Photoville, the largest annual photography festival of its kind in New York City, opens this week for its seventh year. Photographer Suzie Katz loves the festival because it’s not like going to a fine art gallery. Admission is free and, as attendees weave through the shipping containers turned galleries, they can interact with many of the photographers on-site.
Katz is one of Photoville’s partners, but her main passion is to find ways to reach people who can’t make it to the festival — or to any festival.
“It never made sense to me for only 30 people who happened to be in the room to be the only ones to benefit from that knowledge,” Katz says. …
Elie Gardner: How would you describe your leap from being a photojournalist to being both a photojournalist and filmmaker?
Janet Jarman: A recent statement by a close friend sums up how and why I started my journey from shooting exclusively photographs, to employing a combination of still photography, audio, and video on many of the projects I produce today. She said:
“I do what scares me. It’s the only way I can grow.”
I have always believed that visual journalists who could employ a variety of skills would have more opportunities in an increasingly competitive editorial journalism market.
In what would turn out to be a pivotal decision in my career, I embraced the potential of the multimedia approach to storytelling. I wanted to be at the cutting edge of my profession, and I didn’t see a contradiction in simultaneously using two related, but very different skills to tell a story. Since childhood, I had resisted being put in a neatly labeled box. So why start now? …