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Photoville Festival Returns → to the Seaport S+11 S+14 S+3

Photoville Festival has extended their Opening Weekend Community Celebration to the Seaport to highlight the 7 incredible festival exhibitions, on view from June 1 – 16 at 23 Fulton Street.

This year, Photoville is bringing an array of activities to the Seaport for all ages and all levels of photography. Join us in welcoming the Flickr family as they lead a photowalk across the Brooklyn Bridge, from the Seaport exhibits to the Photo Village in Brooklyn Bridge Park!

For their classic programming, Photoville will be joined by the incredibly innovative team at Penumbra Foundation with Rachel Bussières in a new 3-hour Lumen Printing Workshop for all ages! Creatively Wild will be offering fun activities for kids, creating a safe and nurturing space at Photoville where kids can explore their own artistic journey, and freely express themselves through art!

Don’t miss out on the festival’s second weekend festivities as we connect in community and celebrate the 2024 Photoville Festival artists, exhibitions and partners. Come be a part of the magic right here at the Seaport.

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Event INFO

June 1 – June 16, 2024
Open Daily

Creatively Wild activities
June 8 & 9, 12-5pm

Photowalk with Flickr: Explore, Capture, Connect
June 8 & 9, 1-3pm

Penumbra – Lumen Printing
June 8 & 9, 5-8pm

23 Fulton Street


About the Exhibit

A culinary renaissance is occurring before our eyes. After generations of historical marginalization, black chefs across New York City are finally being recognized for their industry-leading talent. Exactly 100 years after the Harlem Renaissance birthed a crop of African-American musicians, artists, authors, and academics acclaimed for their excellence, food creators of color are leading a similar era of innovation today.

‘Chef’ not ‘Cook’: The Process to Plate is a photo series that captures the story of eight industry-leading African-American chefs. Heavily influenced by the African and Caribbean diasporas, these black culinary artists are impacting gastronomy through their food, voice, and cultural authenticity. For generations, dishes associated with black food were excluded from the discourse of fine American dining. Leveraging the significant contributions of black chefs before them, the current generation of chefs is evolving the historical narrative of black food into the pantheon of global cuisine.

Artist Bio

My name is Brendan Miller (FotoDiaspora on IG), I’m from White Plains, NY, and I’m the son of a South Bronx native and a Trinidadian immigrant. I’ve been taking pictures on trips across the globe for my entire adult life, but the pandemic changed my photography journey. I used the additional time to enroll in a photography class offered through the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where I learned about photo history, editing, and framing techniques. I began shooting candid street photography and instantly fell in love. My work has been featured in Docu Magazine, Anthology, and recognized by countless other print organizations. During the summer of 2023, I decided to expand my focus to documentary storytelling. I designed a series entitled ‘Chef’ not ‘Cook’: The Process to Plate, which captures the story of eight industry-leading chefs of color. The title is a nod to the historical marginalization of BIPOC food creators who were labeled as ‘cooks’ but denied the esteemed title ‘chef.’


About the Exhibit

Inuit and First Nations people in Northern Canada are among the world’s great hunters who have provided food for their people for thousands of years. Since colonization and the introduction of grocery stores, Indigenous people’s relationship with food has drastically changed. Today, more than half of the residents in Nunavut are not able to access nutritious food. Hunting, which is healthier and more culturally appropriate, is under funded and increasingly difficult to do because of climate change.

The introduction of grocery stores has led to a disconnection from traditional ways of life and family roles, which in turn has lead to malnutrition, obesity, tooth decay, and depression. Many of these groceries were intended for people living in camps and produced to have a long shelf life. Today, those “camp life” buying habits still exist as people must often buy food for many generations of family living under one roof, not to mention that most produce is spoiled by the time it reaches grocery stores.

Artist Bio

Pat Kane is a visual storyteller based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on the traditional land of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation.

He takes a documentary approach to stories about life in Northern Canada, with a special focus on issues important to Indigenous people, including the relationship between land and identity.

Pat is a National Geographic Explorer, and a former mentee of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. His work has been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, World Press Photo, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, and other media worldwide.

Pat is of Irish-Canadian and Algonquin Anishinaabe ancestry, and is a member of the Timiskaming First Nation.

He’s part of the photo collectives Indigenous Photograph and Boreal Collective.


About the Exhibit

This body of documentary photographs examines the role of gas stations throughout the American South, using these spaces as a lens to study this complex region, the people who live here, and how the populations and priorities are shifting. In a time when our politics are increasingly polarized, our neighborhoods segregated, and our rhetoric strained, still nearly everyone regularly passes through these same commercial spaces. We come together here almost out of necessity, or at least convenience. These images give due to the culture and people in these communities — the workers who sustain these gas stations and the customers who rely on them for fuel, food, essential goods, and community. This project puts expressed emphasis on emerging immigrant foodways launching from gas station kitchens — the cuisines of one’s native country and how that is merging with more traditional flavors of the American South, shifting the very definition of Southern food. We highlight the egalitarian nature of the gas station, integral to the lives of people in every socioeconomic bracket in the South, especially in rural areas. Spanning more than ten years, this project touches down in 11 southern states and documents more than 150 gas stations.

