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PHOTO FEST

The Art + Commerce Festival will feature
the works of 60 up-and-coming photographers from the tri-state
area in the historic Tobacco Warehouse abutting the revamped
Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, beginning Sept. 17. The free
"2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers" opens on
Friday with a private gala and opens to the public on Saturday,
Sept. 18, during regular park hours.



Nearly half of the featured shutterbugs are from Brooklyn, according
to Michael Van Horne, co-curator of the show, which is organized
by Art + Commerce, an agency that represents creative talent
in the areas of photography, art direction and styling. Among
this borough’s talents on display is Richard Koek, whose 2002
photo "Feet" is pictured at left.



Brooklyn Heights resident Jimmy Moffat, a partner in the Art
+ Commerce agency, came up with the idea to spotlight both these
emerging talents and the slowly evolving Brooklyn Bridge Park
with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive Director Marianna
Koval.



"She and I are good friends and neighbors," explained
Moffat. "We always fantasized when we were walking our dogs
down there that we could do something that would both help young
artists, who don’t have any exposure in the public arena, and
bring people to the park. It’s been a great collaboration."



Among the celebrities that Art + Commerce represents are Annie
Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and William Eggleston.



"[Art + Commerce] have our feet in lots of different aspects
of the photography world – book publishing, advertising, magazines
– where historically, agencies inhabit only one of those worlds,"
said Moffat. "We wanted to do something where we could bring
together all those worlds and have an open and participatory
event."



Moffat said the agency received 12,000 submissions from 1,000
artists, and with a panel of judges from various backgrounds,
narrowed the number of featured photographers to just 60.



"Nothing is being done for profit," said Moffat.



The show is free and open to the public and information will
be provided at the roofless warehouse – located off Water and
Dock streets – for those interested in purchasing photographs
or hiring the photographers whose works are on display. For more
information, log on to www.artandcommerce.com
or call the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at (718) 802-0603.





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