THE FENCE is a collaboration between United Photo Industries, Photo District News (PDN), Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Flash Forward Festival, and Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) as they join forces to curate and produce this unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations, and exploring new thematic directions in photography.
Armed with the task of curating such a large, public exhibition, we assemble a jury of more than 30 highly-respected photography professionals from around the world, who offer their time, energy and years of experience to curate this monumental outdoor exhibition – presenting the work of 40 talented photographers from around the world to a combined audience of over 1.5 million visitors each summer.
Photographers of all levels are invited to submit their best image series that capture the essence of “community” and fit into one or more of the competition categories: HOME, STREETS, PEOPLE, CREATURES, PLAY.
PHOTOVILLE – New York City’s premier photo destination and produced by United Photo Industries – is a modular venue built of/from repurposed shipping containers.
Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections, PHOTOVILLE welcomed 58,000 visitors during its sophomore year in 2013. Showcasing thought-provoking, challenging and exceptional photography from across the globe, PHOTOVILLE solidified its position as an integral part of the photography and art communities – while remaining FREE and open for everyone to attend and enjoy!
With an expanded footprint of 74,000 sq. feet, PHOTOVILLE 2013 was held from September 19–29 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and saw 58,000 visitors walk through its gates to experience thought- provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.
PHOTOVILLE 2013 was comprised of 265 artists, 90 programming and sponsoring partners, 52 shipping containers with 40 photography exhibitions, 8 outdoor photo installations, 26 photography talks & panels including the Photoshelter Professional Development Series, 24 workshops for all ages, and 7 night-time events which included multimedia projections, music and parties.
PHOTOVILLE will return to Brooklyn Bridge Park in September 2014
For more information about Photoville, visit photovillenyc.org
ABOUT UNITED PHOTO INDUSTRIES
Formed in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos and Dave Shelley, United Photo Industries is a Brooklyn-based art-presenting organization producing unique, site-specific exhibitions, installations, and events that explore new thematic directions in photography.
Working closely with emerging and mid-career photographers, United Photo Industries mission is to promote and showcase powerful photographic narratives through curated exhibitions and projects in New York City and around the world.
Highlights include PHOTOVILLE (2012, 2013); foto/pods at the DUMBO Arts Festival (2011, 2012); Exhibitions at the Athens Photo Festival (2011, 2012) and the Shanghai International Photography Festival (2012); Mi Brooklyn Postcard Photo Competition with Brooklyn Tourism (2013); THE FENCE in Brooklyn Bridge Park (2012, 2013), and Boston, MA (2013); Drawn to Water: A Series of Floating Photographic Exhibitions (2013), in partnership with the East River Ferry; Geolocation: DUMBO (2013) – a public art commission in partnership with the DUMBO BID and the NYC Parks Department; The Tokyo International Photography Festival Exhibition (2013) – in partnership with the Tokyo Institute of Photography; (super)Heroes – a 340ft Photo Fence wrapping around the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage (2012-2013); pop-up versions of Photoville in Sydney, Australia with Reportage Festival (2013) and Portland, Maine with Salt Institute of Documentary Studies (2013); and over 25 exhibitions in the United Photo Industries Gallery in DUMBO.
For more information about United Photo Industries, visit unitedphotoindustries.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.
For more information about Flash Forward Festival, visit flashforwardfestival.com
ABOUT ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY
Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) strives to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. By producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, we provide experiences that involve and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.
ACP is the only organization that supports the multiple levels of Greater Atlanta’s photography community, and promotes them locally, nationally and internationally while at the same time bringing the international photography community to Atlanta. Through our annual October festival and year-round programming, ACP seeks to involve anyone who has taken or shared a photograph, to increase accessibility to the arts, interact with the local community and enrich Atlanta’s cultural offerings. The ACP festival transforms studios, galleries, museums and public spaces into a coordinated cultural experience.
For more information about Atlanta Celebrates Photography, visit ACPinfo.org
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.
For more information about Brooklyn Bridge Park, visit brooklynbridgeparknyc.org
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.
For more information about Photo District News, visit pdnonline.com
ABOUT ART ON THE ATLANTA BELTLINE
The largest temporary art project in the history of Atlanta, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine seeks to include visual artists, performers, musicians and historic preservationists; placing working professionals alongside emerging artists, providing a platform for public art and community dialogue. Now in its fifth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine returns to bring visual art and performance to nearly 8 miles of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. The project draws visitors to the Atlanta BeltLine as a key component of the project, and showcases the continuing progress and success of one of the most transformative revitalization efforts ever undertaken in the southeast. More than 300 muralists, sculptors, and performers, have participated, and the numbers keep growing: with almost 19,000 people accessing our Facebook posts and over 15,700 followers of the Atlanta BeltLine on Twitter.
The Atlanta BeltLine is an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and economic development that reclaims mostly abandoned rail corridors. With an emphasis on public spaces, improved transportation, cultural amenities and revitalizing neighborhoods, it has the potential to redefine the city and make it a better place to live, work and play.
For more information about the Atlanta BeltLine, visit beltline.org