Photoville 2017, the place to be on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Brooklyn’s FREE premier photo destination, PHOTOVILLE, will take place on September 13 – 24, 2017 in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza with over 70 exhibitions.

Photoville 2017, the place to be on the Brooklyn Waterfront

Week two of Photoville begins September 21st continuing through Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Nancy Borowick will be leading a FREE Walking Tour of her exhibition and very personal visual story, THE FAMILY IMPRINT, on Saturday and Sunday. She'll also be joining Daniella Zalcman, Glenna Gordan and others for book signings all weekend outside our new community bookstore with Red Hooks Editions.

Ron Haviv leads a workshop on how to develop your own voice, while prop stylist Robin Zachary and photographer Richard Gary present on product photography and tablescapes. New collective Women Photograph holds a day-long Women Photograph + ONA Workshop for female and non-binary photographers. All completely FREE and open to the public!

On Friday, September 22, the NPPA brings a Happy Hour to Photoville. Network with fellow NPPA members and photojournalists in the Photoville Beer Garden from 4PM to 7PM.


Brooklyn’s FREE premier photo destination, PHOTOVILLE, produced by United Photo Industries in a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers will take place on September 13 – 24, 2017 in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza and feature more than 70 indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

Opening night features a Double Feature in the Beer Garden with two slide shows projected beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, with lower Manhattan as the backdrop. “The Newest Americans” chronicles the immigrant experience from the vantage point of the most diverse campus in the United States, Rutgers University-Newark, and is a collaboration between Talking Eyes Media, an award-winning social documentary production company; VII Photo, an internationally renowned collective of photojournalists; and Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N). The FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in 7 cities across the USA, including throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Celebrating the 6th year on the Brooklyn Waterfront, centrally located in the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza directly under the iconic bridge in DUMBO, there will be containers, exhibitions, talks and workshops. The Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors will return, alongside the night time events, and this year PHOTOVILLE will be more immersed throughout the park than ever before.

Photo by Kisha Bari of Photoville 2016

PHOTOVILLE 2017 will feature more than 75 exhibitions – both inside and outside of shipping containers, spanning the spectrum of photographic practice.

There will be five evenings of nighttime events in our popular beer garden, with old favorites PBS' POV and The New York Times, along with new night time partners, ESPN and New York Magazine.

On Saturday, September 16 in the Beer Garden, ESPN presents a night celebrating sports images. The world of sports offers great stories, like the Chicago Cubs fans celebrating a historic victory, but also the individual athlete with the audacity to stand without legs. ESPN Photography features the stories behind the images from, The Undefeated, The Magazine and espnW.

These nighttime slide shows are one of the truly magical events that make PHOTOVILLE so special. Sitting in the grass under the Brooklyn Bridge with Manhattan across the river is like no other venue in the world. Their is no better way to view photography.

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery will be providing ice-cold brews and delicious treats. This year’s PHOTOVILLE roster will include many of the organization's great partners from years past, as well as some “new blood.”

This year, the Talks & Panel Discussions will be held at the world-renowned St. Ann's Warehouse Theatre and Studio located next door to Photoville. (Full Schedule by Clicking Here)

On Sunday, September 17, one of my favorite photographers, Doug Menuez, joins with Robert Clark for a talk on the Impact and Importance of a Long-Term Project. Most of my career has been spent working on long-term projects and they can be rewarding and challenging. Doug's project, Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000 was published in May 2014 by Simon & Schuster/Atria Books and is currently a touring exhibition. Without his perseverance, we would not have this incredible documentation of the birth of our generation's greatest achievement and the people behind it.

Penumbra will be back with their Tintype Portrait Sessions and Leica will once again be hosting workshops and demonstrations under their big tent. Photoville is also partnering with the driving forces behind the new initiative Women Photograph to present an all day skills-building workshop and will even be hosting their very own community book store, in partnership with Brooklyn-based Red Hook Editions.

By creating a physical platform for photographers of all stripes to come together and interact, PHOTOVILLE provides a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse audience — a veritable cross-section of the world’s photographic community.


GAME CHANGERS: A SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, led by Elsa Garrison of Getty Images, Julianne Varacchi of ESPN
Sunday, September 17 | 12PM – 4PM in the Photoville Workshop Area

In this interactive workshop, participants will venture out into the world with experienced sports and action photographers to learn how to capture classic moments and get great shots of constantly moving subjects. Students will have an opportunity to not only shoot live and on location, but to gain feedback and advice from successful photographers and editors working in the wide world of sports.

Be sure to take advantage of the Photoville Guided Tours, led by some of the most interesting and engaging folks in photography. The expert guides have curated a selection of exhibitions informed by their skills and interests, and will be sharing their personal perspectives for free. You can join ESPN Senior Photo Editor Brent Lewis, mastermind behind ‘The Undefeated,’ as he presents his top exhibition picks in his first appearance as a Photoville tour guide or how about Whitney Johnson, Deputy Director of Photography for National Geographic, as she shares the work that’s caught her eye.

Immersion and interactivity are at the heart of what makes PHOTOVILLE such a successful and popular event, allowing it to become the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide. PHOTOVILLE’s fifth edition (2016) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, welcomed over 83,000 visitors.

Working with more than 80 curatorial partners such as Instagram, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, The Pulitzer Center, the Magnum Foundation, and so many more, PHOTOVILLE exhibits work by 400+ visual artists annually. Comprised of 70+ exhibitions, 35 talks and workshops, and four nighttime events in an outdoor beer garden, PHOTOVILLE remains entirely FREE to attend, offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

United Photo Industries, a New York based art-presenting organization and producer of PHOTOVILLE, brings the photographic community together by producing photography installations and events in unique locations off the beaten path where the focus lies in content and is accessible to everyday people from all walks of life.

Launched in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented dozens of public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous agencies and organizations.



Revisit Photoville 2016

Brian Finke of National Geographic, Science of Taste, at Photoville 2016. Photo by Mark D Phillips.
Brian Finke of National Geographic, Science of Taste, at Photoville 2016. Photo by Mark D Phillips.