The befittingly titled Photoville, a pop-up photography village event in Brooklyn Bridge Park, will celebrate its final weekend with a showcase of two powerful exhibits by photo artists Misha Friedman and Jeff Sheng, which transcend across the various aspects of the LGBT culture and world with a great depth and mystique.
Friedman's work in "The Iron Closet" was honored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, explores how Russian LGBT youth culture live in a society that vilifies their sexual identity and humanity. The photographs document victims of hate crimes and the concealed moments of passion between members of the same sex living in Russia.
Over 200 LGBT student athletes living in the United States and Canada are featured in Jeff Sheng's exhibition of work, titled "Fearless: Portraits of LGBT Student Athletes." The images, which were taken from 2013-15, contain a strong message of activism. Eventually they were published as a personal memoir by Jeff with an afterword essay by retired NBA athlete Jason Collins, who was the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American pro sports leagues.
Photovilleis taking place in Brooklyn, ends Sunday, September 20.