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 are pleased to announce the Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Louisville Photo Biennial is Texas photographer Keith Carter. Dubbed both a “a transcendent realist” and “a poet of the ordinary,” Carter’s work has been featured in over 100 shows in 13 countries and he has 14 published monographs including Keith Carter: 50 Years (2018).

In addition to his books, Carter’s photographs are included in many public and private collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the collections of Elton John and Barack and Michelle Obama.

Carter teaches photography at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas where he is Regents Professor and holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. Carter has been awarded that University’s highest teaching honors, the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award and University Professor Award. In addition, in nonpandemic years, he conducts workshops and seminars in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

The 2021 Louisville Photo Biennial will take place September 9 – November 14, 2021.

Event Schedule

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!

Special Thanks

These great organizations make it possible!