Increasing Diversity at Photoville

Photoville displayed up-and-coming photographers from around the world.

It seems that photo festivals are becoming more and more ubiquitous, and that’s something to make you happy that you’re alive in the year 2017! Hands down, the most friendly photo fest in the world is Photoville in New York City. What’s not to love about a photo show that’s under the Brooklyn Bridge, housed in multiple four-ton steel shipping containers, and features work of lesser known photographers exhibited next to photo giants?!

Increasing Diversity at Photoville
© Alexia Foundation

This is a festival that takes the pretension out of the photo-art-gallery world and puts photography on the streets, for all to experience. It’s estimated that nearly 100,000 people visit Photoville in two weekends.

Increasing Diversity at Photoville
© Amr Alfiky
Increasing Diversity at Photoville
© Emily Macinnes

This year, The New York Times Lens blog and The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism hosted a special section that showcased up-and-coming photographers from Africa, Latin America, the USA, and Asia. The photographers were chosen based on their entries to the New York Portfolio Review.

The New York Times says, “The free New York Portfolio Review was created in 2013 to spur opportunities for outstanding photographers from around the world, regardless of class, race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation.

The photographers exhibited in the emergicubes hail from Ethiopia, Kenya, Singapore, Venezuela, Columbia, Nigeria, Mexico, Egypt, Scotland, Colorado and New York. Photo competitions and portfolio reviews are proving to be increasingly worthwhile, especially considering prizes such as platforms at Photoville. 

Increasing Diversity at Photoville
© Cinthya Santos Briones

Congratulations to the winning photographers:

Amr Alfiky: “Psychology of Hatred”

Kirsten Leah Bitzer: “Jason & Rachel”

Cinthya Santos Briones: “Abuelas: Portraits of the Invisible Grandmothers”

Adriana Loureiro Fernandez: “Paradise Lost”

Emily Macinnes: “The New Scots”

Andres Millan: “The New Gold”

Eloghosa Osunde: “And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth”

Charmaine Poh: “Room”

Aron Simeneh: “The Patriots Story”

Biko Wesa: “The Smallest Library in Africa”

Austin Willis: “A Beautiful Abstraction”


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