Past Present Future: Western Pennsylvania's Places and People


  • Silver Eye Center for Photography 4808 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15224 United States

OPENING RECEPTION // UNBLURRED
FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Silver Eye celebrates its grand reopening and move to the Penn Avenue Arts District in the Bloomfield-Garfield neighborhood with an exhibition that explores and celebrates the history, current moment, and future of photography in Pittsburgh.

This expansive survey exhibition celebrates photographic landscapes and portraits of Western Pennsylvania, spanning over 100 years of image making in the region. The exhibition features the work of over 40 artists and is presented in a nonlinear salon style. Past Present Future creates visual connections between the images and traditions of iconic giants of mid 20th century photography like W. Eugene Smith, Esther Bubley, and Duane Michals and contemporary artists making work today throughout the region. With over 100 photographs and videos, Past Present Future makes visible the overwhelming and complex changes that have occurred in Western Pennsylvania through industrial and demographics shifts over the years. Despite these changes, there is a persistent and timeless beauty in the hills, valleys, and people of the region. This exhibition is a celebration of that beauty and the talented artists who have worked to capture it over the years.

Past Present Future also includes work from several young neighborhood artists through our partnership with Assemble. Middle school aged artists, working with Silver Eye Fellowship 17 winner Francis Crisafio, have created stunning and revealing self-portraits through photography and collage. Silver Eye is proud to present these images as a part of the future of photography in Pittsburgh.