Event: Print Swap

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM

Special Guests: Gowanus Darkroom, BKC, and Brooklyn Grain


A free, RSVP event for photographers who want to show, share, and swap their work! Guests will be asked to bring at least (2) and up to (5) prints that they would be willing to trade with other artists in an effort to learn about new work, get feedback on their prints and projects, and network with their peers. This is a fun, free, and low-stakes swap that mirrors Photoville’s mission to build community among photographers through affordable, accessible public events and art-happenings.

All Print Swap participants will also be automatically entered to win raffle prizes, generously donated by local studios spaces and community darkrooms. Prizes can either be accepted by the winner, or, at their discretion, entered back into the swap and traded for other prints or prizes.

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Early signups encouraged, early cancellations (48 hours before event) requested, as we will release remaining tickets or cancelled reservations 24 hours before event

b-card_WEB Gowanus Darkroom is a community oriented group darkroom located in Gowanus Brooklyn. We provide photographers with the necessary space and equipment required to produce traditional darkroom photographs. Additionally, we provide studio and gallery space and hold classes and workshops. Our goal is to help preserve a diminishing artform and provide an affordable service for others to practice and learn about pre-digital photographic processes.

BKC_newlogo_WEB BKC is a photo, video and creative education center established in 2011 and located in the heart of Dumbo, Brooklyn. We’re founded upon the idea of learning by doing, whether it’s hands-on classes in studio lighting, rediscovering the analog darkroom, unleashing the potential of Lightroom or just how to use your DSLR, our smart and simple approach and awesome teachers help students learn something new, build on their creativity, and expand their goals.

BrooklynGrainLogo_Black_300dpi_WEB Brooklyn Grain is the photography studio of photographers Ebru Yildiz and Mitchell King, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Available for daily rental, Brooklyn Grain is a dedicated, comfortable, and affordable studio with the features that we look for in a shooting space. Ideal for editorial, portraiture, beauty, fashion, and still-life, the space is perfectly suited to meet the needs of those smaller productions that do not require the size of larger, more expensive studios. We believe that productions with modest needs and budgets should not be required to sacrifice quality. We set out to create a space that provides practical efficiency in a welcoming environment at a reasonable rate. For studio rental inquiries or interest in working with us on your next project please say hello at [email protected]

Staying Relevant and Working in Photography Today

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 4:45PM-5:45PM

Featuring: James Wellford (Moderator), Katja Heinemann, Amanda Jasnowski, Stephen Mayes, Amy Wolff

How do freelance photographers continue to make a living in the industry? What conscious professional and business choices did they make and why? What models and approaches are antiquated? How do independent photographers continue to explore relevant topics in unique, innovative formats? When and how does an editorial photographer move successfully into fine art or commercial work? In a frank discussion among photographers, editors and industry professionals, we will explore these ideas and many more.

KHeinemann2013Katja Heinemann is a Brooklyn-based German photojournalist and documentary photographer who regularly produces multi-media features, photo essays and portraiture for editorial, commercial and institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. She is represented by Novus Select photo agency in New York City, and laif Agentur für Photos und Reportagen in Germany.

Katja’s personal work focuses on topics such as illness and stigma, youth culture and immigration. Her new media documentaries on HIV/AIDS, On Borrowed Time, about the lives of children and teenagers in the U.S., and The Graying of AIDS on the global aging of the pandemic, illustrate how a personal body of work can grow from an editorial concept into an advocacy and educational tool, utilizing various platforms and media to have maximum impact in reaching diverse audiences. She is currently working on a new long-term body of work chronicling the aftermath of the 1993 Golden Venture human smuggling ship disaster.

AUGUST82015-_WEBSpanish born Ohio raised, Amanda Jasnowski is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She works primarily with photography but her practice extends into other mediums such as sculpture and video. She has exhibited work in New York, London and Los Angeles.

unnamed_WEB Stephen Mayes is a strategist working with institutions and individuals to develop effective visual communications in a fast changing media environment. With broad experience at top levels of the photographic industry my practice embraces all aspects of creative management including project design, execution, distribution strategies and business structures. My perspective is informed by a rich mix of experience in the fields of photojournalism, fashion, commercial and art photography.

aw-mf-bio-picAmy Wolff’s career in photography was a slow burn – photographing bands that paid her in beer and concert tickets and weddings that burned her out. After a few years working as a staff photographer at the Presidio of San Francisco, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in photo editing. Amy recently resigned from her position as Photo Editor at Photo District News to give CoEdit Collection, an online photo gallery, her full attention. She is a frequent (and honest) portfolio reviewer and judge for photography contests.

