides to emerging photographers.
EmergiCubes at Photoville
"We told them don't overthink it!" said Roumanos. "Just put whatever you want on it in a weatherproof printing process and we will exhibit them."
The EmergiCubes stand prominently throughout the open spaces between containers. And the containers contain remarkable work.
Ebola greets you as you enter the main gate. The container is the first to have a warning sign that "some of the images contained are graphic." Presented by the NY Times, Daniel Berehulak's reportage from the crisis are haunting and striking. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the work in 2015, his images show the dead, the survivors, and the health care workers in the worst outbreak of Ebola in a generation. There is very little hope in the images. The suffering and the pain is terrifying. Reading what Berehulak went through to capture the images makes you proud that one man worked so hard to bring this disaster to a container in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Not everything is as serious. Instagram is back with its whimsical presentation in a two story container with turf on the roof to provide an overlook of the entire Photoville site. Instagram exhibits photographs from the International Instagram Community as well as their collaboration with Getty Images and the Getty Images Instagram Grant.
Each night, outdoor projection shows, such as Pictures That Provoke (presented by Getty Images) and Down & Dirty which took place on Friday's opening night, bring hundreds to the Beer Garden for large screen slide shows that are even more exciting with Manhattan's skyline as the backdrop.
Down & Dirty, curated by music photographer Janette Beckman, is a window into the early careers of today's superstars.
"We loved Janette's work and took a chance, calling her and asking her to curate an exhibit at Photoville," said Roumanos. "All she could do was say no. But she said yes and brought the work of over 50 photographers to an amazing exhibit and multimedia show."
In celebration of the Photoville opening night show, Down & Dirty, the UPI team is double-stacking two containers where photographer and curator Janette Beckman invited celebrated street artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea to “mash-up” two of her iconic music images larger than life. The resulting image is a wonderful combination of the two art forms.
The sight and sound of Dr. Dre, The Ramones, James Brown, The Clash, Notorious B.I.G., Elton John, and so many more brought Photoville to a close on its first night. It was a rousing start to New York's premiere photographic event.
Down & Dirty brought many of today's greatest music artists to the Brooklyn Waterfront
in a magical multimedia presentation in Photoville's Beer Garden.
(Watch second video below)
A new event that we found extremely rewarding was Print Swap. The free, RSVP event for photographers who wanted to show, share, and swap their work was lighly attended because of the weather, but was a welcome way to meet new photographers and come home with new art for our walls. Sponsored by Gowanus Darkroom, BKC, and Brooklyn Grain, three local photography organizations in Brooklyn, it was a great way to discover new friends with common interests.
Over the next two weekends, Photoville offers workshops, panels, lectures, and portrait sittings in the activity area. On Sunday, September 20, be sure to stop by with your kid and your dog for portrait sittings with Portrait Photographer Michelle Pedone and costume designer Lynne Correia as the activities tent is transformed into a commercial studio for an afternoon of fun.
The New Pavilion Tent will host over 16 panels and workshops featuring the most innovative work and pressing issues in photography today. Highlights include a teaser screening of Fight Love with Hate, by MediaStorm, and a Q&A with the director; an Instafeed Review featuring some of the most popular Instagram photographers working today; and a RISC battlefield medical response workshop for journalists working in dangerous and remote areas.
On Saturday, September 12, The New York Times Scavenger Hunt will offer a photo hunt hosted by the @nytimes Instagram team. They will post a series of clues that will lead participants through Photoville and Brooklyn Bridge Park.