United Photo Industries is a labor of love: love for the photograph and its ability to convey a complex array of emotions and ideas in a single, silent frame. Founders Sam Barzilay, Laura Roumanos, and Dave Shelley had been working in Dumbo, Brooklyn, together and independently on a wide array of photography, production, theater, and concert productions before joining forces to create UPI in March 2011. UPI opened its gallery doors at 111 Front Street in December of that same year. In the thirteen months that have transpired since, the company has produced 66 exhibitions inside and outside of its space.
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