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Photoville 2014 opens Thu 18 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Howard Halle
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Now in its third year, Photoville, a festival of offerings by shutterbugs from all over the globe, sets up  in a series of re-purposed shipping containers near Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. As before, the menu includes exhibitions, outdoor installations, workshops and talks, all kicking off with a opening night celebration, starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 18. The evening, titled  "WE LIVE IN BROOKLYN BABY" is curated by famed Back In The Days photographer Jamel Shabazz, whose images relive the vibrancy of the ’80s Hip-Hop scene. Works by 30 photographers will be on view accompanied by a Brooklyn inspired "soundscape," courtesy of DJs Chris Devlin and Prince Klassen. As for the rest of Photoville, it runs for ten days until September 28. To give you a taste of what to expect, we offer our own selection of highlights.

"Beyond The Finish Line"

Josh Haner, Pulitzer Prize winning Staff Photographer and the Senior Editor for Photo Technology at The New York Times spent several months documenting Jeff Bauman, one of the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. After meeting initial resistance from Bauman's family, he eventually won them over, enabling these poignant images of one person's recovery from a life-shattering event.

"Testament"

Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Chris Hondros (1970–2011) was killed on assignment in Libya, but before he died, he had spent nearly 20 years covering conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt, as well as Libya. Some of his most memorable images are collected in this show.

"Broken Screen"

Freelance photographer Gaia Squarci captures the world of the blind and visually impaired in her black-and-white photos.

"People of the Horse"

These photos by Erika Larsen document the almost symbiotic relationship between the Plains Indians and their horses. Larsen's portfolio originally appeared in National Geographic.

"Head On Photo Festival"

Australia’s leading photography festival since 2004, "Head On" brings the work of 40 Aussie photographers to the Borough of Kings. A prize awarded each year is selected in a blind process, where the names of the photographers and the nature of their subjects are withheld from the judges

 

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