FREE FILM : CANAL - Behind the Scenes

A look at the inaugural rendition of the project from concept to reality through digital and film photographs.


On December 14th, photos came down off the walls and we closed the doors to the space at 318 canal street. Participants and passersby had had time to visit and take in the photographs to see how 85 photographers interpreted the theme ‘canal.’ It didn’t seem right to end the project just like that so in an effort to memorialize the project and keep the photographs accessible to the public, we created a small ‘zine’.

A limited quantity of 200 zines were printed each with all 100 photographs pictured. A few copies are still in stock. If you are interested in purchasing you can find copies here.


Copies have made their way around the world already. We have shipped to Hong Kong, Paris and California.

FREE FILM : CANAL - The Photographs

Of the 100 rolls that were distributed, 85 rolls were returned….not bad NYC! These 85 rolls were all processed and scanned. Some rolls never saw the light. Old cameras, broken shutters, dead batteries can cause complications. Other rolls stood out almost immediately.

Contact sheets were sent out to the jury which was comprised of a collection of artists, curators, photographers and gallerists.


Platon - portrait photographer

James Danziger - photography gallerist

Roya Sachs - independent curator

Quentin de Briey - street photographer

Adrienne Raquel - fashion photographer

Sean Andrew Jackson - documentary photographer

Neil Hamamoto - conceptual artist

Each jury member made a small selection from the contact sheets and the “winning” 100 photographs were set to be printed.

A few photos from the winning 100…

don standing

don standing

danny miller

danny miller

rilka noel

rilka noel

FREE FILM : CANAL - The Photographers

In under 10 hours, 100 interested people walked in to our space ready to shoot on the theme ‘canal.’ Word got out quick and just like that the 100 rolls were gone.

In under 3 hours our first roll was returned by a gentleman named Don Standing. Don got dragged into our space by his kids who encouraged him to participate. Don seemed reluctant at first but ended up having a jury approved roll. Upon returning his roll of film Don insisted I must take a donation back. He handed me a fresh roll of 35mm film and encouraged me to shoot it. Thanks Don.