Photoville Adds New Venues, Vistas and Vision

The container village is gone. Photoville, the pop-up fall festival that turns the waterfront under the Brooklyn Bridge into a friendly encampment for photography buffs and the general public, has dispensed in its ninth year, for coronavirus reasons, with its architectural signature, converted shipping containers.

This year’s edition, optimized for social distancing, takes place across five boroughs. All 60-plus exhibitions, with some 300 artists, are presented as high-quality digital prints on weatherproof banners. The bulk are in the usual area, in Dumbo, and on the nearby streets and piers of Brooklyn Bridge Park, but there are also satellite presentations throughout the boroughs of projects whose photographers and subjects have local connections. This new initiative is laudable but frustrating, as most of the remote sites (stretching from Soundview Park in the Bronx to South Beach Promenade on Staten Island) show only one project. So some excellent work feels marooned far from the main exhibition.

There is time to explore it all, however, as the festival will stay up longer than usual, until Nov. 29; a busy program of online events runs through Oct. 10.

Photoville is always a joyous jumble, embracing conceptual and narrative projects along with photojournalism. These are non-selling exhibits presented by the Photoville nonprofit itself and by numerous foundations, city agencies and educational, corporate and media partners (including The New York Times). This year’s presentation is a strong vintage: While meeting the many urgencies of this moment of acute, overlapping crises, it also opens up, in relevant ways, to wider views.

But most people have been saturated for months with pandemic images, including their own experiences — and, for many, their losses — and Photoville wisely does not seek to overwhelm further. Most of the artists’ projects on view were not rapid-response work but have matured over years. The topics they raise, from war and environmental degradation to the dignity of all people and their entitlement to joy, are a reminder of photography’s power not just to document a crisis but also to imagine better lives through perspective and poetry.

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