Eyes on Main Street Inc

About The Festival

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.

The 6th edition will launch on May 2, 2020 and will run until August 9, 2020

The main exhibition features 100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 40 countries with an equal number of men and women participants. The exhibition, curated by Jerome De Perlinghi and co-curated by Ghadah Alrawi and Carol Johnson, focuses on the theme of "Main Street, a Crossroad of Cultures" as interpreted by the individual photographers. Next year’s edition will include five additional exhibits, making Historic Downtown Wilson, NC a real crossroad for photography.

The Eyes on Main Street Kids Gallery will return in 2020, presented as both indoor and outdoor exhibits, is the outcome of our Youth Photography Workshops run by Peter Fitzpatrick with alumni from Columbia College Chicago and local photographers. We will add the photographs from the Youth Photography Workshop that EOMS organized in Pingyao, China last September. This program, made possible with the generous support of Canon USA, demonstrates the talents of young participants when given a chance to express themselves.

The Artist in Residence program is a popular stay for photographers from all around the world, looking to work on a personal project. Their exhibition is always very popular.

We will also feature the work of Andria Hautamaki, the recipient of our first reportage grant announced in 2019, in a solo exhibition of her work created for Eyes on Main Street.

We will invite contemporary Chinese photographer to create the Eyes on China exhibition, an indoor exhibit in our Eyes on Main Street Gallery on Goldsboro Street.

Also for you, we have the Bieke Depoorter-Lua Ribeira photography workshop, these two young women from the Magnum Photo Agency will teach a three day course in photography, a unique event not to ne missed, see the education page link to register.

But the launch party would not be the same without music, the band "Ludic" from Vancouver will be the headliner of the musical section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leCJUlMW8vI

You will find more info on the event page.

We will see you on May 2, 2020!

Jerome De Perlinghi


Jerome De Perlinghi

Artistic Director

Peter Fitzpatrick

Education Director

Curators since the 5th Edition

Ghadah Alrawi: https://www.ghadahalrawi.com

Jerome De Perlinghi: www.jeromedeperlinghi.com

Carol Johnson, former photography curator at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Former Curators

Catherine Coulter Lloyd: www.catherinecoulterlloyd.wordpress.com

Régina Monfort: www.reginamonfort.com

Board Members

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