Thank you!

With all of your support we reached our goal of $5,000!  

There’s 14 hours left to go, if you’d still like to be a backer click here .  Help us raise even more money to make Philly Photo Day as amazing as possible!


Philly Photo Day 2012 Billboard by Susan Abrams



Philly’s First Digital Photo Murals!

J. DeVirgilis, photograph for Philly Photo Day 2012

60 new works of public art will be installed this year as a part of Philly Photo Day!  In addition to the exhibition and 40 billboards, PPAC is collaborating with the city’s Mural Arts program and 20 community centers to create the city’s first 20 digital photo murals!
Together with your help, visiting artists will work with neighbors to create 20 murals, incorporating their photographs into a collage of their own design. Each mural will reflect meaningful images of their lives back into their neighborhood.
Our Kickstarter campaign will end in 9 days and we just need to raise $3,418 to reach our goal!  If we don’t reach our goal we receive $0! Please help us with a gift of $25, $50, or whatever you can give.  
Please help us launch Philly Photo Day by backing us on Kickstarter today, and don’t forget to take a photograph on October 18th!
Philly Photo Day 2013 is made possible with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and PNC Arts Alive.

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Jordan Baumgarten & Amani Willett

Lecture/Book Signing

Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 6:00 pm

Please join PPAC as we host a dual book signing/lecture with artists Jordan Baumgarten and Amani Willet. Briar Patch Jordan Baumgarten’s forthcoming publication with Parts & Labor Books, is about the dissonance felt when your home is somewhere you don’t belong. The images explore a life and a relationship in the context of an at-times violent neighborhood, and the anxiety of that looming violence coming into the home.
Willet’s Disquiet is a metaphoric journey that examines the first two years in the life of the photographer’s son, weaves intimate family pictures with images of political and economic turbulence in American society between 2010 and 2012. Relying on a comprehensive visual approach, including environmental portraiture, landscapes, still lifes and news images, Disquiet creates a multi-layered story of beauty, tenderness and unease. The cinematic images form a narrative arc in which the photographer’s sense of anxiety is palpable.
Learn more here.

Blake Carrington: Shaping a Signal

Thursday, September 12 – Saturday, November 23

Opening reception at PPAC: Thursday, September 12, 6-9 pm

Performance Locations/Dates:

ICE Box at Crane Arts: Thursday, September 12, 7-8 pm

First Unitarian Church: Saturday, October 12, 7-9 pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is proud to announce a solo exhibition of the New York based artist Blake Carrington.  Utilizing a creative practice that incorporates appropriation, performance and the creation of customized software translating sound into visual data, Carrington will be presenting a selection of two projects, one of which has been produced in collaboration with the Urban Archives at Temple University.  In addition to the physical exhibition at PPAC, Carrington will also be conducting two audio-visual performances which illuminate the process by which many of his works are created.

Click here for more information.

Ron Tarver at PPAC

Ron Tarver

September 19th, 6:30 pm

Lecture for PPAC Members

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist, Ron Tarver is offering a free lecture for PPAC members. Tarver has been a staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1983.  In addition to his newspaper publications, his work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine.
He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins in 2004, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition that debuted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  He shares the 2012 Pulitzer Prize at the Philadelphia Inquirer for his work on a series documenting violence in the Philadelphia public school system.
This even is for members and their guests.  Members, reserve your seat here.
If you are not yet a member, please join us today!

20% off Classes & Extended Workshops at PPAC until September 12th!

In August, PPAC celebrated its 4th birthday!

To commemorate, we are extending the 20% off early bird discount on Classes and Extended Workshops!

Celebrate with us and sign up for some classes or extended workshops.  This discount won’t last long.  Use the discount code below on our website and sign up today!
Registration for classes starting in September closes on Friday, September 12th.
Extended Workshops

Education Open House at PPAC

Education Open House

September 7, 2013

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of PPAC’s brand new state-of-the-art classroom and the commencement of the Fall 2013 semester at our Education Open House.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet PPAC’s new instructors and see their work in a small pop-up exhibition in the classroom.  Come out and speak with PPAC staff about the new programming and enjoy some free refreshments.
Don’t miss out on this fun event (a free workshop will be given away)! Learn more here.
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