The work we received in response to this seemingly simple question was a powerful, diverse selection of photo series that spoke of the richness and depth of the photo community and its artistic vision. Armed with the task of curating such a large, public exhibition, we assembled a jury of more than 30 highly-respected photography professionals from around the world, who generously offered their time, energy and years of experience to select and curate this monumental outdoor exhibition – sharing with the NYC & Boston communities our own vision of communities large and small, familiar and faraway, rich and poor.
Printed on photographic mesh and hanging along a walking path in Brooklyn Bridge Park, THE FENCE was first launched in summer 2012. During its original 10 week run, the exhibition drew over 1 million visitors to view the 1000ft photo installation. THE FENCE is a growing photographic installation which aims to expand to a new city each year. For its second year, in addition to its return to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Greenway, we have introduced a sister FENCE in Boston, along the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway. THE FENCE will continue to expand – perhaps to the West Coast, perhaps across the Atlantic, and beyond!
THE FENCE is a collaboration between United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Flash Forward Festival, as they have joined forces once again to curate and produce this unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations, and exploring new thematic directions in photography.
PHOTOVILLE is a new Brooklyn-based photo destination, a pop-up village of shipping containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, which first took place in the summer of 2012. Photoville featured a feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, night-time projections, a photo dog-run, a camera-flower greenhouse, and a summer beer-garden with food trucks that created a photography destination like no other.
Occupying more than 60,000 sq. feet in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photoville was located on the uplands of Pier 3, along the Brooklyn Waterfront and attracted close to 40,000 visitors over 2 long weekends. PHOTOVILLE will be back in 2013 from September 19 – 29 in Brooklyn Bridge Park – so save the date and stay tuned for more exciting announcements! photovillenyc.org
ABOUT UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES
Meet United Photo Industries. A Brooklyn-born, art-presenting cooperative dedicated to identifying, harnessing, and occasionally conjuring unexpected exhibition opportunities. All in the name of fostering conversation, championing new directions in photography, and cultivating ties within an ever-expanding, globe-trotting community of photographers.
Our mission at United Photo Industries is to promote and showcase emerging and mid-career photographers through curated exhibitions and projects in New York City and around the world. Highlights include PHOTOVILLE 2012, foto/pods at the DUMBO Arts Festival, multiple exhibitions at the Athens Photo Festival, the Shanghai International Photography Festival 2012, and over 20 Exhibitions in our DUMBO Gallery since December 2011. unitedphotoindustries.com
ABOUT PHOTO DISTRICT NEWS
Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for over two decades. Every month, PDN delivers unbiased news and analysis, interviews, and portfolios of the latest photographic work. PDN delivers the information photographers need to survive in a competitive business – from marketing and business advice to legal issues, photographic techniques, new technologies, and more.
PDNonline covers breaking news stories and delivers in-depth features on the photo industry, including interviews and profiles, reports on new products both analog and digital, and information on useful sources for professional photographers. PDNOnline’s photo essays and galleries explore the work of photography’s masters and today’s emerging talent. www.pdnonline.com/
ABOUT FLASH FORWARD FESTIVAL
Flash Forward Festival Boston, an extension of The Magenta Foundation’s successful Flash Forward Annual Competition for Emerging Photographers. Set within the Boston cityscape, the four day festival is based out of the Fairmont Battery Wharf, offering an in-depth experience through organized networking events and educational programming along with curated indoor and outdoor exhibitions. flashforwardfestival.com
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, river front promenades, innovative play areas, and stunning views. Located along the Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park is bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the south and Jay Street to the north. The park is being constructed in phases and new sections will be opened to the public as they are completed. brooklynbridgeparknyc.org