James Wellford was a senior photo editor at Newsweek magazine. He has collaborated on a number of award-winning projects recognized by World Press Photo, the Overseas Press Club, and at the Visa Pour L’Image. Additionally, he has curated a number of exhibitions including Projections of Reality (Moscow), Darkness Visible, Afghanistan by Seamus Murphy (VII Gallery, New York City), and is a co-founder of the group SeenUnseen, a series of programs that explores in-depth visual stories addressing controversial political issues. Wellford teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Drop In: The Art & Science of Pinhole Cameras

Location: Activity Tent

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 3:00PM-6:00PM

Featuring: Alexis Lambrou and Stefan Killen

A hands on photography workshop where participants can experience the low-fi magic of pinhole photography! This three-station setup will give kids (and their parents) to learn the basics of photography, pose for a fun pinhole portrait, and will go home with their very own analog pinhole print!

IMG_9903 Alexis Lambrou is a Brooklyn based photographer and teaching artist. She is excited to be a part of the Photoville pinhole team for the third year in a row!

Stefan Killen_WEB01Stefan Killen has been taking pinhole photographs of the New York metropolitan area for close to 25 years. Using cameras designed to hold 120 mm film, Stefan has photographed Times Square, Central Park, Coney Island, Green-Wood Cemetery, subways, ferries, parades, the waterfront, and more. His work has been exhibited at the Alan Klotz Gallery in New York and in shows juried by gallery owners Larry Gagosian and Molly Barnes, and is in private collections throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. His work was included in the award-winning book “Out of Focus: Pinhole Cameras and Pinhole Photographs” (Niggli, 2012), and in 2009 was featured in United Airlines’ in-flight magazine Hemispheres. His website has been picked up by such blogs as Lomography.com, OpeningCeremony.us, DossierJournal.com, GetAddictedTo.com, and Subtraction.com, and he is currently working on several books of his pinhole photography. Stefan grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied drawing and painting.

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Photoville Walking Tour with James Wellford

Location: Meet at the Entrance of Photoville

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 3:00PM-4:00PM

Featuring: James Wellford

Did you ever wish there was some photo-world superstar who would walk you around Photoville and show you their favorite work? Well this year, we’ve invited some of the most interesting and engaging folks in photography to lead the first ever Photoville Guided Tours! Our expert guides have curated a selection of exhibitions informed by their skills and interests, and will be sharing their personal perspectives with YOU! This is a rare opportunity to take a curated tour of Photoville, and learn about new work from leading thinkers and tastemakers in the worlds of Fine Art, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography, Photo Editing and Curation, and see some of the best work Photoville has to offer.

James Wellford is an independent photo editor and consultant living in Brooklyn, NY.

PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: September 13th

Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM

Featuring: Holly Hughes (Moderator), Anna Beeke, Sara Macel, and Ryan Lowry

Presented by: PDN

Photographers featured in PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to watch will explain how they got their work seen and noticed, and offer advice for sharing, promoting and getting support for their personal projects.

Related Exhibition:
PDN’s 30 2015: Our Choice of New and Emerging Photographers to Watch

Anna Beeke
was a student looking for a photo project when she decided to explore the San Juan Islands in Washington, after her parents mentioned she’d been conceived there. “The images that resonated the most with me were in the forest,” she says. She began photographing woodlands around the country. Aware of the importance of forests in myth, Beeke felt her artistic exploration followed the arc of a journey into the unknown, “and then eventually you come out of the forest and you have this better sense of yourself, or sense of the world.” Shelving her strict documentary education, Beeke included herself in the photos, encouraged by photographer Elinor Carucci, one of her teachers at the International Center of Photography.

