PPL Monthly Meetup

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month.  All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

This particular meeting will also be the last chance to get informed and involved in our Philadelphia Neaighborhoods Project.  Detain on this project will be presented at the end of this meeting.


Richard Avedon: Family Affairs Photo Exhibition

Avedon’s striking fashion photography and minimalist, emotion-filled portraiture broke boundaries and, for nearly a half century, helped define Americans’ perceptions of beauty, politics, and power. This exhibition, for which NMAJH will be the only U.S. venue, unites two seminal bodies of work by the influential American Jewish photographer: a series of four portrait murals inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s and early 1970s, and a series of 69 portraits entitled The Family, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine on the eve of the 1976 election. 

CLICK HERE to learn about Richard Alvedon

CLICK HERE to learn about the Exhibition

When: NOW thru August 2nd 

Museum Hours: VISITING HOURS Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm* Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am – 5:30pm

* From Memorial through Labor Days, the Museum stays open until 8:00pm on Wednesday evenings. Admission
after 5:00 is pay-what-you-wish.

NMAJH is closed most Mondays, including Federal holidays, but we are open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
Presidents’ Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day.

Philadelphia’s Four Seasons Photo Exhibit – Vickie Feldman and Brian Gerstel

Philadelphia’s four seasons as seen through the lenses of Philadelphia photographers Vickie Feldman and Brian Gerstel will be displayed at Uncommon Events Gallery, 2441 Aspen St., Philadelphia, May 8 through June 7. The show opens Friday, May 8 with a reception from 6:00-9:00 pm [with my homemade chocolate chip cookies!], and will also be on view Saturdays and Sundays 2:00-5:00 pm through June 7. Admission is free, and for information call 215-687-2825.

Ms. Feldman began focusing on photography in 1987, and in 1994 sold her first photo enlargement. That same year she was a winner in the Fairmount Park Calendar photo contest. Mr. Gerstel entered her life a year later and by 2000 the husband-and-wife team had transformed a creative “hobby” into a licensed business called Panache Photos. They produce images of Philadelphia in a variety of formats, including prints, greeting cards, ceramic mugs, coasters, magnets, ceramic tiles, and other items. Feldman and Gerstel dubbed their “cottage industry” Panache Photos because they both have a fondness for Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac. In this play, the title character—a swashbuckler whose large nose is more than matched by his impressive personality, wit, and poetic talent—prides himself on the white plume of his hat. This plume, or panache in French, represents his purity, flair, and style. Feldman and Gerstel associate these qualities with their photography, and they use an image of Cyrano in their logo.

Ms. Feldman and Mr. Gerstel strive “to give the viewer a ‘you-are-there’ perspective” and to depict “a slightly different way of looking at Philly.” Most importantly, they hope “to make people notice the lovely sites in our city that they may pass every day with hardly a glance.”

What: Exhibit of photographs, cards, coffee mugs, and ceramic tiles by Vickie Feldman and Brian Gerstel

Where: Uncommon Events Gallery, 2441 Aspen St., Philadelphia (Fairmount)

When: Opening reception May 8 at 6-9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2-5 through June 7

Admission: Free

Information: 215-687-2825

ARTIST TALK : Sally Mann | Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Upcoming Photographer Lecture on May 14, 2015 @ 7:30pm @ Philadelphia Central Library – – – – FREE Lecture!

One of America’s most intriguing photographers, Sally Mann’s trademark large black-and-white images of her family and the American South are included in the permanent collections of many of the world’s most prestigious museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been collected into eight groundbreaking books; she was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine in 2001; and she has been the subject of two Emmy and Oscar-nominated documentaries. Praised as “visceral and visionary” and “fiercely beautiful” by Patti Smith, Hold Still uses lyrical prose and expressive photos to depict Mann’s personal history and her preoccupation with family, mortality, and rural landscapes. 

To learn more about Sally Mann please click this link to an article in the NYTIMES by Sally Mann: CLICK HERE

Interfaith Peace Walk

In Keeping with the core mission of PPL to help organizations throughout Phila who are trying to build better communities for all …….. we have been asked via our friends at Pro Act to assist in documenting this interfaith peace march. Please see the request we received listed below and the POSTER.

+++++++++++ REQUEST +++++++++++++

Hi, my name is Jim McGovern and I am on the committee for an
annual event we call the Interfaith Peace Walk as well as being
on the committee for the Recovery Walk. 

Via that walk we heard of the wonderful picture taking you do for non-profit events. Well you can’t get more non-profit than we are. I’ll even include a little
story/chapter that rolls AA and us together. I’ll also attach our

The event is on April 26 and it is a real colorful event. if you’d choose
to help us out that would be grand. Our walk starts at 2 pm and the
closing meal is usually 6;30 pm. If you could only do a part of the walk
that would be fine.