Artist Bio

Kate Medley is a North Carolina-based visual journalist documenting the American South. Her work focuses on storytelling and environmental portraiture and often explores issues of social justice and the shifting politics of the region. Medley’s debut book of photography, THANK YOU PLEASE COME AGAIN, was published by The Bitter Southerner in 2023. Medley lives in Durham, North Carolina, where she works as an independent photojournalist covering national news.


About the Exhibit

Women coffee farmers play a vital yet often overlooked role in coffee production, contributing up to 70% of the labor to plant, harvest, and process coffee beans. Despite their significant contribution, these women frequently go unrecognized and unpaid for their efforts. Lucia Bawot, Colombian photographer and storyteller, set out to change and rewrite this narrative with her debut book “We Belong: An Anthology of Colombian Women Coffee Farmers” (2023).

This initiative evolved into a larger project, encompassing “Beans to Minds,” a pilot program focused on mental health support for 39 women coffee farmers and pickers, and “The Revolution of Belonging,” a lecture series that seeks to help women find belonging. Through her photography, Lucia aims to shed light on the lives of Colombian women coffee farmers and pickers. Her photographs are more than mere images: they’re windows through which one can glimpse the depth and complexity of the human experience. With each photograph, she peels back the layers of stereotype and stigma, inviting us to see these women not as laborers toiling in coffee fields, but as humans. This isn’t merely a photographic endeavor; it’s a cathartic exploration of identity and the power of making the invisible visible.

Artist Bio

Lucia Bawot is passionate about transforming ideas into tangible projects. Her motto is: “Make the invisible VISIBLE.”

After a decade of working with more than 12 leading companies in the coffee industry to form supply-chain narratives and communicate the values of their sustainability projects, in March of 2023, Lucia marked a new chapter in her professional career and independently published her debut book, “We Belong: An Anthology of Colombian Women Coffee Farmers.” This book is an artistic declaration with a humanistic approach that reveals the life stories of 25 Colombian women coffee farmers and pickers in their full spectrum. “We Belong” won 3rd Place in the Women’s Book category at the Gourmand Awards and 2nd Place/Honoree in the Best Coffee Book category at the Sprudgie Awards.

After the publication of her book, she discovered how much passion she feels for writing and crafting stories. Currently, Lucia is brewing up two book ideas. First, a guidebook to tackle the challenge of belonging, which aims to be a tool for women who have emigrated from their homes and are searching for a sense of belonging and identity. Second, a novel that unpacks her mother’s intricate, inspiring, and trailblazing story of founding and running a transportation company during the Colombian armed conflict.


About the Exhibit

The Leaked Recipes Cookbook is the result of a rigorous and systematic investigation by Demetria Glace, with photographs by Emilie Baltz, through the major leaks of the past 15 years, focusing on the theme of cooking. Part-reportage, part-cookbook, it showcases over 50 recipes found in emails hacked, breached and leaked online from the following companies and political figures:

Companies: Enron Corporation (energy); HBGary Federal (technology security); Sony Pictures (entertainment); and Stratfor (geopolitical intelligence)

Political figures: Emmanuel Macron (campaign emails); Hillary Clinton (secretary of state emails); and John Podesta (Clinton’s campaign manager).

This is not just a cookbook. It’s an insight into office culture, politics, corruption, hacking, family and friendships. It’s time to cook the conspiracy.

Artist Bio

Emilie Baltz is an innovation director and experiential artist who creates multi-sensory experiences one lick, suck, bite and sniff at a time. Best known for her work in using food as a medium (and metaphor) for designing experience, she works at the intersection of hospitality, performance, industrial design and technology.

She is an award-winning artist, author and public speaker with appearances at TEDx, DLD, PSFK Conference, Ignite Conference, Creative Mornings, TODAY Show, NBC, Wall Street Journal, D-CRIT, and more. Emilie is based in New York City and is part of the NEW LAB for emerging technologies & human behavior, as well as a founding member of NEW INC, the first museum led incubator for art, design & technology hosted at the New Museum. She is also part of the founding faculty of the School of Visual Arts Products of Design MFA program, and the founder of the first Food Design Studio at Pratt Institute.


About the Exhibit

Bridging generations of rebellion and creativity, this exhibition unites new and old faces of the NYC punk scene through the lens of five photographers across the last five decades.

Renowned punk photographers Bob Gruen, Roberta Bayley, and GODLIS bring us the 1970’s birth of punk and the peak of iconic east village venue CBGB. Alongside them, Destiny Mata and Ebru Yildiz document the modern age of NYC punk, from the DIY music venue Death by Audio to the vibrant alternative punks of color scene thriving across all five boroughs.

