THE FENCE is one of the largest traveling photography exhibitions, reaching 8 million visitors annually through open air experiences in 8 cities across North America: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Calgary, Denver, Houston, Seattle, and Sarasota.

Photographers submitting to the 8th edition of The FENCE may also be considered for one of 3 Regional Showcase exhibitions that will highlight work by photographers living in the Gulf Coast of Florida, New England, and Western Canada.

Photographers of all levels are invited to submit work for consideration by the jury.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Brooklyn, New York

Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities.

THE FENCE was conceived and produced by United Photo Industries, and was developed in partnership with Photo District News in 2011. It was presented for the first time in 2012 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and has since grown and flourished through a series of strategic partnerships with like-minded cultural organizations across the United States.

Sarasota, Florida

Calgary, Canada

The FENCE Education Guide

The FENCE Education Guide has been created for 5 to 15-year-olds (as well as 55 and beyond!). It begins with framing questions and vocabulary about photography, followed by discussion questions for each category. We encourage parents, educators and friends to adapt accordingly to age and interest, and, most importantly, to have great conversations around The FENCE.

The guide is available online, and distributed around each city.

Community Engagement

As one of the largest outdoor photography exhibitions, The FENCE creates opportunities for engaging arts programming tailored to each host city. 

IN BROOKLYN…

Local organizers hosted a Walking Tour along The FENCE as the opening exhibition. Over 15 of the featured artists were present to share about their work, and the event attracted an audience of over 100 people.

Additionally, they hosted Teen Day @ The FENCE, inviting over 100 local students enrolled in summer community programs at the Josephine Herrick Project, the LGBT Center, International Center of Photography, and the Brownsville Community Justice Center.

Photos by Jessica Bal

IN SANTA FE…

ASMP Santa Fe partnered closely with the Railyard Park Conservancy who integrated The FENCE into their existing educational programming. Classes from the New Mexico School for the Deaf and the Masters School visited the exhibition. Local organizers used The FENCE Edu Guide to design the school visits.

Photos by Gabriella Marks

IN ATLANTA…

Local organizers hosted a Walking Tour of The FENCE during Atlanta Celebrates Photography, a city-wide festival of photography. They invited local artists such as Joshua Rashaad McFadden, Dale Niles and Daniel Edwards to lead the tour.

About United Photo Industries

United Photo Industries is a New York based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increase access to the art of photography. Founded in 2011 by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos, United Photo Industries has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by consistently showcasing thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe.

Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships, creative collaborations, and community spirit, United Photo Industries has presented hundreds of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide in partnership with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.For more information about United Photo Industries, visit unitedphotoindustries.com

Atlanta, Georgia

Boston, Massachusetts

Houston, Texas

Durham, North Carolina