It seems utterly ridiculous that, until three years ago, New York City, with all of its photographers, galleries, museums, ad agencies, and resources, didn't have a photo festival.
The New York Photo Festival, which was finally estblished in 2008, celebrates its third year next week, May 12-16, in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. It's such a big deal and a necessary part of the New York photography scene, the mind boggles that such a thing didn't exist before then.
I hope you're planning to go if you live in or near New York, because the NYPF has quickly become a world-class event and is the place to be in mid-May. This year's curators include Vince Aletti, Erik Kessels, Fred Ritchin, and Lou Reed. (Yes, that Lou Reed—he's a photographer as well as a rock legend.) Yup, it's a world-class event, with a distinct New York accent.
AdoramaPix is proud to be involved with the New York Photo Festival; AdoramaPIX is publishing the NYPH annual, and printed an entire show curated by Daylight magazine's Taj Forer, and printed a book for the exhibit that Lou Reed is curating. If you're going, be sure to drop by the AdoramaPix table in the Powerhouse Arena, say hi to Ingrid Spangler of AdoramaPIX. Also be sure to pick up the official NYPH tote bag; there's a sweet AdoramaPIX offer for photo book self-publishers inside it.
The Festival includes exhibitions, portfolio reviews, scavenger hunts, and parties and after parties. And the NYPF will give out its own Oscars, New York Photo Awards 2010, with winners recieving prizes worth over $1,000. In other words, it has all the ingredients needed for a bona-fide festival to celebrate New York's diverse, and intense photographic scene.
It's happening in a week; make your plans now! Go here for information and tickets.