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Photoville, NYC's Largest Photography Festival Takes over Brooklyn Bridge Plaza

Photoville 2018 will feature over 80 exhibitions in more than 60 shipping containers repurposed into galleries, transforming Brooklyn Bridge Plaza into a photography village.
Photoville, BK Reader
Photoville 2018 returns to Brooklyn Bridge Plaza from September 13 – September 23. Photo credit: Untapped Cities.

Photoville, the festival from Brooklyn-based nonprofit United Photo Industries, returns to transform the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza into an immersive photography village from Thursday, September 13 to Sunday, September 23. 

Photoville 2018 will feature over 80 exhibitions in more than 60 shipping containers repurposed into galleries. Working with more than 100 curatorial partners, the weeklong event exhibits works by over 500 visual artists from New York City and around the world. 

"We're thrilled to have Photoville back in the Park for the seventh year in a row," said Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park. "Brooklyn Bridge Park is honored to host this truly unique photography village under the Brooklyn Bridge that features the work of so many artists and photojournalists, as well as great programming and activities. Photoville is always one of the park's season highlights and it keeps getting better."

Photoville 2018
Photo credit: Getty Instagram Grant ©Morrigan McCarthy

Now in its 7th year, Photoville has become New York City largest photo exhibit and is among the most attended photographic events in the nation. The 2018 edition is expected to welcome more than 90,000 visitors over the course of nine days.

The opening night celebration on Thursday, September 13 will present highlights from UPI's public art initiative THE FENCE, plus a town hall, presented in partnership with civic engagement platform For Freedoms, that brings together experts in disciplines such as art, design, policy making and community organizing to discuss issues related to community, inclusivity and freedom. The night will conclude with a special performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus.

Throughout the week, the festival offers nighttime projection programs, hands-on workshops, an education day for New York City middle and high-school students, panel discussions and talks, family-friendly photo activities, publishers and gear demonstrations, a community photo bookstore and a beer garden run by Smorgasburg featuring local foods and beers. 

Photoville is open to the public—all ages, dogs included—and free of charge. For a full schedule of events, go here.