Dog Day High

Supported by: United Photo Industries

Featuring: Michelle Pedone

Yearbook style portraits capturing the stereotypical humanistic qualities present in the personality of dogs and cats.

michellepedone_headshot Michelle Pedone is an award winning New York City based portrait photographer. Growing up in a military family and being the new kid in a classroom at least 16 times has given Michelle a unique perspective on the world. Experiencing the subculture evident in each new place nourished her love of pop culture, so evident in her work today. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington DC.

Her energetic personality, eye for color and details and clean graphic style lends itself to a variety of subject matters, whether it’s an entertainer, pro wrestler, CEO, teenager or the family pet. She recently began shooting motion; a jump that came naturally and well suited her stylized approach to visual story telling.

Michelle’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Seventeen, Men’s Health and World Wrestling Entertainment Magazine, along with advertising campaigns for Old Navy and The Learning Channel. Her photographs have hung on the walls of United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, NY and Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. She lives in New York City with her husband James, affenpinscher Pepito, and kitty Baby Olive.



For almost three years Sebastian Denz has been traveling across Europe to shoot a series of 3D photographs with more than 20 members of the carhartt skateboard team. The result of his work is a series of spatial photographs in a quality never seen before.

For his project SKATEBOARDING.3D, Denz developed a unique 8 x 10 inch large-format-stereo-apparatus called ‘Stein’, that his friend and custom camera specialist Dr. Kurt Gilde built for him. His exhibitions show some of the professional skaters in life-sized 3D-images:

“(…) Actually, though, nothing else takes place, beyond the fact that the viewer’s imagination has to fill in and add to the geometric space of the image, so that his own metaphysical ‘reality’ can unfold, as it were, while this geometrical space also takes on a phantasmagoric component.” (Klaus Honnef)

The book SKATEBOARDING.3D was published by Prestel (Munich · Berlin · London · New York). His work won several awards and was presented in more than 30 exhibitions and art fairs worldwide.

Sebastian Denz is a Professor for photography and spatial media at the design akademie berlin, SRH University, Germany.

He studied architecture followed by photography and fine arts in Hanover and Bielefeld. His works are in collections, national and international exhibitions.

Additional University teaching assignments and invited talks at the San Francisco Art Institute, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, PWSFTviT Filmschool Łódź, Berlinale etc.

Toxic Sites US

Presented by Open Society Foundations

Featuring Brooke Singer

Toxic Sites US ( is an online data visualization and sharing platform for the over 1300 Superfund sites or the worst toxic contamination sites in the US as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program has a dedicated page for each site that visually and textually describes location, history, timeline, contaminants, responsible parties and area demographics. In addition, people can contribute their own stories, including photographs and video. Toxic Sites US is a tool for general users to learn more or for those more involved to advocate, connect and organize across individual sites.

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Brooke Singer
is a media artist who lives in New York City. Her work blurs the borders between science, technology, politics and arts practices. She engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photographs, maps, installations and performances that involves public participation often in pursuit of social change. She is Associate Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase and co-founder of art, technology and activist group, Preemptive Media. She is also a co-founder of La Casita Verde, a new community garden in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and was formerly a fellow at Eyebeam Art + Technology (2010-2011). She has recently received awards from the Open Society Foundations, Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund and Madrid Council’s Department of the Arts. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including MoMA/PS1, Warhol Museum of Art, Matadero Madrid, The Banff Centre, Neuberger Museum of Art, Diverseworks, Exit Art, FILE Electronic Festival and Sonar Music and Multimedia Festival. She is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Microsoft and Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. Visit her portfolio online:

This activation is supported by the Open Society Documentary Photography Project. Through grants and exhibitions, we seek to advance socially engaged photography and its potential to drive change. We value ambitious work that reflects an ongoing commitment to depth and nuance, a plurality of perspectives and approaches, and photographers who use their work to strategically trigger critical thought, dialogue, and action. Our public programs combine the perspectives of photographers, advocates, and grassroots organizers to stimulate critical thinking about pressing global issues.

