The third edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival opens on April 8, 2017 in Wilson, North Carolina. Nash Street, the main street of Wilson, will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. For 100 days, 100 photographs will be displayed on 100 storefront windows, spanning six city blocks.
Focusing on the theme of “Main Street: a Crossroad of Cultures,” the exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Catherine Coulter Lloyd and Régina Monfort, features the work of 100 photographers from 31 countries with an equal number of men and women. Among the artists included in this years’ edition are: the late Marc Riboud, Olivia Arthur, Linda Bournane-Engelberth, Omar Havana, James Nachtwey, Martin Parr, Eugene Richards, Gaia Squarci and Jo Ann Walters.
During the opening weekend there will be presentations by Carol Johnson, former curator in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress; photojournalist Omar Havana; photographer Russell Frederick; and photographer Jo Ann Walters
This year’s edition will feature five additional exhibits, including images produced by Wilson youth during the 2016 Kids Workshop run by Columbia College Chicago, and led by photographer and educator Peter Fitzpatrick.
The goal of the festival is to help revitalize Historic Downtown Wilson while cultivating cross-cultural understanding through powerful photography. “The photographs taken in 49 countries, not only celebrate our shared humanity, they illuminate our capacity and resilience to survive against all odds,” says co-curator Régina Monfort.
Eyes on Main Street
April 8 – July 16, 2017
Wilson, North Carolina – USA