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Reflections of Life in Pittsburgh
Joint Exhibit with Silver Eye Center for Photography Features Renown Photographers from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Collection

Press Contact:
Lane Maggio Cigna

Communications Manager
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(412) 578-2458
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(Pittsburgh, PA) October 28, 2003-Their lenses captured daily life in Western Pennsylvania, making the ordinary look extraordinary. A series of reflections documenting Pittsburgh in the transitional 1950s will be featured in a new collaborative photography exhibit presented by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) at the Silver Eye Center for Photography from November 5th - 29th.

The Remember Pittsburgh exhibit will showcase images from CLP's Pittsburgh Photographic Library, a three-year project commissioned in the early 1950s by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to document Pittsburgh's renaissance. From steel mills to Forbes Field to urban renewal, the collection captured the city in a state of change. Among the many fine photographers participating in this project under the leadership of Roy Stryker were Clyde Hare, Esther Bubley, Elliott Erwitt and Harold Corsini. The Remember Pittsburgh exhibit will be located in the Members' Gallery at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in conjunction with the exhibit, Esther Bubley: American Photo-Journalist.

The Pittsburgh Photographic Library at Carnegie Library contains in excess of 57,000 images highlighting important Western Pennsylvania places, significant milestones and extraordinary people. Previously available only to those who visited the Oakland Main Library's Pennsylvania Room, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is seeking to bring these historic, documentary and fine art photographs to a broader audience. Photographs in the Silver Eye exhibit are available for purchase. In addition, CLP is launching an online gallery and shop in November, www.rememberpittsburgh.org, showcasing over 150 photographs. All revenue created by the sale of photos will support the maintenance of the collection for future generations.

The collaboration coincides with Silver Eye's Esther Bubley: American Photo-Journalist exhibition, which runs November 5, 2003 to January 31, 2004. This major retrospective explores a leading figure from the "Golden Age" of American photojournalism. Esther Bubley specialized in photo-essays about families, children, and health although she was equally adept at industrial subjects. She is known in Pittsburgh for her work on the Pittsburgh Photographic Library, under the direction of legendary picture editor, Roy Stryker.

The Remember Pittsburgh exhibit is underwritten by the Donald and Sylvia Robinson Family Foundation. In addition, the Forbes Funds has supported Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's new revenue initiatives.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: "Free to the People" since 1895

Through its Main Library and network of neighborhood locations, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh serves the dynamic and diverse information needs of people living in Western Pennsylvania. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a community anchor and gateway to literature, culture, music, history, business and technology.

About Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Pittsburgh Photographic Library Collection:

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is home to over a century of images captured by world-renown photographers. This unique collection of historic, documentary and fine art photographs is comprised of over 57,000 images housed in the Main Library in Oakland.

The photographic collection of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also includes the Bingaman collection, extensive examples of the work of Luke Swank and numerous smaller collections highlighting important Western Pennsylvania places, significant milestones and extraordinary people.

About Silver Eye Center for Photography: www.silvereye.org

The mission of Silver Eye Center for Photography is to serve the public through exposure to a wide range of work by locally, nationally and internationally recognized photographers. A Pittsburgh institution since 1985, Silver Eye Center for Photography is the oldest non-profit organization in Western Pennsylvania dedicated solely to the understanding, appreciation, education, and promotion of photography as an art form and as an expressive form of visual communication.

Silver Eye Center for Photography is generously supported by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Grable Foundation, The Howard Heinz Endowments, The A.W. Mellon Charitable Trust of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation, W.P. Snyder III Charitable Fund, an anonymous donor, other local foundations and corporations, and our members.

Silver Eye Center for Photography
1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
412-431-1810

Gallery Hours: (Admission is free)
Monday & Tuesday, Reserved for Education Programs
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, Noon - 9:00 p.m.

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