In 2014, Brooke Singer’s Toxic Sites US received an Audience Engagement Grant from the Documentary Photography Project. The Audience Engagement Grant supported visual advocates who seek concrete, sustainable change on issues to which they are deeply committed, and who collaborate with organizational partners to help them use photography in innovative ways.

National Geographic Presents: Living Goddesses

Presented by National Geographic

Curated by Ken Geiger

Featuring: Stephanie Sinclair

In the Kathmandu Valley young Newari girls called kumaris are worshipped as omnipotent deities. These prepubescent girls (in Nepali the word “kumari” means “virgin girl”) are glorified as living goddesses for years at time and are believed to have powers of prescience and the ability to cure the sick (particularly those suffering from blood disorders), fulfill specific wishes, and bestow blessings of protection and prosperity. Above all, they’re said to provide an immediate connection between this world and the divine and to generate in their devotees maitri bhavana—a spirit of loving-kindness toward all. This photographic essay, created for National Geographic, is a rare look into the world of a living goddess.

A National Geographic photographer for the past 10 years, Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has photographed the defining conflicts of the past decade with fearless persistence. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, her most arresting works confront the everyday lives of young girls. Sinclair is also the Founding Executive Director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit providing visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced by girls and women around the world. Using the power of visual storytelling, Too Young To Wed aims to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage worldwide.

Sinclair’s honors for this project include three World Press Photo awards and exhibitions in 27 countries including prestigious venues such as at the United Nations (2012, 2014) and the Whitney Biennial (2010) in New York.


National Geographic Presents: Ebola

Presented by National Geographic

Curated by Kurt Mutchler

Featuring Peter Muller

To photograph “Stalking a Killer” in the July issue of National Geographic magazine, photographer Pete Muller traveled deep into the remote forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where bush meat hunters are at risk for being exposed to the Ebola virus to the apex of the killer Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. “Ebola virus is a zoonosis, an especially nasty and perplexing one—killing many of its human victims in a matter of days, pushing others to the brink of death, and then vanishing. Where does it hide, quiet and inconspicuous, between outbreaks?” wrote the story’s author, David Quammen.

“Of course, as a photographer you’re asked to put yourself into positions where the risk levels are high to see burials, to see body collection, to see people who are infected with the virus. You have to be in the proximity and it is nerve wracking for sure. I thought with the correct precautions it was an approachable assignment, but that’s not to say that I wasn’t nervous. I spent several sleepless nights,” Muller said.

Pete Muller (b.1982) is an American photographer and researcher based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work focuses on masculinity, national identity and conflict in post-colonial states. He works on a mix of editorial assignments and long-term personal projects. His ongoing work, A Tale of Two Wolves, examines the interplay between notions of masculinity, male experience and violence. He has worked in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, the Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. He is a contributing photographer to National Geographic, TIME Magazine, and the Washington Post and has received awards from World Press Photo, the Overseas Press Club, TIME Magazine, Pictures of the Year International and others. He is member of the photo collective, Prime.


National Geographic Presents: High Science

Presented by National Geographic

Curated by Kurt Mutchler

Featuring Lynn Johnson

Weed, ganja, reefer, Mary Jane, smoke, laughing grass, devil’s lettuce—smoke it, vape it, boil it for tea, make hash for a high or oil for life.

Today’s Cannabis is enjoying a new status as legal plant of choice for altered consciousness—the center of a billion dollar industry and real medicine for thousands of people with pain, cancer, seizures and trauma.

Photographing this story for National Geographic was an education, not just about this plant—revered and reviled—and its devoted users in the recreational world of weed but more importantly, about the courage of parents determined, in spite of laws, distance and resources, to give their children the best life possible.

Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the power of cannabis. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth around the world find their creative voices. At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, she is developing a mentoring program that challenges master’s students to push past their comfort levels in pursuit of their own truth, frame by frame.


