Check Out Photoville, America’s Best Photo Festival

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Picture yourself walking along the shores of Brooklyn, directly under its fabled bridge, taking in some of the best photography in the world, and not having to spend a dime. That’s right! Photoville is back for its sixth edition, bigger than ever before, with more than 55 exhibitions, workshops, nighttime projections, panel discussions and artist talks, family-friendly activities, gear demonstrations, vendors, community bookstore, and tintype photo studio, not to mention beer garden and food vendors courtesy of Smorgasburg, The festivities kick off Wednesday, September 13, and run through Sunday, September 24.

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Once again, Photoville offers a true New York experience, taking it back to the days of Do It Yourself, with their brilliantly repurposed shipping containers doubling as galleries. Last year, more than 85,000 people descended on Brooklyn Bridge Park to take in some of the best photography exhibitions and public events. This year promises a stellar turnout with an incredible series of works. Crave spotlights some of the highlights of this year’s festival.

© Kisha Bari/ United Photo Industries.

Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture

You know the icons, but only the single frame, the split second of time captured forevermore that is burned in your brain. But what about the before—and the after? That’s what Contact High examines in a series of contact sheets drawn from the archives of some of Hip Hop’s greatest photographers including Brian “B+” Cross, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, Ricky Flores, Joe Conzo, Jamil GS, and Delphine Fawundu, among many others.

My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton, an American Musical

Photographer Josh Lehrer presents a selection of his portraits made of the cast of the revolutionary Broadway musical, Hamilton, which took the nation by storm over the past few years. Using antique cameras and lenses, Lehrer created a series of silver gelatin portraits of the actors fully costumed, in their roles, giving us a look at the people who have been inspired to change the way we view American history.

We Are The Undefeated

Presented by ESPN’s The Undefeated, We Are The Undefeated looks at the lives of African-Americans through the lens of sports and culture, examining the vital role they have played in the development of a billion-dollar industry. The photographs selected offer a glimpse into life around the country, both on and off the field.

© Kisha Bari/ United Photo Industries

Killing the Black Snake: Resistance at Standing Rock

United Photo Industries, the producers of Photoville, have put together a selection of photographs by Stephanie Keith documenting the protests at Standing Rock one year ago this Fall. The name “Black Snake killers” refers to a Sioux prophesy of a time when indigenous people would come together to fight a proverbial black snake wreaking destruction upon the people—the oil pipeline that is under construction under the sacred lands of sovereign lands. Keith documented the protest for 36 continuous days, capturing the power of the people as they stood against the face of oppression and exploitation.


United Photo Industries does it again, going right up to the wire and amassing an amazing exhibition of photographs made by Mark Peterson, Ruddy Roye, Evelyn Hockstein, and Hilary Swift on August 11, 2017, at Charlottesville, along with a video made by Nina Berman depicting the events of the Presidential Inauguration through the framework of the great German propagandist Leni Riefenstahl.

Carbon’s Casualties: How Climate Change is Upending Life Around the World

The New York Times presents the work of Josh Haner, staff photographer and senior editor for photo technology who was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photo essay documenting the arduous recovery of Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings. In Carbon’s Casualties, Haner presents a series of intimate and dramatic drone footage documenting the life0changing effect of climate change around the globe.

© Kisha Bari/ United Photo Industries

In addition to the exhibitions, Photoville has an inspiring line-up of artists talks planned, which include a conversation with photographers Janette Beckman, Barron Claiborne, Brian “B+” Cross and Ernie Paniccioli moderated by Vikki Tobak and Young Guru to get the inside scoop on Contact High (Saturday, September 16 at 6pm); PDN’s advice for emerging photographers — from emerging photographers Sasha Arutyunova, Benedict Evans, Cait Oppermann, Frances F. Denny, moderated by editor in chief Holly Hughes (Sunday, September 17 at 3pm), and a conversation between Pete Souza, official Obama White House photographer and Reading the Pictures editor Michael Shaw (Saturday, September 16 at 4:30 pm).

Crave has compiled a slide show of to give you a first look at this year’s festival.


Photoville is located in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, on the corners of Water Street and New Dock Street. It is directly underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO and bordered by Jane’s Carousel and St. Ann’s Warehouse


Wednesday September 13: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday, September 14 – Sunday, September 17: 12pm – 10pm

Monday, September 18 – Wednesday, September 20: Closed.

Thursday, September 21 – Saturday, September 23: 12pm – 10pm

Sunday, September 24: 12pm – 8pm

Miss Rosen is a journalist covering art, photography, culture, and books. Her byline has appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Online, The Undefeated, Dazed Digital, Aperture Online, and Feature Shoot. Follow her on Twitter @Miss_Rosen.