The annual Photoville Festival has been a staple in the New York photography and arts community, and one of PhotoShelter’s favorite events of the year, for quite some time now. In fact, this year’s citywide exhibition marks Photoville’s 11th year anniversary, and we’re so excited to see this program continue to evolve every year.
I took a walk around Brooklyn to see what this year’s featured exhibitors, photographers, educators and organizations have to offer. While there are a ton of photo projects and programs around New York City’s numerous boroughs (not to mention online!), there are a few in particular that caught my eye around Brooklyn Bridge Park and the surrounding area. Take a look below and don’t miss these exhibits–on display now through June 26!
Cover image by Jeremy Berkowitz
The National Press Photographers Association, now celebrating their 75th anniversary, represents and advocates for visual journalists across mediums including in print, broadcast and digital. Their collection of honorees for this year’s Best of Photojournalism awards deserves all of the recognition as a selection of their powerful and important work can be seen on display right as you approach Brooklyn Bridge Park. This year, NPPA honors and celebrates the work of many visual journalists, including just a fraction of the awardees in this year’s contest (among others not listed below):
- Marcus Yam – Still Photojournalism: Photojournalist of the Year, Large Market
- Kent Porter – Still Photojournalism: Photojournalist of the Year, Small Market
- Nick Antaya – Still Photojournalism: Photojournalist of the Year, Emerging Vision
- Kyle Porter / KHOU – Video Photojournalism: First Place, Investigative
- Univision – Online Video, Presentation, and Innovation: First Place, Race and Identity in America
This exhibit, featuring the work of Sharon Miller (P.K.A. Pri the Honeydark), is super inspiring and a lot of fun! As someone who loves to support and uplift fellow creatives, this project’s mission and overall execution is very admirable.
The Photoville team describes it as “An empowering youth portrait exhibit celebrating our future creative leaders. The project focuses on empowering the voices of underserved creative youth by presenting them in powerful photographic editorial-style portraits based on their creative career aspirations.”
Remember the Vogue Challenge? These mock magazine covers, placing young creatives in the spotlight, reminded me of the amazing work the creative community at large shared back in 2020.
Don’t miss this one!
Our friends at Women Photograph have been dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for women and nonbinary visual journalists since 2017. For this year’s Photoville exhibit, located right on the water, they’re showcasing the work of 19 of their grantees from the past 5 years, including:
- Eli Farinango (2021)
- Lia Latty (2021)
- Gabriella N. Báez (2020)
- Marie Hald (2019)
- Etinosa Yvonne (2018)
This collection covers a range of topics, including love and loss, family history, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ identity and more. Winning these grants has helped empower these photographers to continue telling important, impactful and often personal stories.
“I think this has changed dramatically since I started working, but for a long time it felt like our industry was operating from a scarcity perspective: there’s a finite amount of work, so one photographer’s gain is another photographer’s loss when it comes to assignments, exhibitions, and so on.”Daniella Zalcman
Daniella and Women Photograph are certainly part of that shift in the industry. We’re eager to meet the 2022 grantees once they’re officially announced!
These beautiful, vibrant portraits by photographer Ernst Coppejans highlight the different perspectives of the LGBTQIA+ elderly community. Under each photo, they share honest and emotional, sometimes uplifting and sometimes tragic, tales of growing up as LGBTQIA+ individuals in the generations that came before us.
The large, colorful environmental portraits stopped me in my tracks as I explored Photoville and the stories each person shared alongside their photo kept me standing there for a while, engaged and moved by their courage and candid responses.
Ernst writes, “Learning more about this diverse group of people over the age of 70 was a beautiful and interesting journey. Every encounter was enriching — so many moving, happy, inspiring, stunning, crushing, sad, powerful, and sometimes heart-breaking stories were told. Producing this series has made me, as a gay man, even more aware of the strong and courageous shoulders we stand on.”
I’m consistently impressed and inspired by the Adobe Lightroom Ambassadors. Stopping by Tomás Karmelo Amaya’s exhibit was a treat, as his photos opened my eyes to “the great healing power” of visual narratives, particularly for the Indigenous community.
Tomás’ work is raw and authentic, showing scenes, poses and locations that are all real and intentional and still somehow cinematic. It’s clear how his experience as a creative director and filmmaker influences Tomás’ visual voice and how his experience as an Indigenous futurist informs his message.
“As a poet, I like to move my camera as I would my pen — bringing intention and nuance to every frame, as I would to every syllable or line in a poem. These moments speak to how we’ve survived for generations by staying in motion.”Tomás Karmelo Amaya
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the work of several other Lightroom Ambassadors, too!
This was the first exhibit I saw as I approached Brooklyn Bridge Park. Dutch photographer Robin de Puy shares her stunning portraits of the people she met during lockdown in a small village called Wormer. She says meeting these people and getting to know her local community reminded her of the “local small-town icons that I had often encountered during my travels through the rural landscapes of America.”
These photos and portraits show a genuine snapshot of the human condition and the everyday people who live among us – those neighbors or acquaintances who we might pass by through the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives.
Through this photo project, now a hardcover photo book, Robin aims to learn more about herself and tell her own story through the faces of others.
“When we are faced with differences, we often turn away. Understanding begins by looking.”
This exhibit, featuring the work of Lynn Johnson, presented by National Geographic and NYC Parks, highlights the lives of individuals living with varying degrees of Autism. The black and white photos showcase some of the everyday experiences, joys and challenges faced by young adults on the spectrum.
Lynn encourages the viewer to stop and look with an open and accepting mind, as she shares her artist statement: “The goal of this project is to create a conversation between those whose brains are wired differently and those considered neurotypical. Offering an intimate look at the lives of those with autism, this project aims to inform, sensitize, and challenge all of us with these questions: Where is my place in society? Will you welcome me?”
Growing up, Lynn discovered the work of Dorothea Lange in grade school, which she says changed her life. I found this to be apparent through Lynn’s photographic style as I admired her work!
It’s incredible, the places our imagination can take us. This quarantine photo project, from the mind of Andrew Rovenko, features beautiful and inventive portraits of his daughter in a makeshift space suit as they decided to get creative during Melbourne’s sixth lockdown.
“The lockdown has now ended. We’ll outgrow the costume. But the time spent together exploring and imagining is one special gift to keep,” says Andrew.
The Rocketgirl Chronicles has received critical acclaim, with international coverage in publications like Vogue and Rolling Stone. Plus, Andrew was named the 2021 Australian Photographer of the Year by the Australian Photography Magazine.
Definitely check out this cute and imaginative photo project!
There is lots more to be explored this year at #Photoville2022! If you’ve stopped by already, tag us on Twitter or Instagram (@photoshelter) and let us know which exhibits the photo community must see! If you still want to go, tell us whose work you’re eager to see on display.