About The Festival

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International Outdoor Street Photography Festival ✓

Indoor Photography Exhibitions ✓

Youth Photography Program ✓

Public Lecture Series ✓

Free activities✓

Festival Theme: Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures

-Main Exhibition is Outdoor over ¾ mile

The tenth edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival will launch on June 1, 2024 in historic downtown Wilson, NC. For 100 days, 100 photographs will be display on 100 storefront windows, walls and buildings, spanning nine city blocks. Following Barnes Street, then Lodge Street and Nash Street, our city center will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. The outdoor exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi, features the work of 100 photographers from 39 countries. Among the artists included in this years' edition are: Sebastião Salgado, Susan Meiselas, Peter Caton, Maggie Steber, Ron Haviv, Renée C. Byer, William Klein, Jenna Mulhall-Brereton,  Bruce Gilden and France Leclerc.

-Visit Eyes on Main Street permanent indoor gallery The American Center for Photographers (ACP) 

The American Center for Photographers (ACP) is located in a purposely designed gallery space in the heart of the City of Wilson North Carolina. Building on the successes of Eyes on Main Street Inc. ten years of international photography festival activities, the ACP’s core goal is to celebrate established photo practitioners and elevate the profiles of emerging photographers. The ACP presents monthly photography exhibitions showcasing work from within the USA and beyond. Coupled with the exhibition programming will be education workshops, forums and other photocentric events that will grow public awareness of photographic image makers and generate networks between photographers throughout the world. Partnering with the Eyes on Main Street Inc. photographer in residency initiative, the ACP gallery will house an annually rotational portfolio collection that features works by USA and International photographers.  


The American Center for Photographers, ACP, at Whirligig Station, 230 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC 27893   

-Eyes on the Residency, the new exhibition will open on June 1, 2024; inside ACP

12 residents photographers who worked in Wilson from May 2023 to April 2024 will be featured in a group's exhibition.

The 6th year of the program saw a record number of applicants. Photographers from around the world came to Wilson, NC, USA, each for one month to photograph all segments of our community. The results are very impressive; with the work of Claire Savary, Grace Ekpu, David Gibson, Svet Jacqueline, Patrick Artinian & Louise Oligny, Julia Gillard, Andrea Ratto, Jimmy Beunardeau, Vincent Nguyen, Reinis Hofmanis and Céline Sarr.

Andrea Ratto, Wilson, NC, USA, October 2023

To access the American Center for Photographers website: Click Here

-Education Program

-Peter Fitzpatrick, our former Education Director and Professor at the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Columbia College Chicago,started the education program in 2016. Since then, he  has supervised and conducted several youth photography workshops in partnership with local after-school groups: S.A.Y., the YMCA, The Spot, ENCSD to name a few. Overal, many other organizations have participated in our yearly program, involving over 500 children. The Diane Dammeyer Initiative and Canon USA generously support these workshops.

-Public Lecture Series: featuring photographers discussing their ideas and techniques.

See the full program in the Events section.

-Adult Photography Workshops: Brings the opportunity to work with and mentored by renowned photographers on projects in the City of Wilson.

Festival Head Quarters

ACP, 230 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC 27893

Festival Creative Team

Jerome De Perlinghi, Artistic Director/Curator

Peters Bernard, Graphic Designer & Artist

Dave Matthews, Technical Director

The American Center for Photographers

Carmen Bartlett, Gallery Operation Manager

Jeidy Cruz, Gallery Assistant

Contact Details


Phone: 1-708-271-3042

For more information, visit us online: www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyesonmainstreet/

Or follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eyesonmainstreetinc/

Board Members

John Bethune, Dale Bryce, Mehmet, Demirci, Martin Evans (Board President), Kim S. Joy, Bankston Lewis, Scott Magoon, Will Robl, Ginger Updegrave

Mailing Address

Eyes on Main Street, INC; 210 Moss Street, Wilson, NC 27893, USA

Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina. We are a Non-Profit Organization and donations are tax deductible as stipulated by the IRS.

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