Photoville returns in time for its 10th anniversary


Jahlil Rush | The Ticker

Jahlil Rush, Production Assistant

The Photoville festival returns for its 10th anniversary, displaying over 70 photography exhibits across New York City.

Photoville, a Brooklyn based nonprofit organization, announced the return of its eponymous photography festival which will run from Sept. 18 to Dec. 1. This year’s festival will consist of virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops demonstrations, educational programs and more, according to the Photoville website.

This anniversary also marks the second year in a row of bringing photographs to every borough in the city.

The organization’s main mission is to showcase photographers and organizations from New York, as well as the world, and broaden the possibilities of artwork that would normally go the traditional route of being placed in a museum or art gallery spaces.

When it was formed in 2011, Photoville’s objective was to address cultural equity and inclusion. This year’s exhibits reinforce the organization’s initial intentions.

Various artworks that are shown throughout the festival include “Women in the Face of History,” an exhibition that helps people comprehend the history of women’s suffrage in America.

Other artwork includes works by Michelle Agins, a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from The New York Times. Agins’ work features prominent figures including politicians and celebrities. Her more recognizable work, displayed along the Brooklyn Bridge Park Waterfront, is that of pictures of the New York Liberty Basketball Team at the height of their careers.

“These women weren’t treated like regular NBA stars,” Agins told Spectrum News. “They had to wash their own uniforms in the sink at hotels, and they had to double up in rooms, so to get access over the months of following them at Madison Square Garden and to actually get this road trip with them, was an amazing part.”

Also can be seen in Brooklyn Bridge Park near the Empire Fulton Ferry Park Area are photographs dedicated to frontline essential workers. Rosem Morton, a documentary photographer and nurse, took photographs of Filipino American healthcare workers who were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The photography festival’s return proves that arts and culture in New York City can once again flourish.