10 Under 10

10 Under 10

10 Under 10

In honor of our 10th year, we’re going to be opening this year’s Photoville Festival on the big screen in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a series of 10 stories from 10 partners–each in less than 10 minutes!

The evening “10 Under 10” program will feature longtime friends and partners, community-based photographic organizations, and stalwarts of the visual storytelling community.

Tying this all together is the deep appreciation and celebration of our photographic community, where we’ve had the pleasure to grow, collaborate and thrive for the past 10 years.



The New York Times presents: The Photography of the New York Times

The New York Times will show two presentations:  a retrospective of photography by Michelle V. Agins, an award-winning staff photographer at The Times for more than 30 years, and a look back at some of the most memorable photographs from The New York Times from the past 18 months.
Photo: © Erin Schaff/The New York Times

See related exhibition: Michelle V. Agins: A Retrospective Of A Pioneering New York Times Photographer 


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents: Picturing Community: Austin Hansen’s Photographs of Harlem

Dalila Scruggs will offer a brief glimpse into the prolific practice of Austin Hansen, a photographer who chronicled Harlem’s vital community for nearly five decades. His work is featured in Photoville’s exhibition Been/Seen.

See related exhibition: Been Seen

Abrons Arts Center and My Projects Runway present: Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a short film by artist Christopher Currence that reflects on the practice of communal care and accountability to ones neighbors. The work features women residents of Lower East Side public housing developments who have contributed to transformative change in their neighborhood through direct action and advocacy. Presented in partnership with Abrons Arts Center’s Photoville 2021 Exhibition My Projects Runway: Community Matriarchs of NYCHA, the film features these leaders at local sites that bear personal significance, where they reflect on how their experiences as public housing residents have shaped their commitment to activism.

See related exhibition: Community Matriarchs Of NYCHA

The Magnum Foundation and American Jewish World Service present: As We Are: Collaborative Portraits with Uganda’s Gulu Women with Disabilities Union

Photographer Esther Ruth Mbabazi discusses “As We Are”, a series of collaborative portraits made with the Gulu Women with Disabilities Union (GUWODU) in Gulu, Uganda celebrating individuality and personal expression. From the custom-made outfits to the vibrant backdrops, the women wanted to counter how the media typically portray disability.

See related exhibition: As We Are: Collaborative Portraits With Uganda’s Gulu Women With Disabilities Union

Pulitzer Center presents: Who Tells the Stories of Our Time

In Who Tells the Stories of Our Time, Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer Center, will share reflections on the Center’s support of photojournalism projects that elevate the voices—and vision—of underrepresented communities, including a collaboration with Diversify Photo on the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant. The program will highlight the critical role photographers play as journalists and educators in informing the public of the underreported and systemic issues of our time, and will feature the film Dialogue with Plants by grantees Florence Goupil and Teo Belton.

See related exhibition: Dialogue With Plants

Indigenous Photograph presents: Citlali Fabian’s work “I’m from Yalalag”

Meet Indigenous Photograph, a newly expanded database of Indigenous photographers from around the globe. Come see Indigenous Photograph member Citlali Fabian’s work “I’m from Yalalag” where she explores her Yalalteca culture as a way to honor her ancestors and document how her culture has withstood colonization. Citlali is a Yalalteca, Mexican visual artist and storyteller based between Mexico and the United Kingdom. She uses photography to explore ways of addressing identity and its connections with territory, migration, and community bonds.

The United Nations Department of Peace Operations, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and UN Women present: In their hands: Women taking ownership of peace

Through the lens of local women photographers, we seek to elevate, amplify and increase the visibility of womens’ participation in, and their essential contributions to, peace and security. From Mali to Colombia, Yemen and South Sudan, we want to invite you to discover the stories of women who have taken peace into their own hands, and how the UN supports them in building sustainable peace. This interactive exhibition will also be shown at the UNHQ in New York and will later travel to Africa. With these inspiring stories we seek to mobilize support and raise awareness on the indispensable role women play in promoting peace and building a better world.

