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A prominent champion of photography since 2011, United Photo Industries is more than just a gallery in Dumbo. The organization presents exhibitions and public art installations all over the United States and worldwide through partnerships with various other organizations, festivals, and cities.
For example, they’ve done a couple of installations on New York City ferries in the east river that they call “Floating Exhibitions.” The FENCE projects involve displaying photos along the fences of NYC bridges and other fences in cities around the country. The point is to put art in unexpected spaces where it might surprise people who are going about their daily routine.
They also organize the annual photo festival, Photoville, which is held in repurposed shipping containers turned mini galleries. It’s an event that draws nearly 100,000 visitors over the course of two weekends in the fall and is undoubtedly not to be missed by serious photography buffs.
Visitors can check out UPI’s permanent gallery and other rotating public installations in Dumbo all year round. As opposed to Janet Borden, Inc., which shows more established and well-known photographers, UPI is known for presenting new and mid-career artists. So, if you’re looking to get hip to emerging photographers, this is the place to go.
When it comes to the theme and content of the gallery exhibitions, there’s something for everybody. Recent shows include works that depict everything from life in The Bronx in the 80s, to the stigma of being overweight, to portraits made with antique photography equipment of the actors from the Broadway show, “Hamilton."
And they don’t shy away from controversial issues either. During this year’s Photoville festival, they showed the photos that four artists captured during the protests in Charlottesville.
Cover photo credit: www.artindumbo.com