Last Friday, Photoville 2013 opened at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. With the Manhattan skyline rising behind you, the East River shining in the afternoon sun and a village of shipping containers assembled for the event, the scene is captivating enough for a prime picture in and of itself. Occupying over thirty shipping containers, this exhibition features an impressive array of artists both local and international, well established and newly emerging. The works on display cover the ever-widening array of photographic genres: documentary, fine art, digital, film, nature, portraiture, nudes, fashion and everything in between. Stepping into each container truly feels like you are momentarily shipped off to a different land, from Africa’s Gambia River in RIVER GAMBIA: A 1044KM AFRICAN ODYSSEY to the streets and backyards of rural America in the Salt Institute’s STORIES AND IMAGES OF MAINE. You can step into a camera obscura in the Fototeca’s installation and glimpse the life of a rockstar in Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner’s 501 PHOTOGRAPHS. Particularly impressive was the outstanding presentations by Dutch photographers, particularly FotoFestival Naarden’s DON’T STAY HERE which featured exquisite portraits of everyone from the youths of Berlin to subway drivers in New York. With exhibitions, installations, workshops, presentations and talks, for all us photo-nerds out there, this event is truly not to be missed. Photoville

Running until Sunday September 29th

Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Review and photographs by Oscar Lopez

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