National Geographic Presents: Still Life

Presented by National Geographic

Curated by Sarah Leen

Featuring Rob Clark

Taxidermy has played an important role in conservation since the 1800s when it gave the public an intimate way to appreciate creatures they might never encounter in the wild. This was a time of plenty when individuals and museums, such as Charles Darwin and the Smithsonian Institution, created vast collections of creatures in the name of science that enhanced our knowledge and appreciation of the natural world.

Today the art of taxidermy is often more of a memorial and a reminder of what has been lost.

“As a kid growing up in Western Kansas, I was always scared by and yet attracted to a Polar Bear in our local Natural History museum.” Says photographer Robert Clark. ”I re-discovered my attraction to taxidermy while researching a story about extinction. The fact that hundreds of animals only exist in this form fascinated me and made me realize its historical importance.”

Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City. During his fifteen-years working with National Geographic Magazine, Clark has photographed over 30 stories, including more than a dozen covers. His story on Taxidermy is his 38th story for the magazine. In March 2003, he photographed the magazine’s first digital photographic cover. The article, “Was Darwin Wrong?” earned a National Magazine award for best essay in 2005.

Early in his career, Clark left his job with the Philadelphia Inquirer to document the lives of high school football players in Odessa, Texas with author Buzz Bissinger, for the book “Friday Night Lights.” In 2003, Anne Wilkes Tucker of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston brought Clark back to Texas to capture the first year of the new NFL team, the Houston Texans. Clark’s documentary and portraiture project resulted in one of the museums’s most popular exhibits in recent years.

Clark witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center from his rooftop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His photos captured the second plane hitting the tower and his four picture series was widely published. His coverage on September 11th was recognized with a first place award at the World Press Awards in Amsterdam. He is currently working on a book documenting the birth of science and evolution.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Lai Ling and their daughter Lola.


The Mash-Up

Supported by United Photo Industries

Curated by Janette Beckman

Featuring: Cey Adams & Queen Andrea

The Mash Up: In celebration of the Photoville opening night show, Down & Dirty, the UPI team are double-stacking two containers where photographer and curator Janette Beckman has invited celebrated street artists Cey Adams and Queen Andrea to “mash-up” two of her iconic music images larger than life.


A New York City native who emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. He exhibits, lectures and teaches art workshops at institutions including: MoMA, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, Pratt Institute, Stamford University, Howard University, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, High Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Mount Royal University and The University of Winnipeg in Canada. He recently co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, published by Harper-Collins; and designed Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, published by Rizzoli. Cey’s work explores the relationship between transformation and discovery. His practice involves dismantling various imagery and paper elements to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. Cey draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.


(aka graffiti surname “Queen Andrea”) is a New York City-based graphic designer, illustrator and graffiti artist. A native New Yorker raised in the vibrant Soho neighborhood of Manhattan, Andrea has been deeply inspired by the urban landscape from an early age.
As a teenager, she befriended some of the most prolific old-school graffiti writers and actively taught herself the complicated artform of graffiti. This early love of letters eventually developed into a comprehensive expertise and versatility in many typographic styles.
Andrea earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Parsons School of Design and began a successful career, working for worldwide brands and design studios who appreciate both the urban creative flavor of her work and her versatile and passionate knowledge of typography, branding and visual communication.
Andrea has spent 15 years perfecting her typography and design skillset. With over 10 years of personal client and agency experience on widely varied brands and campaigns in branding, editorial, advertising, entertainment and fashion, Andrea continues to passionately build her knowledge and expertise.
As a diehard design enthusiast, she is constantly staying abreast of new trends, technology, art, fashion and design history alike.

Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George, as well as 3 Police album covers. Her powerful portraits celebrating this music and style are collected in Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982 (powerHouse Books, 2005). Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers such as Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash, Big Daddy Kane and 1980’s style are collected in The Breaks, Stylin and Profilin 1982-1990 (powerHouse Books, 2007). Dashwood Books recently published El Hoyo Maravilla, a collection of Janette’s photographs of an East LA gang.

