What can you give to the city that has everything? In New York, that would be a Photo Festival — an event to put the U.S. photo capital in the same sentence with cities like Arles and Perpignan. That’s the idea, anyway, behind the recently announced New York Photo Festival, slated for next spring (May 14-18) in several venues in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn (including the big new powerHouse Arena, above).
Co-sponsored by powerHouse Books and the increasingly active VII Photo agency, the event is billed as “a celebration of both contemporary photography and the raw, indomitable, creative, and inspirational talents of those who produce this work.” To this aim, the sponsors have now brought in curators with proven taste-making credentials, each of whom seems to be popping up all over the place in the photo world. They include Kathy Ryan, picture editor at The New York Times Magazine; photographer-cum-art patron Martin Parr; Aperture book publisher Lesley Martin; and former Vice art director Tim Barber (the token 20-something hipster on the panel). It does suggest a promising mix next spring. It’s not clear from the festival’s Website how people can get their work considered. And you would think that they could post a few pictures to tout a Photo Festival! But hey, it’s still way early…. See you in DUMBO come May. — Jack Crager