Currently serving as Creative Director of United Photo Industries, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become among the largest and best-attended photography events in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, in Tokyo, Japan.
A native of Greece, Sam started his career as a photojournalist focusing on the former Soviet republics of Central Asian before joining the staff of the celebrated photo agency VII Photo in Paris, France.
Sam holds a Master in PhotoJournalism from the University of Westminster (UK) where his studies focused on curatorial and photo-editing practices. Over the past decade, he has worked alongside some of the best and brightest minds in the global photographic community in pursuit of developing new audiences for photography and devising methods of presentation that further amplify the power of photographic story-telling in support of increased public awareness and social change.
He currently serves as nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability and has served as juror, nominator, and reviewer for Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Times Portfolio Reviews, the Google Photography Prize, the SilverEye Fellowship, the FotoVisura Grant, and numerous others. He regularly lectures worldwide on current trends in contemporary photography.
DAVE SHELLEY (Detroit, Michigan) is the Creative Producer for United Photo Industries. He is also the co-creator of Photoville along with his partners, Sam, Laura and Gilbert!
Dave works also in all areas of the arts & entertainment industry as a Producer, Production and Theater Manager. Events include, Stadium shows with The Rolling Stones, Films with Matthew Barney, Events at the Super Bowl, Tribeca Film Festival, and as tour manager for Professor Stephen Hawking. Dave is also a long time associate member of The Wooster Group Theater Company; additionally he has also produced numerous short films and multi – media projects.
Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia – where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts – Laura Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse where she was the General Manager for several years, producing and presenting large scale international theatre, music and art events.
Over the past several years, Laura has worked as the Senior Producer of Creative Time and recently has been a Producer & the Operations Director for the World Science Festival where she will be traveling in March 2016 to produce the World Science Festival in Brisbane, Australia.
Laura also continues to consult, manage, and produce numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City, including highlights such as producing Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project and VICE Media in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and a subsequent tour to the Sydney Opera House. Laura also recently produced the Opening Ceremony Spring Fashion Show play written by Spike Jonze & Jonah Hill and Directed by Jonze at The Metropolitan Opera and Bryce Dessner’s & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Black Mountain Songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) which premiered in November 2014 and toured in 2015. Laura continues to act as a theatrical consultant to Spike Jonze and Karen O.
Jasmin is the outreach and programming manager at UPI (and also Gilbert’s official babysitter.) She organizes lectures, events and programs at Photoville and throughout the year. She also translates all our exciting UPI projects into words so we can share them with the world. Additionally, she works with several photographers (based in LA, NYC and abroad) to produce and distribute their work.
Viktor holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem, Israel and an MFA with honors from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He serves on the faculty of the MFA Illustration and BFA Graphic Design departments at SVA.
Todd is United Photo Industries’ project manager, Bob the builder and all around jack of all trades. From raising a photo village, to rigging gallery storage, to remodeling a home – UPI asks “Can he build it?” and we know “Yes, he can!”
Nathan Bett is an artist and beer drinker from the sandy shores of Lake Superior. When not hustling in the streets as a freelance photographer in Brooklyn, he enjoys long walks on the beach with his best girl and a couple of tallboys.
Originally from Metro Detroit, Laura moved to NYC to attend school and has lived in the city for over 10 years. In that time she has made a living working in the theater world and has also been fortunate enough to work on such events as the Tribeca Film Festival, Maker Faire and the World…
Skyler Reid is Photoville’s Evening Programming Producer. In the real world, Skyler works as a freelance photographer and journalist covering anything out of the ordinary: water wars in California, the gay rodeo in Ohio, satanic crime in South Africa.
Krystal Grow is a journalist, photo editor, and producer from Providence, Rhode Island, where she ran a public access photography program at the arts non-profit AS220. She organizes workshops for Photoville and provides word-smithing services for United Photo Industries and the DOC NYC and Stranger than Fiction film festivals. She has written for TIME LightBox, the New York Times LENS blog, The Photo Collector and Vocative.com and is always on the hunt for a good story, a great photo and a new project to help organize and execute.
Alexis is a fine art photographer and event planner who puts the art in party. She flexes her organizational muscles designing photo shoots, gallery shows and wine events. UPI and Photoville provide a home base in which she can coordinate and help make things happen.
Aislinn Curry is excited to join the PHOTOVILLE team for 2015. Her previous work focuses on performance and live events as a Brooklyn-based freelance PSM and PM devoted to new and ambitious work across disciplines.
Majda is a freelance web-developer and tech enthusiast based in Brooklyn. Born and raised in Serbia, she spent a decade organizing for social justice and using new technologies for greater good, before switching continents in 2011.
While websites are her main ‘obsession’, Majda thoroughly enjoys events-industry life and exploring hiking trails with her pup Hank.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Kisha is currently a Brooklyn based photographer. Her work has been published in an array of outlets, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Esquire and GQ. After gaining recognition as a music photographer, she has now expanded her photographic focus to social issues with the aim of creating imagery that inspires emotional, social and political impact.
Joan is a graphic designer based in New York City, and currently in her final year of pursuing a BFA in Communication Design at Parsons the New School for Design. She has had the pleasure of working for a variety of companies, ranging from advertising to exhibition design firms. She now finds herself at UPI, where she assists with graphic work for both small and large-scale curatorial projects.
André Feliciano is an Art Gardener who cultivates, among other things, a specific photographic culture. His work has been exhibited widely, including São Paulo Modern Museum, the Bonni Benrubi Gallery (New York), and Photoville 2012. He is currently pursuing a masters degree at São Paulo University.
This is Gilbert, our senior vice president of security operations, and he is very thorough. He is a maltese-pekingese-poodle mix. He loves to lay in the sun and bark at incoming guests.