New York City is one of the best spots to catch amazing art exhibits all throughout the year, and Photoville is one of the best. It’s proven to be so successful that it has returned in 2018 for its seventh edition. Photoville will present work by over 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions and outdoor installations.
Photoville is a completely free venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators, and organizations.
When and Where Can I Visit Photoville?
Photoville takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park until September 23. It’s located on the corners of Water Street and New Dock Street right under the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo. Jane’s Carousel and St. Ann’s Warehouse borders the event grounds.
The visiting hours change daily so make sure to check the site to find out what exhibit is on display. Special events sponsored by different organizations feature various industry speakers. Before you go, check out the listings to see if there is a topic that appeals to you.
What Can You See At Photoville?
In short, just about everything. Photoville is a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers that feature:
- Photo installations
- Night-time multimedia projections
For 10 days, the whole area turns into a pop-up photography village with over 80 free exhibitions. One of the biggest exhibits is by photographer John Moore from Getty Images. Moore’s project, “Undocumented”, features a decade of his work on immigration and border security, including the image of the crying 2-year old Honduran asylum seeker at the US-Mexico border this year that was adapted for a Time Magazine cover.
Many of the other exhibitions feature either female subjects or female photographers. Makeba Rainey’s “The Soul(s) of..” is a project that focuses on black women in gentrified communities. Shiho Fukada’s “Nowhere Left but Here” documents the growing occurrence of petty crimes by older women in Japan.
During Photoville, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Getty Images, and National Geographic will host events with projections and discussions about their work. You can also enjoy workshops, portrait sessions, and booksellers as well as food vendors and the beer garden.
New York’s Most Instagrammable Neighborhood
In addition to the event itself, the neighborhood of Dumbo is chock full of scenic shots. After all, Dumbo is referred to as New York’s most Instagrammable neighborhood.
Full of old factories, art galleries, startups, and artistic vibes, Dumbo is a gorgeous and eclectic place that residents and visitors alike love to enjoy. Whether you’re taking in the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park right on the East River, checking out the old 1920s carousel that has been restored into working condition, walking through The Archway under the bridge or photographing the bridge itself, you’ll find plenty of great places to snap a shot worthy of hanging on your wall.
The location right across the river from the foot of Manhattan makes for stunning views of the majestic Manhattan skyline as well as the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges over the water.