About The Festival

William Klein, New York, NY, USA, 1955 -EOMS 4th edition

The 8th edition runs from October 21, 2022 to March 25, 2023

Press Release

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 eighth edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival opened on October 21, 2022 in historic downtown Wilson, NC. For 150 days, 100 photographs are on 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, Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, features the work of 100 photographers from 41 countries. Among the artists included in this years' edition are: Emin Özmen, Maggie Steber, Sebastião Salgado, Corinna Kern, Olivier Culmann, Nanna Heitman, Rasmus Flindt Pedersen, Melissa O'Shaughnessy and Benni Valsson.

-Eyes on Main Street will open The American Center for Photographers (ACP) in the Spring of 2023

The American Center for Photographers (ACP) opens in a purposely designed gallery space in the heart of the City of Wilson North Carolina in the Fall 2022. Building on the successes of Eyes on Main Street Inc. eight 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 will present 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.  


ACP at Whirligig Station, 230 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC 27893   

The 8th Edition also features two indoor exhibitions

-Eyes on the Residency

12 residents photographers who worked in Wilson from July 2021 to June 2022 will be featured in a group's exhibition.

EOMS Residency Gallery, at the corner of Nash and Douglas Streets October 21, 2022 to March 25, 2023

Works by David Robert Farmerie; Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez; Oliver Doyle; Chris Facey; Ryan Bakerink; Cédric Roux; Franck Gérard; Anita Pouchard Serra; Moe Zoyari; Tracy Barbutes; Benni Valsson and Jean Pierre Duvergé

Ti'Hera by Benni Valsson, May 2022

-Eyes on South Africa, at ACP Goldsboro Street (postponed until 2023)

An exhibition of Contemporary Photography from Durban, South Africa.

EOMS at ACP, 230 Goldsboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893




NOISE: Eyes become ears.

The central idea behind these curated works is ‘Noise’. Noise which is considered as a loud sound, whether audible or silent, that which is uncomfortable and is intended as a disruption that opens room for dialogue or in response to a change of state many people find themselves.

 In this exhibition we look at how types of ‘noise’ exist in photography practice, creative processes, and subject matter. We observe how eyes for a photographer can listen, hear and make noise, and hence become ears.

Due to construction issues at ACP this exhibition may open at a later date than announced here above.

Wonderboy Maluleka, South Africa 2021

-Education Program is running year round since 2022

-Youth Photography Workshops: Peter Fitzpatrick, our Education Director and Professor at the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Columbia College Chicago, has supervised and conducted several youth photography workshops in partnership with local after-school groups. The Diane Dammeyer Initiative and Canon USA generously support these workshops.

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

Several lectures were held  on October 22 and 23, 2022 for the launch of the 8th edition: 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

Peter Fitzpatrick, Education Director

Ghadah Alrawi, Curator

Carol Johnson, Curator

Peters Bernard, Graphic Designer & Artist

Dave Matthews, Technical Director

Contact Details


Phone: 1-708-271-3042

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

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Board Members

John Bethune, Brooke Bissette (Board President), Dale Bryce, Martin Evans, Rosa Gobien, Cecilia Petrella, Will Robl & Nancy Van Dolsen

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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