To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Annenberg Space for Photography – the premier destination for photography in Los Angeles – is hosting Photoville LA, a huge outdoor extravaganza with more than 55 exhibits showcasing world-class photography, plus video projections, workshops, nighttime discussions and family-friendly activities. Photoville is the brainchild of United Photo Industries (UPI), co-founded by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos in Brooklyn, where the Photoville festival has hosted thousands of photographers and photography fans for nine days every fall for the last eight years.
Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA will run for two weekends: April 26-28 and May 2-5, 2019.
As they've done with Photoville's original location in picturesque Brooklyn Bridge Park, the UPI team will transform Century Park (adjacent to the Photo Space in Century City) into an immersive photography village, including multiple galleries made from repurposed shipping containers, photo cubes, and photographic banner installations.
Photoville LA's exhibits will focus on the power of visual storytelling, showcasing images from across California, the country, and around the world. The festival gives photographers and photographic organizations the unparalleled opportunity for thousands of people – from the general public to industry professionals – to discover their work. It will also give Southern Californians a spectacular place to see, listen, and learn about photography. The festival also offers plenty of opportunities to eat and drink in the beautiful backyard of the Annenberg Space for Photography – where visitors will find Photoville LA's famous community beer garden. Smorgasburg LA, known for its craft and unique style, will bring over 20 local food vendors to Century Park for the very first time on Saturday, April 27, and will feature a limited number of vendors on other days.
Working with more than 60 programming partners, Annenberg Space for Photography Presents Photoville LA will feature groundbreaking work by more than 200 visual artists – including a retrospective of the work of internationally-renowned war photojournalist Lynsey Addario, acclaimed Mexican-American photographer Estevan Oriol's lowriders, and for the first time in Los Angeles, East Side Stories, by photographer/social commentator Joseph Rodriguez.
Additional exhibits include California Sunday Magazine's At Home: In the American West; the Los Angeles Times' Photography Department's California Calamities; For Freedoms artists David O. Alekhuogie, Muna Malik, Fumi Ishino, and Cassils, Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles Center for Photography, and the premiere of Brian L. Franks' Forced Displacement Across California.
In addition, the festival will offer exhibits featuring The New York Times, United Nations OCHA, Two Bit Circus, and nighttime programs featuring National Geographic, ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, among others. There will also be demonstrations and workshops by Leica Camera and Adobe Creative, plus an education day for hundreds of Los Angeles middle- and high-school students, panel discussions and talks, family-friendly photo activities, and curated tours.
"I'm thrilled to kick off the Annenberg Space for Photography's 10th anniversary with Photoville LA," said Annenberg Foundation Chairman, President, and CEO Wallis Annenberg. "When we opened our doors in Century City a decade ago, it was my hope that this would become the premier venue for photography in Los Angeles. And so it has. This is the place where world-class photographers and photography fans alike can gather and share their love for what is my own favorite art form. And now Photoville LA is the perfect expression of our goal: bringing people together to celebrate this art that is for everyone."
In fact, immersion and interactivity are at the heart of Photoville's success and popularity, and have made it the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most-attended photographic events nationwide. Photoville NY welcomes more than 90,000 visitors over the course of its run each year, providing participating photographers with an unparalleled opportunity to have their work seen. No other museum, gallery, or festival presents work by such a wide range of photographic artists and photojournalists to so many people in so little time – for free.
"United Photo Industries is proud to bring the wondrous photo spirit and the extraordinary partners we have cultivated over the last eight years to the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles," said Laura Roumanos, co-founder of UPI. "We are excited to celebrate their 10th anniversary, to celebrate the photo community of Los Angeles, and to be able to introduce talented artists from around the globe. This is a unique opportunity for us to discover a whole new group of local photographers, while also making these powerful visual stories from a diverse group of artists and organizations accessible to all Angelenos."
UPI and the Annenberg Space for Photography will announce additional programming and partners as Photoville LA approaches.
