We host a variety of events and public programming through our artist lecture series, exhibitions, and guest tintypist portrait days.

As part of the artist lecture series we will present moderated talks with artists and experts from multiple disciplines designed to inspire and explore the unique perspective and language of photography.

Our public programs occur on select evenings throughout the year, are provided free of charge, and open to the public.

To reserve seats please send an email to:

Upcoming Events


Penumbra Foundation will be back at Photoville this year! We will have our Portable Tintype Studio set up to take portraits in the field. Just like they did 100 years ago, we will be using all authentic chemistry, equipment and techniques. Don't miss your chance to get your tintype at a special Photoville price of just $55!


Visit us Thursday, September 18th between 4:00PM-10:00PM and receive a FREE tintype with valid press credentials.


Sign up for a membership between now and the end of Photoville (September 28) and receive a 20% discount card good towards a tintype in our studio, workshop tuition or a penumbra store purchase.


Thursday, September 14 - 4 PM-10 PM

Saturday, September 20 - 12 PM-7 PM

Sunday, September 21 - 12PM-6PM

Saturday, September 27 - 12 PM-7 PM

Sunday, September 28 - 12 PM-6 PM


Special Announcements

10th Annual Alternative Processes Competition

SohoPhotoGallery in New York City is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Alternative Processes Competition.

The competition is open to all U.S. residents, age 18 and older, excluding current members of Soho Photo Gallery. Alternative processes include (but are not limited to): Albumen, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Platinum/Palladium, Gum Bichromate, Bromoil, Salt Print, Tintype, Ziatype, Daguerreotype, Image Transfers, Liquid Emulsion, and Photogravure.

Traditional Silver Gelatin Prints, C-Prints and Digital Prints are not eligible; however handmade prints created from digital negatives are welcome.

the juror

Geoffrey Berliner, Executive Director and co-developer of the Penumbra Foundation, will choose approximately 35 photographs for exhibition.

important dates

Deadline for Submission: August 22, 2014

Notification: September 22, 2014

Accepted work due at gallery: October 22, 2014

Exhibit: November 5 – November 29, 2014

Opening reception: November 4, 2014

Pickup work: December 2, 2014

Submit Photographs online at

For complete details visit our friends at Soho Photo

Previous Artist Lectures

2014 — Benjamin Lowy, Lisa Elmaleh, David J. Carol, Paris Visone, Eliot Dudik, and Charlotte Dumas

2013 — Robert A. Schaefer Jr., Harvey Stein, Julie Pochron, Lauren Henkin, and Harvey Wang

2012 — Sze Tsung Leong, Jerry Vezzuso, Ellen Wallenstein, Philip Levine & Andrew Moore, Ángel Franco, Michelle Bates, Amy Arbus, Ellen Susan, Jerry Spagnoli, and Philip Perkis

2011 — Joni Sternbach, Marcia Lippman, and Lori Nix

2010 — Dan Estabrook, Bryan Whitney, and Edward Fausty

Previous Events

Photoville — 2012 and 2013 - New York City’s free premier photo destination produced by United Photo Industries is a modular venue built of/from re-purposed shipping containers. Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections,

Image Object Exhibition and Symposium — A collaboration between Cdags and the Penumbra Foundation in NYC, in the form of an exhibition and symposium. Entitled “Image Object," the juried exhibition showcased the forefront of contemporary daguerreotypy with the aim of propelling the genre forward in the art world.

Holga 30th Anniversary Exhibition 2012 — Penumbra Foundation hosted two exceptional photography exhibitions “Timeless” and “Transcend” celebrating Holga Cameras’ 30th anniversary curated and presented by Holga.