The 3rd Edition of Eyes on Main Street opens officially on Saturday April 8, 2017 with a party at 5.30 PM with live music and more than 20 photographers in attendance. Join us at the corner of Nash Street and Douglas Street in Historic Downtown Wilson.You will find here the listing for all the different events as the lectures, the kids program with Columbia College Chicago and other exhibits during the 100 days of the festival.
Music by The Pinkerton Raid:


Eyes on Taiwan

© Charles Chen; Yi-Yun Chang; Kouhei Hirose; Chun-Chi Lin

Featuring: Yi-Yun Chang, Charles Chen, Kouhei Hirose, Chun-Chi Lin, Pi-Lin Liu, Liang-Pin Tsao, Eli Wang, Anny Wu, Ko-Ming Wu and Sun Yang

Imagination Station, 3rd floor Gallery, April 8 to July 16, 2017

Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM- 5PM, Sunday 1PM-4PM, Closed on Monday

Official Opening with several artists present

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - from 1 PM to 3 PM, at the Headquarters of the Festival - Imagination Station, 3rd Floor

Imagination Station:

224 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893

Phone: (252) 291-5113


Before Facebook

Unknown Photographer, Tintype, circa 1870

Eyes on Main Street will present the exhibit "Before Facebook" a large collection of images from roughly 1850 to the end of the sixties and early seventies, more than a century of portraits, family reunions, travel pictures

and snapshots. Photography has this unique power to keep the present- the very instant when the shutter records the scene- present forever so we can identify with couples or families that have died 100 years ago.

This is one of the goals of this exhibition, to show that the past can still be the future. The legacy of Photography travels through centuries.

Daguerréotypes, Tintypes, Cartes de Visite, Portraits, Street Scenes

Imagination Station, April 8 to July 16, 2017

Open Tuesday -Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1PM to 4 PM

Imagination Station, 224 E Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893; Phone 1-252-291-5113


Columbia College Chicago Student Gallery Presents Hareth Yousef

© Hareth Yousef

Photographer Hareth Yousef Tomorrow's Entry is Not Guaranteed is a compilation of photographic and written personal narratives based in Palestine.

The purpose of this collection is to showcase the everyday lives of Palestinians -away from the dramatic scenes of war.

Hareth Yousef is a current BA Photography student at Columbia College Chicago.

He will be in Wilson from April 6 to April 10, 2017

115 Goldsboro Street, Wilson, NC 27893 (Building next to The Beer Store).

Open by appointment through Imagination Station (one day in advance) at 1-252-291.513

or try Jerome De Perlinghi at 708-271.3042

April 8 to July 16, 2017


The Kids Gallery (2017)

203 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893

By appointment through Imagination Station (one day in advance) at 1-252-291.5113

or try Jerome De Perlinghi at 1-708-271.3042


Frames of Life, a movie by Mary Engel


An intimate portrait of the life and work of noted photographer Ruth Orkin

Written, produced and directed by Mary Engel

World premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, 1996.

Selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the “Outstanding Documentaries” of 1996.

Edited by Pierre Kahn; Additional photography by Morris Engel.

Production Consultant: Darryl Zudeck; Music Direction: Donna Lee Weng.

Running time: 18 minutes

Ruth Orkin was an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker.

Her career began by photographing Hollywood celebrities in the 1930’s, and continued through the early 1980’s with photographs taken from her window in New York City. She was known for her candid images, and was a humanist.

In The Cardplayers, which was included in Edward Steichen exhibition, The Family of Man, she immortalized three children playing cards. Her many portraits included a pensive Marlon Brando, a playful Alfred Hitchcock, and a laughing Albert Einstein.

Interviews with: Cornell Capa, Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Lee Craig, Morris Engel and Evelyne Daitz.

Imagination Station, Tuesday-Saturday 9AM to 5 PM, Sunday 1 to 4 PM, Closed on Monday

224E. Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893



All lectures and workshops are FREE, please reserve a seat by using the email/link here at the bottom of this page

Saturday, April 8, 2017

A - The Van Dolsen Lectures Series with Carol Johnson

Imagination Station, Court Room, 10 AM

Unknown Photographers

Meet Carol Johnson, former Curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress for a brief history of photographic processes

and best storage methods for photographs,followed by personal consultations where she will examine participant's photographs and provide a date range,

type of photographic process, and the best way to store your photographs.

B -The Van Dolsen Lectures Series with Omar Havana

Imagination Station, Court Room, 2PM

© Omar Havana

Photographer Omar Havana was based in Kathmandu, Nepal when the earthquake hit on 25 April 2015 and was an eyewitness to the drama that unfolded.

Havana will present his work and share his experience living and covering the earthquake,the rescue and rebuilding efforts in the quake’s aftermath, the international media coverage

of the situation and the ethics of covering traumatic events.

Havana will discuss the making of his book on the earthquake, Endurance, which paints a powerful picture of the resilience of the Nepali people in the face of adversity.

Régina Monfort, Eyes on Main Street co-curator and editor of the book, will join Omar Havana during the Q&A sessions. Book signing to follow.

Endurance can be purchased in advance at (only here, proceeds from book sales will be donated to projects in Nepal, shipped from Europe) or at (shipped from USA).

Sunday, April 9, 2017

C -The Van Dolsen Lectures series with Jo Ann Walters

Imagination Station, Court Room, 11AM

© Jo Ann Walters

Jo Ann Walters, award-winning photographer, will present work made in the Mississippi River valley and other working class towns and rural communities across the country.

D -The Van Dolsen Lectures Series With Russell Frederick

Imagination Station, Court Room, 3 PM

© Russell Frederick

Misunderstood, Marginalized and Invisible: The Untold Stories of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn' by Russell Frederick / KAMOINGE

Bed Stuy, Brooklyn was once the largest black metropolis in America in the 80's and 90's. The neighborhood is one of the few places in America where black people were able to buy land, build homes,

open businesses, churches, schools and vote in New York after the Civil War. The pioneering residents of this middle class neighborhood are dealing with a seismic transition with the arrival of the Brooklyn Nets

basketball team and real estate boom in Brooklyn. The photographs of Mr. Frederick highlight the invisible majority the world has not seen.

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Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival , 3rd Edition April 8 to July 16, 2017

Imagination Station, 224 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893


Eyes on Main Street was a Partner of the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival, October 7 -9, 2016, 20 photographs shown in Wilson were on display in Malaysia.


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