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Last Friday, a concrete lot the size of a football field was transformed into a public photographic installment, covered with shipping containers that are playing temporary home to over 30 different photography exhibitions.
This is Photoville, an innovative photo “destination” put on by United Photo Industries and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The space runs right alongside the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn, making for an idyllic backdrop and attracting a mix of photographers, families, bike riders, dog walkers, runners, and photography enthusiasts from all over.
The tone at Photoville is low-key, but it’s inspiring to walk among the containers and check out the various exhibiting photographers. The most interesting and perhaps best part of the work displayed at Photoville was the diverse subject matter.
There was Wyatt Gallery’s “Tent Life” depicting life in the aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake; Russel Frederick’s “Dying Breed: Photos of Bedford Styvesant” documenting a culturally diverse community at risk (a neighborhood right down the street from Photoville); and Brazilian artist Andre Feliciano’s “camera flowers” made of Lego-like plastic.
Photoville attendees are also taking advantage of the event’s PhotoShelter website, where anyone can upload their photos to share with the community.
Simply go to bit.ly/photovilleuploads and log in using firstname.lastname@example.org with “public” as the password.
If you missed out this past weekend, you’re in luck! Photoville returns Thursday through Sunday, 6/28-7/1. So if you’re in the New York City area, definitely check out this event for some great photography – not to mention a beer garden, dog run, and food trucks to top it all off.