The Return of the New York Photo Festival

Last year, Daniel Power (powerHouse Books) and Frank Evers (VII Photo Agency) showed the world how to launch an international arts event. The inaugural New York Photo Festival, held last May in Brooklyn, attracted thousands of visitors, miles of press coverage, and more than 3,000 submissions from 87 countries for the New York Photo Awards. Now they’re gearing up for round two, which will take place from May 13 through 17 in Brooklyn’s DUMBO.
Curating exhibitions at NYPH ’09 are William A. Ewing (director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland), Chris Boot (editor and photobook publisher), Jody Quon (photography director at New York), and Jon Levy (director of London-based photo agency Foto8), who were selected “for their decisive and innovative approaches to curating, editing, sequencing, and showcasing the varied work of the medium in ways that continually surprise and inspire those of us in the photography industry and the creative cultural public at large,” say Evers and Power, the festival’s founders and co-chairmen.

In addition to the curated pavilions, the festival will include seminars, slide shows, book signings, photographic workshops, live performances, a gallery row, “and lots and lots of parties,” adds Evers. New to this year’s festival is a review pavilion, where aspiring and established photographers can attend workshops and have their work reviewed in portfolio sessions. Speaking of aspiring and established photographers, the second New York Photo Awards is now accepting submissions in 14 award categories. You’ve got until May 1 to enter. Need inspiration? Check out the below mini-documentary by the Snorri Brothers in collaboration with director David Weinstock.