See related exhibition: In Their Hands: Women Taking Ownership Of Peace

Joseph Rodriguez presents: Taxi Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987

Joseph Rodriguez discusses his experience photographing TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977–1987, a portrait of the gritty chaos and community of New York in the 1970s. The book is composed of photographs captured from the driver’s seat of documentary photographer (and cab driver) Joseph Rodriguez’s taxi—including scenes of night workers getting off their shifts, children jumping through the spray of open fire hydrants in the summer, and S&M partiers leaving clubs, zipped in leather, in the early hours of the morning.

See related exhibition: Taxi Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987

The Darkroom Masters presents: The Darkroom Masters Series

The DarkRoom Masters is bringing to light the skills of master photographers in their element. A multi-dimensional journey into the darkroom, Russell Frederick and Anderson Zaca showcase some of the biggest and most under-represented names in photography  and invite them  to discuss printmaking, their mission, social justice, current events, and how their images shape the world. 

National Geographic and Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project present: Living Lullabies and Heartwarming Songs from Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project

National Geographic Explorer and photographer Hannah Reyes Morales will discuss the inspiration behind her project, Living Lullabies, with beautiful illustrations and audio clips of lullabies from around the world.

Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new parents with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding childhood development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In this intimate performance, talented teaching artists will perform original songs written by families and share insight into the songwriting process.

See related exhibition: Living Lullabies

Community Day: Park Safety

Please note that outside alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited on the lawn and throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park. We’re excited to bring back Smorgasburg once again to Photoville! For your food and drink options, including alcohol, please visit our Smorgusburg friends on the Promenade throughout the day. Outside food is permitted.

Please note there will be a bag check at the entrance to the lawn, where the nighttime programming takes place. This is to ensure the above policies and to maintain the beautiful outdoor space and safety of our attendees, so we can all enjoy the event together!

Please bring blankets.

Chairs (other than wheelchairs) are not allowed on the lawn.

Leave your furry friends at home, as dogs are not allowed on the lawn, per Brooklyn Bridge Park rules

Restrooms are available near the entrance of Pier 1.


Community Day: Covid-19 Safety

While we look forward to welcoming back our Photoville friends and supporters to our in-person Community Day event, our number one priority is health and safety.

We will be monitoring and adhering to the guidelines set out by New York City, State and the CDC. As the New York City area is experiencing an increase of Covid cases, mask-wearing is recommended when in close proximity to others, including in crowded outdoor settings, and regardless of vaccination status. We encourage everyone to wear a mask, maintain social distance when possible, and show respect  to fellow attendees.

If you or your family members attend any of our family activities, photo workshops or tours, we ask that everyone wears a mask.

At this time, no health screenings or proof of vaccination are in place to attend Photoville; however, we will be keeping up-to-date on any changes to City and State guidelines and ask for your patience with this ongoing situation.

In consideration of our attendees, staff and volunteers, we ask that if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, or have recently come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, please stay home.

In attending Photoville, you voluntarily assume the risks that apply to exposure to COVID-19. Thank you for protecting yourself, friends & family and the Photoville community by practicing adherence to guidelines and respecting the safety needs of others.

Photoville’s 10 Under 10 featuring presentations from The New York Times, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Abrons Arts Center, Magnum Foundation, Pulitzer Center, Indigenous Photo, United Nations Women, Joseph Rodriguez, The Darkroom Masters, and National Geographic featuring live music from Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project.
Date and Time: September 18, 2021 7:00 pm EST
Location: Pier 1 – Harborview Lawn

Meet at Pier 1 Info Booth


Presenter Bios

NYTThe New York Times Since 1851, The New York Times has been on the ground reporting stories from around the globe that no one else was telling. How we tell those stories has changed, but our mission to seek the truth and help people understand the world has remained constant.

schomburg centerSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences

Abrons Arts CenterAbrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs, and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

henry street settlementHenry Street Settlements Henry Street Settlement’s mission is to open doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs. The organization is distinguished by its commitment to listening to and learning from our neighbors—and then acting to meet the most pressing needs of our community.

