Artist in Residence

Copyright: Benni Valsson, Wilson, May 2022


Program Overview

Eyes on Main Street will launch a 6th year of its residency program on July 1, 2023 with the goal of continuing to build strong photographic portfolios around Wilson, N.C. Eyes on Main Street has become, in nine years, a sought after festival, popular among global photographers including Sebastião Salgado, Lua Ribeira, Eugene Richards, Mary Ellen Mark, Raymond Depardon, Maggie Steber, Stephen Shore, Bieke Depoorter, William Klein, Oh Soon-Hwa, Ron Haviv and Grace Ekpu, who have participated in the annual exhibitions and public programs.

Although all levels of photographers, from emerging to well established, can apply for the residency, a strong sense of documentary or street photography is desired. The Festival offers six residencies, for a period of one month per residency - open to both domestic and international photographers. This 6th year of the program runs from August 1, 2023 to April 2024.


Wilson is a town in North Carolina about 50 miles east of its capital, Raleigh, with a population of roughly 50,000. As the heart of the tobacco industry, downtown Wilson saw a decline in its fortune when the tobacco warehouses closed, changing the town as many other businesses shuttered. Today, the city is reinventing itself through several arts projects: The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opened in late 2017 and changed the city’s landscape. Over 155 guest photographers from all over the world have brought many different artistic visions and a lot of creativity to Wilson’s Historic Downtown, through Eyes on Main Street, now in its seven year.

The resident artists will live in Historic Downtown Wilson for one month. The Festival will offer comfortable lodging in a large private apartment consisting of a workspace, a kitchen, a bathroom and one bedroom with a one-time stipend of $500 that can be used to cover travel and related costs. The Festival covers utility bills.

Transportation to and from the airport will be provided from RDU, Raleigh-Durham Airport, located 60 miles from Wilson. Many resident photographers arrive by train as Wilson has a train station on the Amtrak network. A car is optional, at the expense of the resident. A pay for ride-share system runs all around town, and the Festival will provide a bike. Transportation to and from North Carolina is Not included, photographers pay their own travel cost to reach North Carolina.

How to apply

The application process for the 6th year of the program is now open until 11.59 PM USA EST on March 25, 2023.

Please email a link to your website, a cover letter, a digital portfolio and this FORM to:

No Entry Fee

Both the Festival and the Resident will sign a contract. One of the goals of EOMS is to organize a group exhibition with a selection of images shot during this 6th year of the program. This show will be on display during the following edition of the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival (2024). Each photographer will also donate one print to the program no later than six months after the end of his or her residency.

To support the local artistic community and promote cultural awareness, it will be strongly suggested of the chosen photographers to do one of the following: an artist talk with the director of the festival, delivering a public lecture on photography or leading a Saturday afternoon workshop with local photographers, this at no extra cost to the festival.

Jerome De Perlinghi

Artistic Director

March 1, 2023

Photographers 2017-2023

Sixth Year: July 2023 to April 2024

07-2023: Patrick Messina, France


09-2023: Julia Gillard

10-2023: Reinis, Hofmanis, with ISSP, Riga, Latvia

11-2023: Jimmy Bernardeau, Taiwan/France






Fifth Year:  July 2022 to June 2023

07-2022: Kalel Koven, France

08-2022: Freya Maes, Belgium

09-2022: Rodrigo Paredes, Argentina

10-2022: Meg Hewitt, Australia

11-2022: Andrejs Strokins, Latvia

12-2022: Simon Vansteenwinckel, Belgium

01-2023: Marc Chaumeil, France

02-2023: Chau Cuong Lê, France

03-2023: Peter Bialobrzeski, Germany

04-2023: Claire Savary, France

05-2023: Grace Ekpu, Nigeria

06-2023: David Gibson, United Kingdom

Fourth Year: July 2021 to June 2022

07-2021: David Robert Farmerie, USA

08-2021: Mateo Ruiz Gonzalez, Colombia

09-2021: Oliver Doyle, USA

10-2021: Chris Facey, USA

11-2021: Ryan Bakerink, USA

12-2021: Cedric Roux, France

01-2022: Franck Gérard, France

02-2022: Anita Pouchard Serra, Argentina/France

03-2022: Moe Zoyari, Iran/USA

04-2022: Tracy Barbutes, USA

05-2022: Benni Valsson, Iceland

06-2022: Jean-Pierre Duvergé, France

Third Year: July 2019 to March 2020

07-2019: Ayomide A. Oyeniyi, Nigeria

08-2019: Vicky Roy, India

09-2019: Benjamin Dunn, USA

10-2019: Olivier Metzger, France

11-2019: Isabelle Levy-Lehmann, France

12-2019: Mark Rammers, The Netherlands

01-2020: Gisela Ajzensztat, Argentina

02-2020: Bronek Kozka, Australia

03-2020: Tracy Barbutes, USA

Second Year: July 2018 to June 2019

07-2018: Ximena Echague, Argentina

08-2018: Seydou Camara, Mali

09-2018: Dave Jordano, USA

10-2018: Jérôme Bonnet, France

11-2018: José Luis Vilchez, Nicaragua

12-2018: Andrea Torrei, Italy

01-2018: Serra Akcan, Turkey

01-2018: Çiğdem Üçünçü, Turkey

02-2019: Alice Kayibanda, Rwanda

03-2019: Michelle Frankfurter, USA

04-2019: Judith Rodriguez, Argentina

05-2019: Roza Vulf, Lithuania

06-2019: Jeremy M.Lange, USA

First Year: September 2017 to June 2018

09-2017: Jan Wünsch, Czech Republic

10-2017: Juan Arredondo, Colombia

11-2017: Rémy Artiges, France

12-2017: Keith Dannemiller, USA

01-2018: Juan Madrid, USA

01-2018: Juan Giraldo, Colombia/USA

02-2018: Diana Bagnoli, Italy

03-2018: Jeremy Dennis, USA

04-2018: Kajal Nisha Patel, United Kingdom

04-2018: Amsatou Diallo, Mali

04-2018: Sandeep Biswas, India

05-2018: Jared Ragland, USA

06-2018: Giovanni Urgeles, Cuba/Philippines

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