The New York Photo Festival 2012 opened on May 16 with shows assembled by four guest curators, and some nearby satellite shows. After three years in which shows took over multiple spaces in the Dumbo neighborhood in Brooklyn, this year the four-day festival has located most of the shows by its four guest curators in the Powerhouse Arena and bookstore at 37 Main Street. Powerhouse Arena is also the site of panel discussions with artists and presentations by ImageBrief, the sponsor of this year’s festival.
Amy Smith-Stewart’s “What Do You Believe?” packs loads of images into displays at 56 Water Street and 37 Main Street. Artists show include Jen DeNike, Hank Willis Thomas, Fay Ray, Anissa Mack, Matthew Spiegelman. A discussion with Smith-Stewart and some of the exhibiting artists takes place Thursday May 17 from 3 to 5 pm.
Glenn Ruga, founder of socialdocumentary.net presents several editorial and documentary photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Lori Grinker, Platon, Eugene Richards, and Rina Castelnuovo in “The Razor’s Edge: Between Documentary and Fine Art Photography” at 37 Main Street. A discussion with Ruga and some of the artists will take place at 7 pm Thursday, May 17. Ruga also curated a show on the mezzanine of 37 Main Street, made up of images presented by socialdocumentary.net.
“The Curse and the Gift,” curated by Claude Grunitzky, is exhibited on the messanine of 37 Main Street. Artists in the show include Christian Witkin, and Evangelia Kranioti and Irmelie Krekin. Friday May 18 from 3 to 5 pm there will be a discussion with Grunitzky and the artists.
DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller) has curated a show titled “Sinfonia Antarctica (The Book of Ice)” that looks at archival images from the Antarctic and how the work “has shaped some of the ways we think about contemporary digital media esthetics.” According to press information for the festival, the show will be presented on ice floes on the East River, depending on prevailing currents. There will also be a presentation Friday May 18 from 8 to 9:30 pm at 37 Main Street.
Tickets are still available for $20 at the door in the Powerhouse Arena.