NYC XVII at Photoville 2013

[Text by Casey Kelbaugh]
[Photos by Diane Hu & Claire Vial]

On a pitch perfect September Saturday, hundreds gathered at Photoville, a pop-up community of shipping containers-turned-photo exhibitions, in Brooklyn Bridge Park for our 17th global mainstage Slideluck in New York City. The stage was set for an epic evening: a warren of shipping containers that led to an open space, with Greenwood Park serving icy Brooklyn beers on one side, an array of food trucks on the other, and beyond the big screen, the sun set behind the Manhattan skyline.

This was our first show devoted exclusively to multimedia – and though the work was compelling in many ways – it left some asking, what happened to the slideshow? What were all these moving images? These were the people that didn’t read the invitation, the program or listen to the speeches. Which is probably to be expected. However, this particular show intentionally put a spotlight on multimedia work and for this, we asked Kira Pollack, Director of Photography for TIME Magazine to make the selections.

It was a robust show, full of ambitious pieces, heavy moments, and applause from the audience. As dusk settled in and the crowd deepened, there was a feeling of one being a part of something incredible and something unique. The work and the experience generated a lot of excitement and discussion among friends new and old, which continued up the hill to Floyd’s, deep into the night.

PHOTOVILLE is a new Brooklyn-based photo destination, a pop-up village of freight containers transformed into temporary exhibition spaces, which first took place in the summer of 2012.  Occupying more than 60,000 sq ft in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Photoville 2013 included lectures, exhibitions, screenings and workshops from September 19th-29th.

Kira Pollack joined TIME as the Director of Photography in October 2009.  She oversees the photographic vision of TIME, and TIME on the  iPad.  In 2011, she was named Photo Editor of the Year by the Lucie Awards she was awarded an Emmy for TIME’s Beyond 9/11 project the same year.  Previously, Pollack spent 11 years in the photo department at The New York Times Magazine and before that, The New Yorker.

Additional photos courtesy of Karl Mehrer / K2 Imaging / Julienne Schaer / Alexis Devaney / United Photo Industries

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