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Go to NYC’s premiere free photography fest under the Brooklyn Bridge

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Clayton Guse

Photoville, an immersive photography installation that takes place in dozens of repurposed shipping containers, is returning for its sixth year next month with a lineup that ought to turn some heads. 

The festival, which is completely free and open to the public, runs from September 13–24 at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. The lineup includes more than 75 exhibitions and a slate of daily programming that could make any NYC art nerd weak at the knees. There will be nightly outdoor film projections. There will be workshops for both aspiring and professional photographers. There will even be food and drinks from Smorgasburg.

But perhaps the most intriguing artist on the schedule is Pete Souza, the chief photographer for former President Barack Obama. Souza will join Michael Shaw from the nonprofit Reading the Pictures on Saturday, September 16, for a panel conversation that will break down a selection of images from the photog's time with the administration.

Other notable exhibits on the lineup include Finding Home, which documents the lives of four Syrian refugee mothers and their babies; Contact High: Hip-Hop’s Iconic Photographs and Visual Culture, a showcase of works from photographers who documented hip-hop's rise into the mainstream; and Lynn Johnson's Redefining Gender, which explores gender identity as it relates to science and culture.

You can find the full lineup at Photoville's website.

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