Sept 9 - Nov 14, 2021



Louisville Photo Biennial

The Louisville Photo Biennial takes place this year from September 9, 2021 through November 14, 2021, throughout Louisville Metro, Southern Indiana, and Central Kentucky. Our photography exhibitions – spanning traditional to contemporary, local to global – are mounted at museums, galleries universities, and cultural institutions. The Biennial also presents accompanying workshops, public lectures and panel discussions to stimulate learning and expand visual literacy.  Since photography is the most widespread art form, our goal is to educate via meaningful dialogue and to help bridge understanding in our diverse world through this dynamic medium. 

This year, we have all been affected by the extraordinary circumstances of the pandemic. As a result, we will make the exhibits, presentations and activities of the Louisville Photo Biennial available virtually, as well as in-person, to the greatest extent possible.

One very important aspect of the Louisville Photo Biennial is that almost all of the exhibits and activities may be enjoyed for free, both in-person and virtually. It is very important to our participating artists and organizations that the cultural richness provided by the Louisville Photo Biennial is accessible to everyone.


Started in 1999 by four East Market Street galleries, the Louisville Photo Biennial has grown to encompass more than fifty photographic exhibits at venues throughout Metro Louisville, southern Indiana, and central Kentucky. This amazing cooperative effort between galleries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural institutions celebrates the medium of photography through a rich variety of exhibits including fine art, documentary, design, historic and even everyday snapshot photography. We are pleased to present works by photographers of national and international fame, as well as our extremely talented local and regional photographers.

Louisville Photo Biennial
Keynote Speaker Event with Keith Carter
Friday, September 24 | Speed Art Museum

Photography always seemed to me a kind of benign magic. Light, precious metals, mysterious chemistry…wield the camera like a magic wand, murmur a few hopeful words…and on a good day you can conjure up proof of a dream.”


We thank Keith Carter for his warm and rousing keynote speech about what he’s learned from making art for 50 years and for the gift of his time during his visit. For those who were unable to attend in person, the Keynote was recorded by Marvin Young Photography and can be found by clicking the button below.


Support Us

Louisville Photo Biennial is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Now in our 20th year, we
produce a collaborative bi-annual festival celebrating the medium of photography through
exhibitions, workshops and other programming. Our mission is to expand appreciation of
photography as an art form, to encourage visual literacy through photography as a documentary
tool and a powerful medium for storytelling, and to create meaningful dialogue throughout
Kentucky and Indiana.

The Louisville Photo Biennial is produced and staffed primarily by volunteers and arts
professionals who support us with their time, talent and generosity. Please show your support
and appreciation by making a contribution to the Louisville Photo Biennial.
Our mailing address is

Louisville Photo Biennial, Inc.

713 East Market Street, Suite 100
Louisville, Kentucky 40202

For any questions, contact Paul Paletti at 502-589-9254

Thank you!


Ed Garber, C.J. Pressma, Paul Paletti, Thomas R. Schiff, David Becker, Clifton Foundation, John Gleason, Ren & Lisa LaRocca, Charles Clark, Bruce Anderson, Patty Burks, Peter Morrin, Elmer Lucille Allen, Tom Hardin, Renee Lam, John Nation, Linda Cowan, Vickie Raney Dewitt, Bill Luster, Mark Dobbins, John Burger, Earl Gaar, Bill Frank, Jacque Parsley, Buddy Ray, Sally DiGiovanni, Fred DiGiovanni

Special Thanks

These generous donors and organizations make it possible!