Eyes on Main Street Inc

Artist in Residence

Copyright Amsatou Diallo, Wilson, April 2018



Eyes on Main Street has become in five years a sought after festival, popular among global photographers including William Klein, Renée C. Byer, Eugene Richards, Mary Ellen Mark, Raymond Depardon, Anush Babajanyan, Andrew Moore, Rebecca Norris-Webb, Gaël Turine, Soon-Hwa Oh and Bieke Depoorter who have participated in the main exhibition.

Program Overview

Eyes on Main Street has launched in 2017 a residency program with the goal of building several strong photographic portfolios around our community. Although all photographers can apply, a strong sense of street photography is required. The Festival will choose 12 new photographers for a period of one month per residency -this program is open to both domestic and international photographers.


Wilson is a town in North Carolina about 50 miles east of its capital, Raleigh, with a population of roughly 50,000. At the heart of the tobacco industry, downtown Wilson saw a decline in its fortune when the tobacco warehouses closed down, changing the town as many other businesses followed and left. Today, the city is reinventing itself through several arts projects, with a Whirligig Park open since late 2017 and photography becoming part of the city’s landscape.

The resident artists will live on Nash Street in Historic Downtown Wilson for one month. The Festival will offer comfortable lodging in a small private apartment consisting of a workspace, a kitchen, a bathroom and one bedroom with a one-time stipend of $500 to cover some travel and related costs. Utility bills will be paid for by the Festival and a Mac computer with all the needed programs is available to the photographer.

Transportation to and from the airport will be provided from RDU, Raleigh-Durham Airport, 60 miles from Wilson. A car is optional, at the expense of the resident. A small bus system runs to the main shopping center around town, and the Festival will provide a bike.

How to apply

Candidates will submit a digital portfolio, a link to their website, and a brief cover letter with the application form (download the form at the bottom of this page) to: eyesonmainstreetresidency@gmail.com

The next deadline to apply will be May 2020

No Entry Fee

Both the Festival and the Resident will sign a contract. The curators will select photographs for a group exhibition to be held during the following Edition of the Eyes on Main Street Festival, May to August 2020.


Each photographer will be asked to donate one print to the program no later than six months after the end of his or her residency.

Jerome De Perlinghi

Artistic Director


Clink the link below to download the form:

EOMS Residency Form 2020.docx

Photographers 2019-2020

June 2019

Jeremy M.Lange, USA: http://jeremymlange.com/

July 2019

Ayomide A. Oyeniyi, Nigeria: https://www.ayosamaphoto.com/

August 2019

Vicky Roy, India: https://www.vickyroy.in/

September 2019

Benjamin Dunn, USA: http://www.benjamin-dunn.com/

October 2019

Olivier Metzger, France: https://oliviermetzger.com/

November 2019

Isabelle Levy-Lehmann, France: http://www.levy-lehmann.com/

December 2019

Mark Rammers, The Netherlands: https://markrammers.com

January 2020

Gisela Ajzensztat, Argentina: https://www.giajz.com

February 2020

Bronek Kozka, Australia:

March 2020

Tracy Barbutes, USA: https://www.tracybarbutesphotography.com/index

April 2020

May 2020

Ania Klosek, Poland: http://www.aniaklosek.com/

June 2020

Roger Richardson, USA: https://www.rogerrichardsonphoto.com/

July 2020

Jean-Pierre Duvergé, France: https://www.instagram.com/jpduverge/