The First Annual New York Photo Festival

The First Annual New York Photo Festival
Gaming & Play
Christine Huang
  • 19 may 2008

We paid a visit to the inaugural New York Photo Festival on Sunday, the closing day of the five-day showcase of ‘the future of contemporary photography’ in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The rain didn’t deter the diehard photography fans from all over the world (the streets were filled with more foreign language chatter than English) who came to check out, and perhaps take home, some of the hundreds of images on exhibit. We didn’t get to visit all the galleries spread throughout DUMBO but we did get a chance to take a look at Getty Images’ ‘Portraiture’ exhibition which featured various portraits (and interpretations of portraiture) by up-and-coming and seasoned photographers. One of our favorites was Phillip Toledano, whose photograph of an aged man wearing his wife’s sun hat was one of the most striking of the series (pictured above). Check out his site for more of his work, including a great collection called “Video Gamers,” in which the artist caught his subjects revealing “a hidden part of their character” through having them play video games.

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