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New York Photo Festival This Week

DJ Spooky Sinfonia Antarctica (The Book of Ice)

We’re excited to welcome back the New York Photo Festival for its fifth year in DUMBO.  This year’s festival gives us a new lens for understanding the challenges and opportunities facing photographers today through standing exhibitions, music, artist talks and presentations.

Three curators, Glenn Ruga, Amy Smith Stewart and Claude Grunitzky, explore the themes of form versus content in documentary art, how photography shapes who we are, and what a photographer’s perspective means in an age of digital phone photography through still photo exhibitions around DUMBO.

On Wednesday evening (5-6pm) you’ll also be able to spot “ice floes” drifting through the streets in special BackPack Galleries.  Each BackPack Gallery in this mobile exhibit will contain pieces of Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)’s Sinfonia Antarctica (The Book of Ice) project,  which takes a look at how the role of the “archive” of Antarctic history—in photography, graphic design, and contemporary composition—has shaped some of the ways we think about contemporary digital media aesthetics.

So swing by for a look at of some of the best photography around.  The exhibitions are free and open to the public from 11am on May 16th to 5pm on May 20th.  All special events the festival pass, which can be purchased here and a full schedule can be found on the NYPH’12 site.

The pass is only $15 and gives you access to these great events and more throughout the festival…

Wednesday 5/16

  • NYPH’12 Vernissage 6-7pm: Kick off the NYPH’12 with the curators and artists at special opening events around DUMBO.
  • Reception 7-9pm: Follow up the vernissage by chatting with fellow photo enthusiasts at Powerhouse Arena and grooving to a special guest set by DJ Spooky.

Thursday 5/17

  • Panel Discussion 3-5pm: Hear curator Amy Smith-Stewart discuss her exhibit “What Do You Believe In,” with the artists at powerHouse Arena.
  • Panel Discussion 7-8:30pm: Learn how documentary photographers grapple with the inherent contradiction of form versus content in this panel discussion with Glenn Ruga and artists.

Friday 5/18

  • Panel Discussion 3-5pm:  In an age where everyone with a smart phone can Instagram a photo, find out how real photographers maintain perspective with curator Claude Grunitsky and artists.
  • Panel Discussion 8-930pm:  Discover how Paul D. Miller heard music in the silence of Antarctica and how his trip inspired creativity.

Saturday 5/19

  • Gallery Talk 1-2pm: Listen to artists Brian Driscoll and Angelo Merendino discuss The Art of Documentary and how they keep things real.
  • Creative Tutorial 5-6pm: Get creative with a learning session on how to stop searching and start briefing with Simon Moss of ImageBrief.

Sunday 5/20

  • Panel Discussion 12-1pm: A talk for artists and entrepreneurs, learn how art and commerce intersect in Collaboration and Happenstance.
  • Showcase 1-2pm: Wrap up NYPH’12 by checking out the multimedia category winners of the New York Photo Festival Invitational showcase at Powerhouse Arena.