2018 Program

The 4th Edition will launch on April 21, 2018. Thirty international, national and local photographers will be present to make this a wonderful event in Historic Downtown Wilson, NC.

The Festival will run from April 21 to July 29, 2018

On April 21st at 5.30 PM, at the corner of Nash Street and Douglas Street, you will enjoy a free concert and a party with the band Fireside Collective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfAr5sbfnvw

Eyes on Ukraine

© Igor Chekackhov

Eyes on Main Street will present an indoor exhibit about contemporary Ukrainian photography, with Alexander Chekmenev, Igor Chekackhov, Eugeny Kom, Lana Yankovska and Vitaly Fomenko.

In cooperation with VASA: http://vasa-project.com

Curators: Igor Manko and Roberto Muffoletto

Imagination Station, April 21 to July 29, 2018

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

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

Eyes on India

© Vinod Babu

Eyes on Main Street will present an indoor exhibit about contemporary photography in India, with Deepti Astana, Vinita Barretto, Vinod Babu, Subrata Biswas, Sharbendu De, Swarat Ghosh and Mouhamed Moustapha.

Imagination Station, April 21 to July 29, 2018

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

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

Judith Rodriguez, Eyes on Wilson

© Judith Rodriguez

Photographer Judith Rodriguez spent a short week in Wilson during the opening week of the third edition of the Festival. She shot a set of very strong street portraits, both indoor and outdoor. The festival will exhibit a portfolio around the citizens of Wilson. Located behind the Imagination Station in the garden behind the parking lot, open day and night


The Kids Gallery (2018)

203 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893

The kids program will restart in April 2018 with our partners Columbia College Chicago and Canon USA.

The Outdoor Kids Gallery

A large outdoor gallery will be built behind the Imagination Station with 50 large scale photographs from the 2017 children's workshops. Located at the corner of Nash Street and Douglas Street, open day and night.

Eyes on Columbia College Chicago

© Jasmine Clark

Columbia College Chicago will bring a selection of the work of Jasmine Clark, After Eisenhower, an outdoor exhibition at the corner of Douglas Street and Nash Street, open day and night.

"After Eisenhower"

Protection of others, protection of the flag, and patriotism are the ideologies that persist in American Culture. Patriotism manifests in symbols, for example, the national anthem, the American flag, and the separation of church and state. As an African American female who identifies as queer, my own conflicted views of the military spurred my curiosity about its role in American life. The military is intertwined in the established patriotic, national and Christian identity. How is patriotism attained without any military relationship or in a society that oppresses any aspect of your identity?


Eyes on the Residency

© Rémy Artiges

The Festival will exhibit a selection of photographs shot by the first eight resident photographers who came to Wilson between September 2017 and March 2018 with Jan Wünsch, Juan Arredondo, Rémy Artiges, Keith Dannemiller, Juan Giraldo, Juan Madrid, Diana Bagnoli and Jeremy Dennis.

231 East Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893


All lectures and workshops are FREE, please reserve a seat by sending a message using the link at the bottom of this page; address: 224 East Nash Street, 2nd Floor, Wilson, NC 27893; Phone 1-252-291-5113

The Van Dolsen Lecture Series

Saturday April 21 & Sunday April 22, 2018

Carol Johnson: former Curator of the Prints and Photographs Division, the Library of Congress

04-21-2018, 11AM Court Room, 2nd floor, the Imagination Station

Family Photographs Workshop

Back by popular demand, Carol Johnson will present an updated presentation on early photographic processes. The workshop will teach participants how to identify various 19th century historic photographic formats and processes. It will also instruct participants on how to properly handle, store, and preserve one's family photographic treasures for future generations.

After her presentation, Johnson will meet individually with participants who are welcome to bring a few of your own family photographs or negatives to the workshop to learn more about the people in the photographs, dating the images, and how best to preserve them. Johnson is a former curator of photographs in the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Soon-Hwa Oh: Photographer and associate professor, photography and digital imaging program, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

04-21-2018, 2PM Court Room, 2nd floor, the Imagination Station

The Mekong Delta Area & Quiet Dreams

Since 2005, the photographer has explored the Mekong Delta area. Her photographic works focus on people’s lives affected by environmental and/or socio-economic conditions. She will present two bodies of photographic works: Quiet Dream (2008-2012) about marriage migration and Coastal Regions (2016-Current) about climate change.


Gaia Squarci: photographer and cinematographer

04-22-2018, 11AM Court Room, 2nd floor, the Imagination Station

“Broken Screen" and "Stromboli, Iddu”
Gaia Squarci, Italian documentary photographer who collaborates with Prospekt and Reuters agencies, will show work from her projects “Broken Screen” and “Stromboli, Iddu”.

Broken Screen is a two-year-long journey into the lives of blind and visually impaired people in the United States. The author is interested in the way blindness affects social interactions among human beings, the research of an identity, the pursuit of love. Stromboli, Iddu, focuses on the community living on a small island off the coast of Sicily, whose territory is almost entirely occupied by an active volcano. The residents call the volcano “Iddu”, Sicilian for “He”, like a god who can’t be named and a friend you live with every day.


Denise Ferris: photographer, researcher and head of the School of Art & Design, Australian National University (ANU) College of Arts and Social Sciences

04-22-2018, 2PM Court Room, 2nd floor, the Imagination Station

Evidence, absence & the beautiful “failures" of photography

While photographs as images translated from the world can be documents of reality, they also carry ideas beyond their face value.

The tension between photography’s representational power and its imaginative aptitude shows it may not hold answers but that photography is brilliant at posing questions.


Panel Discussion

Journalist and former editor in chief of Libération, the French Newspaper, Fabrice Rousselot will be the Moderator for this panel discussion around the state of Photography and Photo-Journalism. Six photo-reporters and docents will join us on the stage, with Juan Arredondo (Colombia), Jamason Chen (China), Denise Ferris (Australia), Régina Monfort (France), Roberto Muffolletto (USA) and Soon-Hwa Oh (Korea, Singapore).

04-22-2018,4PM, Court Room, 2nd Floor, the Imagination Station

Full Program TBA

Adult Master Class

Adult Master Class with the Photographers of Eyes on Main Street

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

9 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and panel critique,

Programs ends at 1:30 p.m.

Please meet, and work with, Eyes on Main Street Festival’s guest photographers from Australia, Colombia, England, India, Korea, Mali and the USA for an intense workshop on street photography in Historic Downtown Wilson.

Three hours exploring Downtown with your camera will boost your photographic skills and translate into making much stronger images as professionals teach you how to see and approach your work differently.

Maximum 2 photographers with each docent.



$175, if you are a sponsor of the Festival

Lunch included for all participants

One file will be selected during lunch and each participant will get a professional (17X22) print the next day.

Registration by sending us an email

See the email address at the bottom of this page

Deadline to pay for the workshop: April 10, 2018, please use link here below or send us a check at

Please use Paypal or a card via the website: http://www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com/donate/

Checks accepted: Eyes on Main Street, memo line Adult Master Class

224 E Nash Street, Wilson, NC 27893

Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, 4th Edition, April 21 to July 29, 2018

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

The Drum Circle

On Friday, April 20, 2018, at 6PM, Eyes on Main Street will run a Drum Circle at the corner of Nash Street and Douglas Street. Can we get 50, 60 or 75 drummers? It is for you to decide!

Eyes on Main Street was twice a Partner of the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival, October 7-9, 2016 and November 24-26, 2017, where each time a selection of 15 photographs shown in Wilson were exhibited in Malaysia.


Contact for all lectures and reservation: