Snapshots: The best events at Photoville

Photo fest: The eighth annual Photoville will come to Brooklyn Bridge Park this fall, showcasing 85 free photo exhibits in recycled shipping containers under the Brooklyn Bridge.
United Photo Industries

Get your photo fill!

In addition to the many, many images to see during the eighth annual Photoville Festival starting on Sept. 12 in Dumbo, there will also be plenty to do.

The eight days of the festival, stretched over two weekends, will feature a series of lectures, tours, discussions, and hands-on workshops, according to the event’s executive director, who wants the festival to reach a wider audience than ever before.

“We’re trying to make it more accessible than ever,” said Laura Roumanos, the co-founder of United Photo Industries, the Dumbo company organizing the photo fest.

The event will provide wheelchair-accessible pathways, along with multilingual tours, and activities for children, including jigsaw puzzles and tours for elementary schoolers.

“Families are craving things that aren’t the usual playground or kids museum,” said Roumanos.

Some events you should be sure to catch:

Open up

Be the first to check out the exhibits when Photoville opens to the public at 4 p.m. on Sept. 12. And when you get tired of walking around, you can settle at the festival’s Smogasburg Beer Garden, featuring food trucks and craft beer, each day of the fest. Starting at 7 p.m., the opening ceremonies will celebrate various photo organizations, as well as the 40 photographers in “The Fence” exhibit stretching through Brooklyn Bridge Park, and will recognize the “People’s Choice” award winner.

Photoville at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza (17-31 Water St. between New Dock and Old Fulton streets in Dumbo. www.photoville.nyc) Sept. 12 4–10 p.m. Free.

It’s about Times

Editors and photographers from the New York Times speak about the most visually compelling stories of the year, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Magazine’s upcoming “New York City” issue.

“An Evening with the New York Times” at Smorgasburg Beer Garden at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Free.


Acclaimed photographer Joe Rodriguez will discuss his iconic 1980s “National Geographic” cover story about Spanish Harlem, and the current state of that community with David Gonzalez.

“Spanish Harlem” at St. Ann’s Warehouse (45 Water St. at Dock Street in Dumbo, (718) 254–8779, www.stannswarehouse.org). Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. Free.


Get your hands dirty at a print-making workshop, available to children and adults. The all-afternoon event “Flower Pounding and Natural Printmaking” will demonstrate how to use the plants at Brooklyn Bridge Park in your designs.

At the activity tent in the Smorgasburg Beer Garden. Sept. 15; noon–6 p.m. Free.

Family tour

Bring your kids to the “Photoville Family Funtime Tour,” where Laura Roumanos, the founder of Photoville, and her daughter Violet will give young visitors and their families a simplified tour of the gigantic photo exhibit.

Meets at the New Dock Street entrance to Photoville by Water Street, north of the Brooklyn Bridge. Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Free.

Gone wild

At the talk “Conservation Storytelling at National Geographic,” three photographers for the nature magazine will share their experiences covering the poaching crisis, climate change, and wildlife tourism, and will discuss how conservation photography is changing.

Smorgasburg Beer Garden at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams

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