Pittsburgh is among the first cities in the U.S. to establish a club committed to the art of photography. Called the Photo Section of the Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh, it began in 1885, when they originally leased space in the Thaw mansion downtown, near the old Horne's department store.
The Pittsburgh Photo Section, now based in Mt. Lebanon, is the oldest, continuously operating photography club in the country. Currently, there are 150 members made up of amateur and professional photographers who are interested in both traditional and digital photography. They hold three meetings a month where they discuss exhibition opportunities, host lectures, organize field trips, offer critiques, and support each artist's personal vision. For more information: pghphoto.org
The anniversary exhibit will feature 69 images – one image each from 69 members. The selection committee included Adam Welch, curator for Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Hours are Monday –Thursday 12:00 – 7:00pm; Friday 12:00 – 6:00pm; and when films are shown in the Melwood Screening Room.
Photos: from left: Feller's Garage by Bob Hayes, Erie Beach by Karla Martin