NYPH’12 will explore the matrix of art photography and social documentary through four curators creating sites and live events exploring the origins and meeting points of art photography and documentary work:

Glenn Ruga will premiere a phenomenal collection of masterworks from Bruce Davidson, Reza, Eugene Richards, Rina Castelnuovo, and Platon walking the fine line between doc art—or art doc—in On the Razor’s Edge: Between Documentary and Fine Art Photography

Amy Smith-Stewart will debut a smashing curated show entitled What Do You Believe In, featuring a select group of  of sixteen artists— Jen DeNike, Hank Willis Thomas, Leah Beeferman, Stuart Hawkins, Yamini Nayar, Fay Ray, Luke Stettner, Anissa Mack, Kenya Robinson, Xaviera Simmons, Nicole Cherubini, Nyeema Morgan, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Matthew Spiegelman, Daniel Gordon, Ignacio Lang—and explores how photography shapes our ideas—who we are, why we do the things we do, how our thinking happens, and where it evolves.

Claude Grunitzky will delight the senses and the imagination with work from Evangelia Kranioti, Irmelie Krekin, and Christian Witkin in the Curse and the Gift: “Photography is a way of life, and as we all become touch-screen photographers, emailing and Facebooking away, art photography takes on an entirely new meaning in its role in helping us to understand the way we live now. With our modern societies in flux, and many forms of cohesion in jeopardy, it helps to reflect on those changing human dynamics by looking at images that were composed calmly, away from the pressure of instant delivery.”

Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid  will stupefy the senses with Sinfonia Antarctica (The Book of Ice). For the New York Photo Festival, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky takes a look at how the role of the “archive” of Antarctic history—in photography, graphic design, and contemporary composition—has shaped some of the ways we think about contemporary digital media aesthetics. In conjunction with NYPH’12, Miller will present material from his recent Book of Ice project through the prism of an intersection of sculpture, architecture, live performance, moving image, and digital media installation.

They will also feature juried work from the New York Photo Festival Invitational, an online submission-based review platform run by the festival. More information available at http://nyph.at/