Uncensored public exhibition shares 24 hours in the region, through the eyes of its residents Nov. 12, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016
On October 9, 1,412 photographers rose to the challenge as the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) invited them to capture 24 hours in the region on Greater Philly Photo Day, presented by PNC Arts Alive. Transcending the boundaries of age, background, or skill level, photographers from all eleven counties shared their perspective in this day-long celebration. The result? Nearly 1,500 photographs will be featured in a public exhibition running November 12, 2015 through January 2, 2016 at the PPAC Gallery (1400 N. American St). Kicking off with an opening on Thursday, November 12 from 6-8 p.m. at PPAC, the alphabetically arranged exhibition can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM.
“Greater Philly Photo Day brings perspectives to the table that a curated show might miss,” said Sarah Stolfa. “Whether you’re a working photographer or a student with a smartphone, PPAC gives you the opportunity to say you were part of a group gallery exhibition.”
Prior to the exhibition’s opening, all submissions from Greater Philly Photo Day can be previewed on the PPAC website. While perusing the online gallery, visitors can order prints and even view a geotagged map of where photographs were shot.
Of these hundreds of photographs, three were selected for an additional honor. Beyond inclusion in the Greater Philly Photo Day exhibition, Alex Djordjevic, Paul Drzal, and Steven Huang will have their photographs displayed on SEPTA platform posters throughout the region.
Searching for a unique way to commemorate PPAC’s first anniversary in 2010, Philly Photo Day was created to spark a collective interest in photography while bringing community members together. With the ever-growing accessibility of smartphone cameras, organizers asked Philadelphians to frame the perfect shot and click, all on the same day. Since the inaugural event, which drew just over 300 photos, PPAC inspired 1,412 submissions in 2015 by expanding to all eleven counties in the Greater Philadelphia region, including New Castle County in Delaware; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. Every annual event has culminated in an exhibition such as this.
For the past three years, Greater Philly Photo Day has been made possible by PNC Arts Alive, a major supporter of the event, as well as GDLoft and Shades of Paper. This year, additional support was received from Bokeh Fire Lens Rentals, Metro, PhotoLounge, and Yards Brewing Company; and a successful Kickstarter campaign.
For more information on the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Greater Philly Photo Day exhibition, visit www.philaphotoarts.org.