Her photographs have recently been exhibited at: The Museum of the City Of New York, HVW8 Gallery LA, L’Institute du Monde Arabe Paris, Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC, Paul Smith London, Tower Records Tokyo, and Blender Gallery Sydney. Janette’s photographs of Hip Hop in the 1980’s are currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York in the Hip Hop Revolution exhibition until the end of September.

Janette lives and works in New York City. She is the New York editor for the British style magazine ‘Jocks&Nerds’.

Devin Allen

Presented by TIME LightBox

Curated by Olivier Laurent, editor of TIME LightBox

Featuring: Devin Allen

“I want people to see the truth the good, the bad and the ugly,” says Baltimore-born Devin Allen, who’s coverage of the protests after the death of Freddie Gray made the cover of TIME magazine in May. “The goal is to shine light where the light has not been in a long time. I want to tell the stories of those whose stories will never be told.”

Presented by TIME LightBox, the retrospective of Devin Allen’s work looks back to the pivotal events of April 2015 and to the future of Baltimore – the kids that are growing up in a town, state and country that still needs to address deep-rooted issues of inequality.

Exhibition curated by Olivier Laurent, editor of TIME LightBox.

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Devin Allen is a 27-year-old photographer born and based in Baltimore, Maryland.


Head On Portrait Prize 2015

Presented by Head On Photo Festival

Featuring Various Artists to be announced

One of the biggest and most respected portraiture exhibitions in Australia, the Head On Portrait Prize is a major attraction of the Head On Photo Festival, one of the world’s leading photography festivals.

Since the beginning of the Prize in 2004, neither the name of the photographer nor the status of the subject played a part in the selection process. The judges look purely for images that encapsulate the personality of the sitter and invite an emotional response from the viewer.

As the judging panel changes each year and the works are anonymous at the time of selection, the resulting collection is unpredictable and diverse.

The 2015 judges were:

  • James Estrin, Photographer/Lens Blog Editor, The New York Times
  • Susan Sedgwick, Head Curator, Sydney Living Museums
  • Bronwyn Rennex, Director, Stills Gallery, Sydney
  • Moshe Rosenzveig, Director, Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival is held throughout Sydney, Australia each May and celebrates diversity in photography of all genres from across the globe.

Head On Photo Festival believes all photo artists need a fair chance to show their work. This is why work submitted to the festival is judged without the artists’ names or pedigrees so the proposals stand on their merit. Established in 2010, Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s premier photo festival and one of the world’s leading photography festivals. Held in Sydney each May, the festival celebrates a wide range of Australian and international photography across all genres from photojournalism through commercial to fine-art.

The Festival and Head On Prizes (Portrait, Landscape, Mobile Phone and Student) are innovations of the non-profit organisation Head On Foundation (est 2008). The foundation aims to promote the work of photographers at all stages of career, to encourage excellence and innovation, to make photography accessible to all and to raise awareness of important issues through photography.


Historias del Paraíso

Featuring: Dulce Pinzón

By using out-of-this-time and out-of-context elements I aim to sensitize the audience into caring for the planet and reflecting on the world that we shall leave behind to future generations. Through the conventions of staged photography I present a series of images based on the cycle of life. These images also touch on issues that affect our environment with the hope of raising questions regarding the state of the planet we inhabit.

My approach to this new series references environmental issues and concerns I had from an early age: “Although there are many problems affecting my country right now, my frustration and indignant stance toward the severe problematic that we face with environmental issues has forced me to find viable strategies in the hope of leaving a better legacy for my country and my sons: the possibility of creating a better and cleaner environment for all.”

Dulce Pinzón was born in Mexico City in 1974. She studied Mass Media Communications at the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla Mexico and Photography at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. In 1995 she moved to New York where she studied at The International Center of Photography.