To fund the “Sylvania” series, Beeke applied for a small grant from Daylight Books. She didn’t win the grant, but Daylight decided to publish a book of the work anyway. The Kickstarter campaign Beeke launched last fall to fund the book’s production raised more than $29,000, boosted by a feature on The New York Times Lens blog.

Beeke says applying for grants, scholarships and juried exhibitions has helped fund “Sylvania,” and her new project on the culture aboard cruise ships. The rest of her funding “comes from my own shallow pockets.” Beeke shoots weddings, takes commercial assignments and works part-time in a restaurant. “[I] am forever broke, because all of my spare money goes into shooting trips or gear.”


HollySHughes_HEADSHOT_WEB01Holly Stuart Hughes is the editor-in-chief of Photo District News and PDNOnline.com, publications for professional photographers. During her tenure at PDN, the magazine has earned 6 Neal Awards from American Business Press for editorial excellence, a Focus Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography, and a citation from National Press Photographers Association for service to photojournalism. Each year the editors of PDN select 30 new and emerging photographers, the special PDN’s 30 issue. In 2015, PDN’s editors curated “Emerging,” an exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles that looks at recent trends in photography through the work of more than 90 photographers selected for PDN’s 30 within the last seven years.


Sara Macel‘s work occupies a niche at the intersection of photography, storytelling and memory. Her breakout success with “May the Road Rise to Meet You,” about her father’s work as a salesman, firmly established her style of “using photography to explore memory and how stories can change over time.” The series emerged from a larger project, her ongoing series “Rodeo Texas,” in which she explores “where I came from and the clichés of Texas, mixed with identifying as a Texan.”

After graduation, Macel spent two years as Bruce Davidson’s studio manager before returning to Texas. When she moved back to New York to work as a producer for the agency Art Department, she continued the “Rodeo Texas” series on vacations to Texas, but with no end date in mind. Seeking more structure, Macel enrolled in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program. Macel is now teaching and freelancing for editorial and media clients. Last year, she scored her first ad job for M&C Saatchi client Societe Generale, a “complete dream job,” she says, documenting the international bank in her own style. Her biggest challenge now is managing her time as she balances teaching and creating. “That kind of juggling, when it’s all to benefit my career, is such a joy,” she says. “It’s nice to work hard when it’s for yourself.”


Whether He’s shooting for TIME amidst the intense heat inside an Indiana steel mill or documenting a day in the life of a young rapper, Ryan Lowry‘s intuition helps him find pictures. “I like being in the world and observing and reacting to how I personally feel in a situation,“ he says, “and then figuring out how to make that into an interesting photo.” After graduating from Columbia College, Lowry landed an assignment for the Chicago Reader through a friend. His portrait of a punk musician led to a Reader cover assignment to photograph a group of Chicago rappers. Other rap music work followed, most consistently from The FADER. Lowry has a section of his website devoted to his rap photographs, because he believes it shows “my ability to be thrown into a situation and make something out of it.” To drum up assignments, Lowry emails clients, often with an edit of photographs he thinks will appeal to their interests. He says working in Chicago’s less-saturated market has benefitted his nascent career, and he also isn’t shy about telling clients he has a car and is happy to drive for assignments. But more and more, people call him because they feel he’s right for a job, not because of his location. Lowry feels that “getting more assignments that fit me better personally” is the next step in his career.


PDN Logo with title Photo District News magazine is the trusted source of news, inspiration, photography tips, and useful business information for the professional photographer. Our award-winning news reporting on copyright infringements, intellectual property issues, artists’ rights, photo manipulation, legal and legislative developments, and the changing photo market, provide professional photographers the in-depth information they need to succeed in the competitive photography industry. Through feature articles and interviews with photographers, both established professionals and emerging talent, PDNOnline provides its readers insights into photography techniques, successful business strategies, the latest ideas in branding and marketing, and new platforms for publishing and sharing images. PDNOnline profiles clients who use photography creatively to gain insights into the changing market for photography in every genre: fine art, fashion photography, wedding photography, documentary photojournalism, portraiture, and advertising. Updated daily, PDNOnline’s Gear coverage includes news on the latest photo equipment, both digital and analog, and unbiased, hands-on reviews of cameras, lenses, photo software programs, lighting equipment, photo printers, video equipment and more. Online photo galleries showcase work by leading photographers and the winners of PDN’s photo contests.

