Eyes on Main Street Inc

About The Festival

Press Communiqué

The artistic team of Eyes on Main Street, with the full support of the board of our non-profit, has decided to postpone the launch of the 6th edition of our Photography Festival from May 2, 2020 to August 15, 2020.

We made this decision as the novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world. We strongly believe that this is a wise decision that will reduce the risks of infection for all involved. There are still too many medical uncertainties regarding this disease not to be pro-active. Already traveling to and from many regions and destinations has been banned or greatly reduced.

We are fortunate to run a Festival that can be moved in space and time with very little downsides; the photographs will be as strong and moving in August 2020. For us, it made even more sense to postpone our event, to give everyone a real chance to join the celebration in peace of mind.

The new dates for the launch will be Saturday, August 15, 2020, with some activities starting the week before, and ending on November 20, 2020. In the coming weeks, the artistic team will reprogram the workshops, the lectures and all our other activities.

You can be sure that the 6th edition will be one to remember for all the good reasons. In the meantime, we wish everyone a good and strong health.

Jérôme De Perlinghi

Artistic Director

March 8, 2020

Eyes on Main Street INC, 210 Moss Street, Wilson, NC 27893


Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina. We are a Non-Profit Organization and donations are tax deductible as stipulated by the IRS.

Press Release

6th Edition Eyes on Main Street Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival August 15 – November 20, 2020 Wilson, North Carolina USA

International Outdoor Street Photography Festival ✓

Indoor Photography Exhibitions ✓

Photography Workshop by Magnum Photographers ✓

Youth Photography Program ✓

Public Lecture Series ✓

Free Public Launch Party✓

Free Festival Registration ✓

Festival Theme: Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures

The sixth edition of Eyes on Main Street, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival opens August 15, 2020 in historic downtown Wilson, NC. For 100 days, 100 photographs will be displayed on 100 storefront windows and buildings, spanning nine city blocks. Barnes Street and four adjacent blocks of the city center will be transformed into a vibrant gallery of large-scale photographs. The outdoor exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, features the work of 100 photographers from 45 countries with an equal number of men and women represented. Among the artists included in this years' edition are: Stephen Shore, Bieke Depoorter, Bruno Barbey, Griselda San Martin, Finbarr O’Reilly, Lua Ribeira, John Stanmeyer, Karen Kausmaki, Martin Roemers, Betty Press and Dawoud Bey.

The Sixth Edition Feature Indoor Exhibitions

Eyes on the Residency: The Festival will exhibit a selection of photographs produced by 13 resident photographers who each spent a month photographing Wilson from a wide variety of artistic viewpoints. Between April 2019 and March 2020, the city attracted resident photographers from around the world, including Michele Frankfurter, Judith Rodriguez, Roza Vulf, Jeremy Lange, Ayomide A. Oyeniyi, Vicky Roy, Benjamin Dunn, Olivier Metzger, Isabelle Levy-Lehman, Mark Rammers, Gisela Ajzensztat, Bronek Kozka and Tracy Barbutes. Examples of their work will be on display at 231 Nash Street East, corner of Douglas and Nash Streets, across from the Imagination Station.

The Youth Photography Program Outdoor Exhibit: Hundreds of photographs captured by

the Wilson youth during the 2019 workshops and Chinese youth during our collaboration with the Pingyao International Photography Festival in September 2019, will be exhibited in a wheat paste outside gallery across from Tig’s Courtyard on Barnes Street. Through this exhibit we hope to promote cross cultural understanding and celebrate the young photographers of America and China. This extraordinary exhibition is co-curated by Stephen DeSantis and Peter Fitzpatrick.

Eyes on China: “Eyes on Contemporary Photography in China” will present the work of eight contemporary Chinese photographers focusing on their work within China. The photographs will be on view at Eyes on Main Street’s new permanent space at 128 Goldsboro Street Wilson. This exhibition is co-curated by Wang Bin Summer Pan and Jinghan Xu.

Andria Hautamaki: Andria Hautamaki is the first recipient of our photo-reportage grant. With the grant money she worked in remote villages of Southern Chile, photographing education challenges and the school system in faraway regions of the world by following children in their daily life. The work will be on display next to the Residency Gallery at the corner of Nash and Douglas Streets.

Education Program

Magnum Photographers Workshop: Bieke Depoorter and Lua Ribeira will run a documentary photography workshop in the streets of Historic Downtown Wilson. The dates are Wednesday August 12 to Friday August 14, 2020.

Youth Photography Workshops: Peter Fitzpatrick, our Education Director and Professor at

the School of Fine and Performing Arts of Columbia College Chicago, will

supervise senior photography students and alumni to conduct youth photography workshops in partnership with local after-school groups. These workshops are supported by the Diane Dammeyer Initiative and Canon USA. (free)

Public Lecture Series: This is held over the opening weekend featuring leading international

photographers talking about their work. More information on this event can be found on our


All lectures are free with prior registration. Register at: eyesonmainstreetinc@gmail.com

Festival Launch Details

The festival launch will take place on Saturday August 15, 2020 with a street party featuring music from local and west coast talent. Located at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park on the corner of South Street and Goldsboro Street this event is generously supported by 217 Brew Works. It will be a chance for locals and out of town visitors to mingle with approximately 40 international photographers as they enjoy great music, food and brews. (Open to the Public)

Our Location

The festival is located in the Historic Downtown of Wilson in North Carolina. Wilson is approximately 46 miles east of Raleigh Airport (RDU). The Amtrak Station at Wilson is serviced by trains daily from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Raleigh and Miami.

Festival Head Quarters

EOMS Gallery 128 Goldsboro Street South, Wilson, NC 27893

Festival Creative Team

Jerome De Perlinghi, Artistic Director/Curator

Peter Fitzpatrick, Education Director

Ghadah Alrawi, Curator

Carol Johnson, Curator

Contact Details

Eyesonmainstreetinc@gmail.com 1-708-271-3042 For more information, visit us online: www.eyesonmainstreetwilson.com On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyesonmainstreet/ Or follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eyesonmainstreetinc/

Mailing Address

Eyes on Main Street, INC 210 Moss Street, Wilson, NC 27893, USA

Press photographs and further information available upon request

Eyes on Main Street is a large outdoor and indoor photography festival in Wilson, North Carolina. We are a Non-Profit Organization and donations are tax deductible as stipulated by the IRS.

Board Members

John Bethune, Brooke Bissette, Susan Fecho (Board President), Socrates Gliarmis, Rosa Gobien, Sean Larkin, Ryan Mercer, Nancy Van Dolsen & Carol Vargo

Download the press release as a PDF: Press Release_EOMS_2020.pdf