Her work has been published and collected internationally. In 2001 her photos were used for the cover of a publication of Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States”. In 2002 Dulce won the prestigious Jovenes Creadores/FONCA grant in Mexico for her work. In 2006 she won an Honorific Mention in the Santa Fe project competition and she won the 12th edition of the Mexican Biennial of El Centro de La Imagen. Dulce was a 2006 fellow in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a 2007 for the Bronx Museum program Artist in the Market Place and a Ford Foundation grantee in 2008.

Dulce won The Gaea Foundation/Sea Change Residencies Award in 2010 and in 2011 the PERRIER acquisition price in Zona Maco Mexico. In 2012 she was invited to take part at the renowned photography festival ‘Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie’ in France, this participation gave her a nomination for the prestigious Prix Pictet; the same year she got a honorific mention at the 10th edition of the FEMSA biennial.

Her book “The real story of The Superheroes ” was published in 2012 in 3 languages: English, Spanish and French by Editorial RM with the support of the Cultural Co- inversion program of FONCA. Dulce is currently a recipient of Mexico’s prestigious Endowment Of the Arts SNCA/FONCA fellowship (2014-2017.)

Dulce lives and works between Mexico and New York.

EverydayClimateChange / Photographers from 6 continents documenting climate change on 7 continents.

Presented by EverydayClimateChange

Curated by James Whitlow Delano

EverydayClimateChange (@everydayclimatechange) Instagram feed photographers share photographs made on 7 continents to present visual evidence that climate change doesn’t just happen “over there” but that climate change is also happening “right here.”  Photographers come from the north, the south; the east and the west; and are as diverse as the cultures in which we were all raised. EverydayClimateChange presents the work of committed, enlightened photographers who share back stories, contextualizing not only the effects of climate change but also potential solutions to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gases on our world. The photographs peel back the visual layers and look more closely at the visual evidence.

James Whitlow Delano has lived in Asia for over 20 years.  His work has been awarded internationally: the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, PDN and others for work from China, Japan, Afghanistan and Burma, etc.  His first monograph book, Empire: Impressions from China was the first ever one-person show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art.  The Mercy Project / Inochi his charity photo book for hospice received the PX3 Gold Award and the Award of Excellence from Communication Arts.  His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents.  His latest award-winning monograph book, Black Tsunami: Japan 2011 (FotoEvidence) explored the aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear disaster.  He’s a grantee for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, for work documenting the destruction of equatorial rainforests and human rights violations of indigenous inhabitants there.  In 2015, Delano founded EverydayClimateChange Instagram feed.

The Geography of Poverty

Supported by The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, MSNBC, and The Pulitzer Center

Featuring Matt Black

The most vulnerable Americans are being crushed by the grip of poverty, from the deserts of the Southwest through the black belt in the South, to the post-industrial, rusting factory towns that dot the Midwest and Northeast.

From border to border, high-poverty rates have crippled entire communities, leaving bellies burning with hunger and hope of better days dwindling. Income inequality has widened in recent decades while upward mobility has declined. A tiny percentage of high income Americans hold the majority of the wealth in this country.

Quite plainly, the rich have grown richer and if you’re born poor here you’re likely to die poor. The slight declines in the national poverty rate have done little to allay the day-to-day plight of so many who are just scraping by, largely invisibly and along the margins.

The poverty rate for African Americans and Hispanics is particularly stark, with 27% and 23.5% respectively falling below the poverty line.

A native of rural California, Matt Black (b. 1970) grew up in a small town in the Central Valley, a vast agricultural area in the heart of the state. His work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, and the environment for two decades.

His work has been widely honored, receiving grants and awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the California Arts Council, Pictures of the Year International, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, the Sunday Magazine Editors Association and others. His work has also been named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has received a Golden Eye award from the World Press Photo Foundation. He lives in Exeter, California, a small town in the Central Valley.

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