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PHOTOS: Photoville Brings Stories of Pain, Freedom and Beauty to NYers in 10th Anniversary Show

The free citywide show opened on Saturday with a family day at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The power of photography and beauty of capturing a moment in time was on full display in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday with the opening of the annual Photoville series.

Saturday marked the opening of the 10th anniversary of the event, which amplifies visual storytellers through exhibitions and events across the five boroughs -- centering diverse stories of gender, class and race.

Photoville -- New York's largest and most accessible photography exhibition — kicked off with a day of events in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday, which included a family activity area, an event for kids held by Stoop Stories, the Penumbra TinType Sessions, pop up music and dance performances by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, exhibition tours by featured artists and much more.

The photography showcase, which has fallen amidst the global pandemic for a second year, focuses on exhibits exploring intersecting social, cultural, political, and environmental currents — both global and hyper-local.

One of the primary locations for the festival is Brooklyn's own Brooklyn Bridge Park, where there is more than 45 exhibits this year. Across the city, more than 300 visual artists have work on show and there are more than 75 curatorial and programming partners involved.

Photoville co-founder Laura Roumanos said that for 10 years, the team had had the privilege of sharing stories of communities around the world, using the vast and dynamic platform of New York public space.

"Thousands of visual storytellers have challenged, informed and entertained audiences at Photoville across the last decade, and we are proud to be able to bring, to the New York community, the insight photography can offer during this troubling time."

Photoville will be up until Dec. 1.