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The Art + Commerce Festival will feature the works of 60 up-and-coming photographers from the tri-state area in the historic Tobacco Warehouse abutting the revamped Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, beginning Sept. 17. The free "2004 Festival of Emerging Photographers" opens on Friday with a private gala and opens to the public on Saturday, Sept. 18, during regular park hours.

Nearly half of the featured shutterbugs are from Brooklyn, according to Michael Van Horne, co-curator of the show, which is organized by Art + Commerce, an agency that represents creative talent in the areas of photography, art direction and styling. Among this borough’s talents on display is Richard Koek, whose 2002 photo "Feet" is pictured at left.

Brooklyn Heights resident Jimmy Moffat, a partner in the Art + Commerce agency, came up with the idea to spotlight both these emerging talents and the slowly evolving Brooklyn Bridge Park with Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Executive Director Marianna Koval.

"She and I are good friends and neighbors," explained Moffat. "We always fantasized when we were walking our dogs down there that we could do something that would both help young artists, who don’t have any exposure in the public arena, and bring people to the park. It’s been a great collaborat­ion."

Among the celebrities that Art + Commerce represents are Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and William Eggleston.

"[Art + Commerce] have our feet in lots of different aspects of the photography world - book publishing, advertising, magazines - where historically, agencies inhabit only one of those worlds," said Moffat. "We wanted to do something where we could bring together all those worlds and have an open and participatory event."

Moffat said the agency received 12,000 submissions from 1,000 artists, and with a panel of judges from various backgrounds, narrowed the number of featured photographers to just 60.

"Nothing is being done for profit," said Moffat.

The show is free and open to the public and information will be provided at the roofless warehouse - located off Water and Dock streets - for those interested in purchasing photographs or hiring the photographers whose works are on display. For more information, log on to or call the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy at (718) 802-0603.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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