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Shipping Containers Descend Upon Brooklyn Bridge Park for Photo Event

By Janet Upadhye | September 17, 2013 8:41am
 Fifty shipping containers and a beer garden will soon take over 74,000-square-feet of space near Pier 5 in the Brooklyn Bridge Park for this year's Photoville. 
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DUMBO — A small village of shipping containers has descended upon Brooklyn Bridge Park.

DUMBO's United Photo Industries is hosting the second annual Photoville event — 10 days of free photo exhibitions, lectures, workshops, a beer garden and food trucks in which all exhibitions will be hung on the interior walls of 50 shipping containers.

The Lower Manhattan skyline serves as a backdrop for this picture-perfect event, making it a photography destination like no other, according to organizers.

"Our big mission is to make photography accessible for everyone no matter who you are, to give opportunities for photographers, curators, organizations and institutions to reach a greater audience and to show the world the value of great photography and storytelling," organizer Sam Barzilay said in a statement.

Nearby 50 exhibitions are showing this year, including work from TIME photographer Peter van Agtmael; conflict photographers Tyler Hicks, Martin Adler, Nic Bothma and the late Chris Hondros; World Press Photo Award winner Martin Roemers and Brooklyn-based photographer Jerry Vezzuso.

Shots of zoo animals, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Hurricane Sandy, Liberia, Brownsville and Red Hook will be shown in the makeshift photo galleries.

The workshops will cover topics like "Documenting Communities Impacted by Gun Violence" and "Learning the Fundamentals of Concert Photography."

A beer garden and food truck court will be set up around a large screen showing nighttime multimedia shows like "photographic images that navigate humanity’s deep relationship to water" and a slideshow of images exploring "what it means to be black and male in America."

Last year's Photoville attracted more than 40,000 visitors.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19-29. For more information visit the Photoville website.