For more information, visit www.photoville.la
The 55 exhibitions presented in shipping containers, outdoor photo cubes, banners, and interactive installations will include:
The Photoville LA evening programming consists of a series of multimedia events in the community beer garden that showcase traditional documentary storytelling, as well as eclectic performances, created in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, ESPN, National Geographic, and CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop, currently on view at Annenberg Space for Photography.
Remaining true to the ethos of Photoville, a host of panel discussions and hands-on workshops on a wide variety of topics will be provided free of charge with a refundable deposit for those who attend. Photoville LA's free talks will feature some of the most innovative work and pressing issues in photography today from the Committee to Protect Journalists, The New York Times, For Freedoms, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Adobe, Leica, Joseph Rodriguez, and many more. The full programming and artist lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
Photoville's Interactive Workshops and Activities will provide practical, skills-based instruction in some of photography's most sought-after markets, led by some of the most talented working photographers in the industry. Workshop highlights include an exclusive family and youth workshop with Janette Beckman and Cey Adams based on their celebrated Mash Up Series; a hands-on Dance and Costume Photography workshop with celebrated photographers Mimi Haddon and Aline Smithson; and a self-portrait workshop catered to local youth hosted by L.A.-based organization Las Fotos. All workshops are BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) and will meet for an introduction and presentation in the Photoville Workshop Area before heading out on a live, guided shooting session. A live presentation and demonstration space will also be provided by Adobe Lightroom; and Leica Camera will conduct conversations, workshops, demonstrations, photo walks, and more.
Photoville LA will also be collaborating with local organizations and festivals, such as exhibiting local photographer Lluvia Higuera at Grand Park's week-long spring arts experience, Grand Park's Our L.A. Voices.
The full schedule and programming details for talks, workshops, and activities will be announced soon.
Photoville LA will feature a Student Education Day and Professional Development Workshop for Teachers, created and produced by United Photo Industries and with additional support by education partner PhotoWings. On Thursday, May 2, hundreds of public school students from across Los Angeles will converge on the park to experience the power of photography and interact with acclaimed curators and artists for an event dedicated solely to the students. In addition to tours, the students will attend panel discussions featuring youth photographers currently enrolled in photography programs with Las Fotos, Venice Arts, and the Los Angeles Center for Photography. On Saturday, May 4, educators who want to incorporate visual storytelling into their curriculum are invited to participate in a free one-day professional development workshop. UPI's Teacher Professional Development workshop will blend teaching demonstrations with artist talks, and will culminate in a hands-on lesson planning session in collaboration with five Photoville LA featured photographers.
Annenberg Space For Photography Presents Photoville LA, created and produced by United Photo Industries, appreciates the partnership of Smorgasburg, Leica Camera, Adobe, California Institute of the Arts: CalArts, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Digital Silver Imaging and DAS Design Works. We also value our community partners, including Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Grand Park. Additional support is provided by Epson, , Chromaluxe, Hahnemühle FineArt, Epilogue, Image Wizards, and Blazing Editions.
Premiering simultaneously at Annenberg Space for Photography, CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop celebrates the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop's visual culture to the global stage. The exhibition is an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets, and is based on the bestselling book of the same title. Before the book's release, selections from CONTACT HIGH were featured at Photoville NY, which inspired the full debut exhibition at the Photo Space. CONTACT HIGH is curated by Vikki Tobak with Creative Direction from Fab 5 Freddy, and is produced in partnership with United Photo Industries.
About Annenberg Space for Photography
Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents as well. The venue, an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation and its trustees, is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area, creating a new paradigm in the world of photography.
About United Photo Industries
United Photo Industries is a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of and increased access to the art of photography. Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos launched United Photo Industries in 2011. Over the past eight years, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.
Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, UPI has presented dozens of public art installations in partnership with a number of agencies and organizations, including the NYC Department of Transportation, the United Nations, the NY Department of Parks, NYC Ferry, numerous arts festivals both domestic and international, as well as creating and producing the marquee event, Photoville, New York City's premier free photo destination. United Photo Industries acknowledges Photoville's Founding partners, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Two Trees Management, and Photo District News (PDN).