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Photography and the Battle for Global LGBT Rights

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 2:15PM-3:15PM

Featuring: Michael Heflin (Moderator), Misha Friedman, Jeff Sheng, Daniella Zalcman

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

While the hard won battle for gay rights reached new milestones in the United States this year, local and global LGBT communities still fight against prejudice and violent backlashes at work and at home. Join the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for this panel convening photographers who are documenting LGBT communities in Russia, Uganda and North America.

Related Exhibitions:
Misha Friedman – The Iron Closet
Jeff Sheng – FEARLESS: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes

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Join us for a reception hosted by the Pulitzer Center with free food and drink at the beer garden immediately after the panel to continue the conversation.

mf bw_WEB01Misha Friedman was born in Moldova in 1977, and graduated with degrees from Binghamton University and London School of Economics, where he studied economics and international relations. He worked in corporate finance and later in humanitarian medical aid while teaching himself photography. Friedman’s analytical approach to storytelling involves trying to look beyond the facts, searching for causes, and asking complex and difficult questions. Sometimes he succeeds.

Friedman regularly collaborates with leading international media and non-profit organizations, including the New Yorker, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Amnesty International, and Doctors Without Borders. His widely-exhibited work has received numerous industry awards, including multiple grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Friedman lives in New York City.

Michael Heflin is the director of equality for the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. Previously, Heflin was managing director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA, as well as deputy director of its Midwest regional office in Chicago. He is the founding director of Amnesty’s first LGBT rights program, and worked at Amnesty’s international secretariat in London, where he directed the International Mobilization Program, an effort to grow the organization’s membership and activism internationally.

Heflin holds a law degree with a focus on international human rights law from the University of Cincinnati, where he was a fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights and served as editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Heflin received his BA in political science from Adrian College.

Jeff Sheng is an American artist whose photographic work over the last decade has focused on the 21st century LGBT rights movement. His photographs have been featured in international publications, including The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. Since 2006, his photo series Fearless, which this book is based on, has been exhibited at over 70 different venues, including the headquarters of Nike and ESPN, as well as select locations at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics. His other well known series, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (2009-2011), about closeted United States military service members, was profiled in 2010 by the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, and CNN.

2015-07-07 20.28.22-1_WEBDaniella Zalcman is an award-winning photojournalist based in London and New York. Her work, which largely focuses on the legacies of western colonialism, has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, and the BBC, among others. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture.

pulitzer-center The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center supports journalists to cover under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences, including education programs to reach students of all ages.

When Joseph Pulitzer III became editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a half century ago, he said, “Not only will we report the day’s news, but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times.” In keeping with its deep ties to the Pulitzer family’s legacy of journalistic independence, integrity, and courage, that same mission and deep sense of responsibility drives the Pulitzer Center, in times just as troubled.

Drop In: Cyanotypes

Location: Penumbra Tent

Date: Saturday, September 12th

Time: 2:00PM-4:00PM

Presented by: The Penumbra Foundation

The Penumbra Foundation will offer an introduction workshop to the Cyanotype Process. Participants of the workshop will be given a piece of paper pre-coated with the Cyanotype synthesizer on which they will place small objects (also supplied) before putting this assembly in sunlight. After the exposure, the paper will then be developed in a tray of tap water. This workshop is especially designed to introduce children to the Cyanotype Process; however, adults are certainly welcome to participate. Materials are provided, though small, transparent and/or translucent objects may be brought to the workshop as well as black and white negatives up to 4″ x 5″.

PenCAP-LogoThe Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit photographic arts organization whose mission is to bring workshops and greater education, lectures, and events to a diverse and evolving international photographic community. Our scope spans photography from its 19th century invention to the present age.

Reporting Inside the Great Firewall: Photographers on Covering China

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Featuring: David Barreda (Moderator), Muyi Xiao, and Michael Yamashita

Presented By: ChinaFile

Many photojournalists rely on the basic protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press to move freely, to access their subjects, and to bring their images to the public. But what is it like to photograph and report in the People’s Republic, where censorship is the norm and journalists often face more restrictions than regular citizens? How do journalists and the organizations who support them navigate this system in order to continue sharing complex, comprehensive stories from within China?