Witness the evolution of this raw and unapologetic movement that continues to thrive and transcend boundaries, proving once and for all that punk truly isn’t dead.


Artist Bio


Arriving in New York in the spring of 1974, Roberta Bayley began working the door at CBGBs, New York’s legendary punk club. She started photographing the musicians who played there and soon went to work as chief photographer for Punk magazine, which gave the movement its name. She is one of the main photographers to visually chronicle the early punk rock scene, from 1975 through the 80s.

Among the artists Bayley has photographed are Iggy Pop, the Ramones, Debbie Harry and Blondie, Richard Hell, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Ian Dury, Brian Eno, Nick Lowe, The Damned, The Clash, The Dead Boys, X-Ray Spex, Squeeze, and a reunited New York Dolls.


David Godlis, who is best known by his last name GODLIS, has been photographing in New York City since 1976. A “street photographer” in the style of Diane Arbus and Garry Winogrand, he wandered into the nightclub CBGB’s one night, and has become known for his photographs of the NYC Punk scene. GODLIS, who shot in the style of photographers Brassai and Robert Frank, used his handheld Leica camera and Tri-X film to capture his subjects by the natural light of the Bowery outside as well as inside the club CBGB’s. His book of those photographs, HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT, artistically documented that club between the years 1976 and 1979, when Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, Richard Hell, Talking Heads and Television ruled the Bowery. Since the late 1980’s, GODLIS has been shooting the New York Film Festival, where he has been the unofficial official photographer for the last 25 years. Now thoroughly enmeshed in the digital world with a FUJI X camera, he shoots assignments and exhibits his photographs internationally. His two books of “street photography” – GODLIS STREETS and GODLIS MIAMI are available from Reel Art Press.


Bob Gruen is one of the most respected rock and roll photographers of all time. His iconic images—including John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt (1974), Led Zeppelin standing in front of their airplane and Sid Vicious eating a hot dog (in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London)—have appeared worldwide in every form, from magazine covers, posters, T-shirts and even postage stamps. He is the author of 15 books including Rock Seen, John Lennon: The New York Years, Green Day: Photographs by Bob Gruen and a new autobiography Right Place, Right Time. He lives in New York.


Destiny Mata is a Mexican American photographer and filmmaker based in her native New York City focusing on issues of subculture and community. After studying photojournalism at LaGuardia Community College and San Antonio College, she spent two years as Director of Photography Programs at the Lower Eastside Girls Club. Her photography has been published in The Culture Crush, The Nation, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Mata recently has been awarded the Magnum Foundation Fellowship 2023. She exhibited La Vida En Loisaida: Life on the Lower East Side, a solo exhibition at Photoville Festival 2020. She has taken part in a group exhibition presented by The ARChive of Contemporary Music From Her To Eternity: Women Who Photograph Music at Columbia College Chicago 2023, ICP Concerned Global Images for Global Crisis at the International Center of Photography 2020, Magnum Foundation US Dispatches Grantee 2020, Mexic-Arte Museum, Young Latino Artists 21: Amexican@ 2016 and in 2014 she exhibited photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at the Museum of New York City’s, Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy exhibition. She is currently preparing a series of documentary works continuing her exploration of the fabric of the communities around her.


Ebru Yıldız is a portrait photographer born and raised in Ankara, Turkey and now living in her adopted home of Brooklyn, NY. She has illuminated an array of faces including Mitski, Laurie Anderson, Interpol, P!nk, Rhiannon Giddens, Sharon Jones, Neko Case and John Cale. She understands the artistry of a timeless portrait. Her simplicity is signature; a tight window fitted plainly around an open soft face, often in crisp black and white or the occasional rich palette of color bathed in melancholy blue tones. The result is a slowed down kind of feeling, even meditative. That ability to freeze a vulnerable moment in time plays a large part in her documentary work as well. Part of that stems from her early days taking photos at DIY shows around New York in the kind of rooms that are cluttered and abrupt. In her first photo book, “We’ve Come So Far – The Last Days of Death By Audio”, Yıldız documented the closing of the DIY space, isolating those brief raw moments, magnifying their modesty and candor. In both her portraits and her documentary work, Yıldız manages to hone a tension while simultaneously unlocking something angelic and loose in her subjects. It’s nearly palpable. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, NME, Bust Magazine to name a few.

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About Photoville

United Photo Industries Inc (d.b.a Photoville) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. Our mission is to build a wide, diverse audience for photographic narratives and nurture a new lens of representation, through the creation of unique and highly innovative environments such as our free annual community photo festival.

Since Photoville’s inception, we have been devoted to building an inclusive community of visual artists. We view art as a collaborative process between artists and their audiences, and we believe that public art creates the perfect conditions to foster this creative union. 

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