My Projects Runway Founded by Jayah Arnett in 2020, My Projects Runway is a storytelling platform that seeks to challenge stereotypes of New York City public housing residents by celebrating their distinct goals, dreams, and accomplishments. The platform highlights the people, culture, trends and deep history that originates from NYCHA by inviting residents to share photos, videos and personal archives that offer more expansive representations of life in public housing. Follow My Projects Runway on Instagram @my.projectsrunway.

Magnum foundationThe Magnum Foundation The Magnum Foundation is a nonprofit organization that expands creativity and diversity in documentary photography, activating new audiences and ideas through the innovative use of images. Through grantmaking and mentorship, Magnum Foundation supports a global network of social justice and human rights-focused photographers, and experiments with new models for storytelling.

American Jewish World Service American Jewish World Service is the leading Jewish organization working to fight poverty and pursue justice in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. AJWS supports over 500 social change organizations in 18 countries, all responding to the most pressing issues of our time—from disasters and genocides to the persecution of women, LGBTQI+ people, Indigenous communities, and ethnic and religious minorities—in an ongoing mission to build a more just and equitable world.

pulitzer centerPulitzer Center The Pulitzer Center raises awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of education and public outreach. We support nearly 200 reporting projects a year, in partnership with more than 150 news organizations with an increasing focus on regional and local outlets to ensure we are reaching diverse audiences. We are raising awareness of the interconnected nature of the greatest challenges of our times and pointing to possible solutions. We serve global public-interest journalism by engaging wide audiences on deeply reported topics and inspiring the next generation to value credible news and cross-cultural understanding.

indigenous photographIndigenous Photograph Indigenous Photograph is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and bring balance to the way we tell stories about Indigenous people and spaces. Our mission is to support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.

United Nations Department of Peace Operations The United Nations Department of Peace Operations (DPO) is dedicated to assisting the Member States and the Secretary-General in their efforts to maintain international peace and security, by providing political and executive direction to UN peacekeeping operations around the world and maintaining contact with the Security Council, troop and financial contributors, and parties to the conflict in the implementation of Security Council mandates.

UN peacekeepingUnited Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs The United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) plays a central role in United Nations efforts to prevent deadly conflict and build sustainable peace around the world, monitoring and assessing global political developments with an eye to detecting potential crises and devising effective responses.

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women works to ensure that women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.

Joe RodriquezJoseph Rodriguez Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an AAS from New York City Technical College. He worked in the graphic arts industry before deciding to pursue photography further. In 1985, he graduated with a degree in photojournalism and documentary from the International Center of Photography in New York. He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and print and online news organizations like National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Esquire, Stern, BBC News and New America Media, as well as advertising campaigns for Levi’s, AIG, and Ikea.

the darkroom mastersThe Darkroom Masters Under the safe light, Russell Frederick and Anderson Zaca invite photographers and artists to join them on a fine art journey to discuss printmaking, their mission, social justice, current events and how images shape the world.

national geographicNational Geographic Established in 1888, National Geographic is a trusted print and digital publication offering stories that illuminate, inspire, and reveal. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultures, the sciences, and the natural world. We advance that mission by creating visually stunning, richly reported photojournalism and distinguished, impartial coverage of the globe’s most pressing issues. National Geographic, the most popular brand on Instagram, has more than 235 million followers.

carnegie hallCarnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project pairs new parents with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City this year, the project will reach more than 250 families through different city agencies and community sites, including healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, and correctional facilities. Carnegie Hall also provides free resources and materials throughout the season to partners to inspire musical learning in their communities. Extending across the country and through several international programs, the Lullaby Project enables more than 40 national and international partner organizations to support families in their own communities, including work with partners in Europe, South America, Asia, and Oceania. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Lullaby Project first took place at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx in December 2011, and since then more than 2,500 families have written original songs for their children, many of which are available for listening and sharing at soundcloud.com/CarnegieHallLullaby.

Presenting Organization

Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com