About the Photoville Festival in NYC

The PHOTOVILLE Festival, New York City’s FREE premier photo destination, returns on September 18 for its 10th Anniversary year with a free community day, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, community programming, and open-air exhibitions across parks and public spaces throughout New York City.

This annual community festival provides an accessible venue for photographers and audiences from every walk of life to engage with each other, and experience thought-provoking photography from across the globe — with free access for all!

Photoville’s 70+ outdoor exhibitions will remain on view through December 1, 2021 so that communities can enjoy them while using these open spaces as a place to recharge, exercise, and relax.

A Look back at our 2020 Festival


In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Photoville adjusted to this new reality with creativity and flexibility. Photoville Festival 2020 combined online gatherings and dispersed outdoor exhibitions, with talks, workshops, and community events taking place online.

500,000 visitors engaged with our public exhibitions in the five boroughs,  showcasing the incredible work of over 250 artists, collaborating with partners including The New York Times, National Geographic, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Abrons Arts Center, TIME, and more.

Even though there were no in-person event gatherings or container exhibitions, adapting the festival format, allowed our audiences to safely enjoy all of our exhibitions and programming while continuing to meet the needs of our local and global photo communities.

Working with parks and city officials to safely install exhibition banners throughout parks and public spaces in NYC, exhibitions remained on view for several months so that communities could enjoy them while using these open spaces as a place to recharge, exercise, and relax.

Daytime programming at the 2020 Festival included 30 online talks, workshops, and special events presented with and by artists and industry professionals.

Over the month of October, 230 educators participated in our Educator Labs and Coffee Hours, while more than 740 students across NYC (Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn), across the country (California, Virginia, North Carolina), and across the globe (Kenya and Guatemala) attended virtual field trips meeting artists and hearing from young photographers.

About The Organizers

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. 

To learn more about our organization, please visit photoville.com