Greetings one and all!  

We are proud and humbled to be presenting the 9th year of the Photoville festival.  Like so many trying to navigate our way during this extraordinary time, in the midst of fighting a global pandemic, a long overdue reckoning of social injustice, and financial insecurity, we have struggled to maintain our footing while pressing forward. 

Like all of you, we have had to adjust time and again to new information on quarantining, working from home, virtual schooling, all the while fighting off the burn-out effects of never-ending zoom calls and social media fatigue. We took a long look at what we could do and we adjusted, shifted, tweaked, reinvented, punted – we hustled – and found a way for the festival to still take place, while staying true to its spirit. 

So yes, Photoville will look slightly different this year! With social distancing in mind, we’ve had to temporarily let go of our beloved shipping containers, our beer garden, and in-person sessions. Instead, we’re spreading our wings and spacing out our photo village throughout our beautiful home in Brooklyn Bridge Park and even beyond – into the heart of the city at Times Square, and parks across New York City’s five boroughs – thanks to our friends at NYC Parks, Abrons Arts Center and Times Square Arts.

We’ve worked with an exceptional group of artists and programming partners to curate 63 outdoor exhibitions. Taking many different forms, all exhibitions are designed to be viewed and enjoyed at a safe social distance.  Our daytime programming has been expanded and moved online, encompassing our growing education offerings for students and educators, as well as dozens of riveting talks and fun-filled workshops for all ages and abilities. 

Another big change, while our village is normally open for two weeks in September, this year all the outdoor exhibitions will be on view for over two months (through November 29), so you’ll have plenty of time to see everything. We hope you will be able to visit every location, share your favorites with your friends, and return for second viewings as well.

After so many months of working behind-the-scenes to bring this all together, we are so excited to share with you amazing lineup of photographers and their brilliant and important work. You’ll find strong and somber stories, reflecting the times we are living in and also light and joy to lift your spirits and put a smile on your face.

To get to the point of unveiling these city-wide public exhibitions and virtual programming, we rely upon our mighty Photoville team who always answers the call, our fantastic Board of Directors, and the incredible support network of partners who trust us to present compelling photography in public spaces. Please see a complete roster of all our partners  but we want to shout out Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Parks, Two Trees Management, Leica Camera, PhotoWings, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the DUMBO Business Improvement District for continuing to step up and support our community. 

We also count on you, our visitors, for your attendance, participation, and good will. If you are able, we ask you to donate to support the success and longevity of this community event.

We feel that the spirit of our annual “village” gathering will remain intact even with 6ft of physical separation between one other.  We look forward to the day in the near future when we can all safely gather in person once again, and until then, never hesitate to reach out if we can help in any way to keep you moving forward. 

Stay safe, stay active, keep fighting the good fight, and making your compelling images.

Welcome to Photoville 2020 - we will see you online and 6ft away in a public space near you! 

Laura, Sam, Dave
and our incredible team of superstars 



Over 60 Exhibitions in
Public Spaces Across NYC 

This year’s exhibitions are all outdoors, spread out through all 5 boroughs! Stay safe and enjoy visual storytelling free to all and open to the public starting September 17. 
Brooklyn Bridge Park
St. Nicholas Park 
Jackie Robinson Park 
Times Square 
Lower East Side 
Chelsea Park
Soundview Park 
The Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park
The Bronx 
Astoria Park
Travers Park 
South Beach 
Staten Island  
Washington St. 

Live Sessions Online

September 17 - October 4, 2020

All of the exciting and insightful commentary and community that you’ve come to expect from Photoville’s talks and workshops will be available from the appropriately socially-distanced comfort of your own home!

The full programming schedule and registration for events will be announced on Friday, September 4!

September 25 & 26 

Safety Clinic

Presented in partnership with The ACOS Alliance, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Frontline Freelance Register.

Are you a freelance photojournalist or documentary photographer in need of some expert, one-to-one advice on safety, risk assessment, digital security, or trauma management?

Sign up now for one of our FREE virtual safety clinics. REGISTER HERE.

Sept. 18 - Oct. 2

Back to Business - Diversify Photo Professional Development

Geared towards BIPOC photographers, and open to photographers anywhere in the world, Photoville is proud to partner with Diversify Photo to host our first set of professional development workshops, for experienced and emerging editorial photographers who would like to take on commercial assignments and want to learn the business skills to do so. Proudly supported by FujiFilm with additional support by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation. 

Full line up and registration to be launched September 4, 2020
Sept. 19 - Oct. 4


Taking place over the course of three weekends, our talks will feature some of the most innovative work and pressing issues in photography today, with conversations led by at National Geographic, Leica, The New York Times, Adobe, Aperture, and more.

Panel discussions will give added depth to many of these exhibitions, with artists and industry leaders addressing some of the most compelling topics and photo stories of the moment.  LEARN MORE

Full line up and registration to be launched September 4, 2020
Sept. 19 - Oct. 4


Our interactive and on-demand workshops will provide fun, practical, skills-based instruction in some of photography’s most sought-after markets. 

Workshop highlights include a series of programs hosted by Adobe for photographers looking to expand their skill-sets; Editorial Masterclass Workshop with the Visual Thinking Collective; Tabletop and Prop Stylist Robin Zachary will lead Styling Beyond Instagram; and many more. LEARN MORE

Full line up and registration to be launched September 4, 2020
Sept. 17 - Nov. 29 

Family-Friendly Activities

Parents grab some snacks and hang out with little ones while you enjoy some awesome family-friendly programming. 

Our on-demand programming will include a pre-recorded Online Cyanotype Demonstration from Penumbra Foundation for photographers and families looking to delve into the cyanotype process; Make-Your-Own Container Exhibition and Make-Your-Own Camera guides will be available from Photoville; and other family-friendly activities like a PhotoBooth from PhotoWings. DISCOVER ON SEPT.17

Photoville Education Month

Weekly through October 2020

Photoville Education Day 2020, which will take place throughout the month of October, as a series of education programs for young people and educators.

Students will be able to experience Meet the Artist Exhibition Tours, in which students connect with Photoville artists, Youth Photography Panels, in which students learn from their peers, and an Educators Lab, where teachers connect with Photoville artists and collaborate on lesson plans based on their work.

Our 2020 Festival education program is proudly supported by our partner Photowings with additional contributions by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation.



This year’s exhibitions are all outdoors, spread out through all 5 boroughs! Stay safe and enjoy visual storytelling free and open to the public.


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Marquee Partners
Official Transportation Partner
Major Community Partners
Exhibitions and Programming Partners
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Image credit from top to bottom: Empire Fulton Ferry. Brooklyn Bridge Park. Etienne Frossard via Brooklyn Bridge Park website; Fall in St. Nicholas Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks - St. Nicholas Park website; Jackie Robinson Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks - Jackie Robinson Park website; Times Square; Rainbow Shoe Repair Exhibition. Jasmin Chang; Chelsea Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks - Chelsea Park website; Soundview Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks -  Soundview Park website; Van Courtlandt Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks - Van Courtlandt Park website; Astoria Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks -  Astoria Park website; Daniel Avila. Travers Park. Image via NYC Gov Parks -  Astoria Park website. South Beach Promenade. Laura Roumanos; Washington St. Image via NYC Go website' 2019;  Photoville 2019. Freelance Safety Clinics. Lauren Crothers. Photoville 2019. Table styling workshop. Jessica Bal; Photoville 2019. Cyanotypes. Jessica Bal; Photoville 2019. On Feeling Good Talk. Lauren Crothers; Photoville 2019. Flower pounding. Jessica Bal; Photoville EDU Panel 2019. Gareth Smit.