In the charmingly named district of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, for those not versed in NY slang) a rather pioneering photography festival is taking place for the first time. It’s quite surprising that New York, a hub for so much creativity, particularly contemporary photography, hasn’t until now hosted its own photography fair, but this is precisely the gap the NYPH aims to fill.
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The fair’s goal is to document the future of photography via a smattering of satellite shows, each curated by a big name in the photography field. Year 1 sees photographer Martin Parr, Lesley A. Martin of the Aperture Foundation, Tim Barber of tinyvices.com and the New York Times Magazine picture editor, Kathy Ryan, kick proceedings off.
As well as the curated exhibitions there will also be an awards ceremony and a series of talks by featured photographers. The overriding emphasis of the whole event is to promote the next generation of photographic talent and to open up a forum for discussion about the future of photography amongst veterans, rising stars, amateurs and everyone in between.
With rumblings afoot that New York’s cultural clout is beginning to outweigh its economic standing, the NYPH is a welcome addition to the scene. As with so many events in the city, it promises to be slick in operation, cutting-edge in content and sure to establish itself at the fore of the photographic fair circuit in no time...