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Brooklyn Bridge Park's 'The Fence' Brings Photography to the Public

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Brooklyn Bridge Park is a mile and a half of beautiful waterfront along the East River in Brooklyn, with fantastic views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, the harbor and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. It's also a great summertime destination for art enthusiasts. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

On the fence about where to go to see great contemporary photography? Well, here's some: on "The Fence," an annual outdoor art exhibit of new photography organized here in Brooklyn Bridge Park by United Photo Industries.

"United Photo Industries is a public arts organization based here in DUMBO, Brooklyn. We've been working for the last three years creating exhibitions that work in the public domain, so finding ways to get photography into the public, rather than getting the public into the gallery," says United Photo Industries Creative Director Sam Barzilay.

"The Fence" takes place in several cities each year. This one is the longest.

It runs about 1,000 feet across Brooklyn Bridge Park and showcases 40 photographers, including New York photog Alix Smith.

Smith has been photographing same sex couples.

"I started it a number of years ago because I was looking for images that reflected my life. And all the images growing up that were of gay men and women were in protests, and there weren't any images of families," Smith says.

The images are inspired by classical paintings.

"The idea behind the project is to not be political in the sense that they look like everyday family portraits," Smith says.

Of course, the fence is just one of many great summertime attractions here at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

"We just opened Pier 2, which has five acres of court sports; basketball, bocchi, shuffleboard, roller-skating. We have one of the best movie series in the city every Thursday night; it's called Sci-Fi Movies With a View. We also have a great reading series on Monday evenings; it's called Books Beneath the Bridge," says Brooklyn Bridge Park President Regina Myer.

Bring your camera, because while you're here you may very well be inspired by the setting or the photographs on view to snap a few pictures yourself. "The Fence" is up through October.

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