New York Photo Festival - May 11-15, 2011
CURATED BY ENRICO BOSSAN AND ELISABETH BIONDI
Taking place throughout DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Ticket information here. Tickets will also be available at 1 Main Street Storefront, starting Thursday, May 12 @ 11am
Wednesday, May 11 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 - 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13 - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 - 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 - 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Full details here
This year’s main exhibitions, curated by Enrico Bossan and Elisabeth Biondi (on show at the 81 Front Street Storefront) are presented under the shared rubric PHOTOGRAPHY NOW: engaged, personal, and vital. They offer distinct perspectives on a shared theme: the state of documentary photography today.
Bossan’s show, entitled Hope, features the work of young photographers who, in his words, "neither provide a faithful representation of reality nor create an illusion, but who have impressed me with their ability to capture the essential aspects of life." These artists include Olivia Arthur, Clemence de Limburg, Matt Eich, Simona Ghizzoni, Andrea Gjestvang, Sean Lee, Margo Ovcharenko, Andy Spyra, Mikhael Subotzky, Ali Taptik and Peter van Agtmael. Bossan grants that photography can portray the world at its bleakest, but suggests that it can also—and, in fact, must—remain oriented toward what lies ahead.
Curated by Elisabeth Biondi, Subjective/Objective argues that documentary photography today is remarkably vibrant and creatively thriving, despite the bleak financial picture and vanishing support from a publishing industry challenged by digital media. She has selected photographers who refract reality through their own distinct visions, often venturing into more personal visual languages. Subjective/Objective will include the work of Alejandro Chaskielberg, Stefano De Luigi, Carolyn Drake, Martine Fougeron, Balazs Gardi, Jessica Hines, Ethan Levitas, Irina Werning and A Yin.
In addition to their respective exhibitions, Bossan and Biondi are jointly curating a room of work by photographers Shaul Schwarz and Richard Mosse that reveals the common ground in the curators’ perspectives.
A separate venue, located at 30 Washington Street, will feature multimedia works by artists CIA DE FOTO and Ben Lowy, as well as six viewing booths featuring work by such industry luminaries as MediaStorm and Panos Pictures.
About the New York Photo Festival
Designed to be a New York counterpart and thematic successor to the prestigious European photo festivals Les Rencontres d’Arles, PHotoEspaña, Perpignan and Visa pour l’Image—and American festivals such as FotoFest in Texas—the New York Photo Festival creates an international atmosphere of inspiring visual installations, professional and aficionado fellowship and camaraderie, and news-worthy staged presentations, awards ceremonies, and symposia over the course of four-and-a-half days during the busiest photography month in New York City.
The festival was founded by Daniel Power and Frank Evers. The inaugural NYPH (May 14–18, 2008) proved an astounding success, with over 15,000 tickets sold, 2,500 industry professionals and artists, 1,000 members of the international press, packed seating for all day and evening programming events at St. Ann’s Warehouse (450 capacity), 20 countries represented in curated and satellite pavilions, 85,000 clicked site visits, 47,000 blog posts, 2.5 million unique visits to www.nyphotofestival.com, 49 media partners, and over 3,000 submissions from 87 countries for the New York Photo Awards (www.newyorkphotoawards.com). Each year, the New York Photo Festival has been bigger in all respects.
The festival is headquartered in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY.