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A Photography Festival is Turning Brooklyn Bridge Plaza Into an Art-Village

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A Photography Festival is Turning Brooklyn Bridge Plaza Into an Art-Village

A FREE photography festival with over 75 exhibitions, outdoor projections, and workshops for all levels of photographer, is landing under the Brooklyn Bridge with Barack Obama’s chief photographer in attendance.

Whether you’re an Instagram hero or a bonafide photographer we have dates you should be marking on your calendar. From September 13th to the 24th at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza to be precise.

Photoville is an immersive photography village (yes, village) that takes over the span beneath Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. Why a village? Photoville, now in its sixth year, repurposes over fifty-five shipping containers and turns them into galleries.

What can you expect from this year’s festival? Here’s what they say on their site:

The 2017 festival will present […] numerous hands-on workshops, an education day for New York City middle and high-school students (proudly supported by the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment), three full days of panel discussions and talks presented next door at St. Ann’s Warehouse, tents with family-friendly photo activities, photo publishers, gear demonstrations, a community photo book store run by Red Hook Editions, tintype portraits by the Penumbra Foundation…

With over 75 exhibitions for photophiles to marvel at and all the workshops mentioned above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it would cost a pretty penny to attend, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Like years past the event is completely free and open to the public.

There will even be a beer garden with a range of food vendors from Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Brewery beers.

One event in the festival lineup causing a lot of buzz is on the 16th at St. Ann’s Warehouse. There the former Chief Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan and President Barack Obama, Pete Souza will be on a panel with Michael Shaw. Shaw is the publisher of the nonprofit organization, Reading the Pictures. The event will focus on 8-10 of Souza’s photographs and discuss how each of them captured a particular aspect of the Obama presidency.

You can find the full lineup at Photoville’s website.