Michael Yamashita, who has been photographing for National Geographic for over 30 years; Muyi Xiao, a former staff photographer for China’s news site Tencent; and David Barreda, Visuals Editor for ChinaFile will share their insights from reporting in China. The panel will be moderated by The Economist’s Gady Epstein, who has been reporting on China since 2002.

Related Exhibition
Yuyang Liu and Souvid Datta – Documentary China

david-barreda_0_WEB03David Barreda is the Visuals Editor for ChinaFile. Barreda worked as a staff photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News, the Rocky Mountain News, and the Miami Herald. He holds a Masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and studied Geography and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photographer Michael Yamashita Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his area of specialty. Yamashita is known for epic stories that retrace the paths of famous travelers, like Marco Polo, the Japanese poet Basho, and the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

Yamashita has received numerous industry awards: including Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the New York Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association. He has had numerous exhibitions throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

Yamashita has published ten books: Shangri-La [along the tea road to Lhasa], The Great Wall From Beginning to End; New York: Flying High; Zheng He — Tracing the Epic Voyages of China’s Greatest Explorer; Japan — The Soul of a Nation; Marco Polo — A Photographer’s Journey; Mekong — A Journey on the Mother of Waters; In the Japanese Garden; A Pictorial Tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Lakes, Peaks and Prairies: Discovering the U.S. Canadian Border.

While not traveling, Michael Yamashita lives with his family in rural New Jersey, where he maintains a studio and is an active volunteer fireman.

Muyi-Xiao_WEB01 While based in Beijing Muyi Xiao works as a photojournalist for Tencent, the biggest online media outlet in China. She covered the missing flight MH370, the Sinopec oil pipeline blast, a cult religion called ‘Mighty God’, among many other stories. She also worked and continues to work on long term documentary stories and multimedia projects covering topics like child brides in the Yunnan Province. Now, working as a fulltime freelancer she is focusing her efforts to become an independent storyteller.

Born in Wuhan, China, Xiao is a freelance photojournalist and storyteller. In 2015 she received a Magnum Foundation Human Rights Fellowship, which allowed her to join six other fellows from Haiti, Syria, Ukraine, South Africa, Palestine, and the Philippines to study at NYU’s Tisch school for the Arts over the summer. Xiao will continue her photographic education this fall at the International Center of Photography’s New Media Narratives program.

ChinaFile-Logo-Large ChinaFile is an online magazine published by the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, dedicated to promoting an informed, nuanced, and vibrant public conversation about China, in the U.S. and around the world.

Workshop: How to Make a Camera out of Anything

Location: Activity Tent

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 12:00PM-2:00PM

Featuring: Liz Sales

Presented by: International Center of Photography

In this fun, hands-on workshop, each participant will make a working camera from one of several objects provided and explore the creative possibilities of low-tech photography.

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LizSales_WEB Liz Sales is an artist, art-writer, and educator. She is a Contributing Editor at Conveyor Magazine and a Faculty and Staff member at the International Center of Photography. She lives and works in a camera obscura, in Brooklyn, New York.

ICPLogo1 The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational facilities and archive.

Workshop: Live from Brooklyn – Street Photography Workshop

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Sunday, September 13th

Time: 12:00PM-2:30PM

Featuring: Stephanie Keith

The streets of New York City present endless opportunities for the alert and engaged photographer to capture incredible scenes. But how do you find a great shot on the fly? How do you approach a real-life scenario with a photographic intent? In this workshop, our instructors will lead participants on a guided tour of Downtown Brooklyn/DUMBO in search of street scenes and cityscapes, and will offer insights on how to capture real life in still frames. After 1-1.5 hours of on-location shooting, there will be an optional wrap up / open critique session where participants can share their best shots with the rest of the group and gain feedback from the instructors.

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IMG_4893_WEB Stephanie Keith is a freelance news photographer for Reuters, the NY Daily News and Getty Images. In 2012, the Newswomen’s Club of NY named her Reporter of the Year. In 2010, the Caribbean Studies Press published her long term project about Haitian Vodou in Brooklyn as a book, “Vodou Brooklyn”. In her spare time, she is an insatiable street photographer.