Sanctuary Series: Photographs of the Harlem Jazz Scene

A free, drop-in program on Wednesday evenings in the historic Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Series offers dynamic lectures, demonstrations, and discussions on countless artistic topics. Though it is not required, please consider registering for this program in advance.

On Wednesday, February 3, Join us in welcoming photographer Gerald Cyrus as he shares his unique and beautiful vision of the Harlem jazz scene during the 1990s. Cyrus photographed in various clubs, pubs, bars and lounges primarily in the Harlem community of New York City. These are neighborhood places where musicians come to jam with each other and hone their skills, and patrons come to have a few drinks, enjoy the music, and hang out with old friends. The photographs roughly cover the period from 1994 through 2005, with most of the images depicting the mid-1990s, before Harlem became hot real estate territory and the scene started to change.The resulting body of work, entitled Stormy Monday, was published as a book in 2008. Gerald Cyrus’ work was also recently published in Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge, which was selected by the New York Times Magazine as one of 2015’s best photography books. Cyrus is a member of Kamoinge, Inc, a collective that was formed in 1963 to address the under-representation of African American photographers in the art world.

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1st Friday and Closing Party for PPL Photo Walk Exhibition

Please join us for the Exhibition Closing Party on 1st Friday in Old City!!!

Our 1st Exhibition of Year year will close on Feb 5th …… please join us to congratulate the photographers. 

The exhibition includes great images from neighborhoods across the Philadelphia area. The Photographers are all members of the Philadelphia Photo League. Over the course of several months they documented various neighborhoods as part of our on-going photo walk series. The creation of the work was coordinated by the PPL’s “neighborhood expert” photographer Mike Klusek.

So please join us for an evening of great photography and good fun at a great location in the heart of Old City Philadelphia. 

Photo by : Trevor E. Mayo

Exhibition Sponsor : Stephen Calandrino, Esq. Broker/Owner

National Realty Old City LLC

National Realty NJ LLC

National Realty PA
112 N. 2nd Street, #5D1
Philadelphia, PA 19106

PPL Monthly Meetup – NEW LOCATION !

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month.  PLEASE NOTE WE ARE AT A NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH !

All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events …… PLUS …….. see the work of fellow PPL’ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize.

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Martin Luther King Day of Service – Girard College – 21st Anniversary

This year is the 21st Anniversary of MLK Day of Service in Philadelphia. It will be PPL’s 4th year as photo volunteers. We look forward to working together as a group. All participants will be tasked to capture the spirit of the event being held at Girard College (plus others locations in Philly to be announced), in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Global Citizen organizes the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and runs MLK365, a year-round program that promotes sustainable civic engagement, ongoing volunteer opportunities, and educational programs.

We will separate into groups and cover the event, lead photographers will be assisting those seeking instruction.

This will be a great opportunity to begin learning the art of candid photography.

All members are highly encouraged to participate, especially those who are experienced and willing to take on the role of lead photographers.

Mannequin: A Group Photography Exhibition

This exhibition shows the collective work of 30 Philadelphia-area photographers, each who share their own unique viewpoint of mannequins and their roles as life-size models. The zany appeal of these articulated dolls prove both attractive and disconcerting at the same time; mysterious yet strangely familiar. This interesting dichotomy is being explored and interpreted through the vision of each artists’ lens. Curated by Laura Storck – Jan 6th – 31st. 

This show will feature the work of several PPL members, including Neil C. Johnson, Rob Lybeck, Judy Murray, Steven Ptashkin, Jennifer Brinton Robkin, Ed Snyder, Laura Storck, Theresa Stigale, and David Swift. Opening reception on Wednesday, January 6th, 6-9 pm.