Take Two: Contemporary Photographs

Explore how contemporary artists have responded to changes in culture and technology by refashioning or rejecting photography’s conventions.
This is the second of two exhibitions in the Julien Levy Gallery to feature photographs made since roughly 1970, a period during which photography emerged as a key medium of contemporary art.

By the 1960s, photography had established pictorial traditions and standards of craftsmanship. But cultural changes, new technologies, and the rise of Conceptual art compelled many artists to revise or reject these conventions. Gerhard Richter, for example, manipulated seemingly ordinary snapshots to expose the fictional nature of even the most convincing photographic scenes. Robert Rauschenberg injected a Pop sensibility in works that reflect our increasingly mediated and image-saturated world. Cindy Sherman, Zhang Huan, and others have since explored these issues from many intriguing angles.
For all of its mediated fictions, photography is also intensely immediate and sensual, bringing us into electrifying contact with bodies, emotions, and social realities. Artists such as William E. Parker and Paul Cava explore the medium’s expressive, even erotic potential, sometimes combining photography with paint and ink. Others, including Dawoud Bey and David Goldblatt, use the camera to document and reveal alternative histories of overlooked or marginalized subjects. And artists such as An-My Lê harness a deep awareness of history and popular culture to confront the complexities of contemporary life.


Once again PPL will cover this important Philadelphia area event ….. the largest of its kind in the nation.

Check out our work from last year !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP2A9iFW_9s


WHERE : Penn’s Landing and surrounding area

MEET LOCATION : Corner of 2nd and Market Streets (Continental Diner on the SE corner)

LOGISTICS : Please arrive by 7:45am. We will go to the registration area as a group to obtain our credentials ……. the Walk begins at 9:00 am but we have photos to take before the walk begins.

More Information will be shared at our monthly meeting on August 14th. And I will send an email to all members as we get closer to the 19th.

+++++++++++ IMPORTANT TO DO ITEM +++++++++++
If you plan to photograph with the PPL Team please email me (mpbrowna@yahoo.com)  the information listed below (use the CONTACT BUTTON on the left side of the screen below “Organizers”) …….. we need your information no later than SEPT 3rd at 6pm ……..

- Full Name
- Mailing Address
- Email Address
- Cell Phone for Contact on the 19th
- T-Shirt Size

This will be compiled and submitted to Pro-Act on the evening of the 3rd.

PPL Monthly Meetup – And “Anniversary Party”

PPL is excited to continue the tradition of our annual “Anniversary” meetup at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row.  

We will have a brief meeting to discuss PPL business and use the rest of the time to get caught up with old friends and get to know our new members. Feel free to bring prints if you’d like to share your work with others. Look forward to seeing you all there!

A full menu catered by Cosmic Cafe will be provided in the beautiful upstairs room with outside deck overlooking the boathouses. Wine, Beer, Soda and Water will be provided.

COST: $12 per person (includes appetizers, sandwiches, beverages, beer/wine, dessert and gratuity !!! )

RSVP: Please RSVP on the Meetup Site and then CLICK HERE to pay in advance !

**RSVPs and payment must be received no later than midnight on Monday, September 14 so that we can properly plan food quantities, seating, etc.

Meandering with MikeK at the Navy Yard

Had to change the date to a weekday as Yard seems to be mostly closed on weekend. Meet at the AT+T station ( last stop on the Broad St subway) There is a free Navy Yard Loop shuttle that picks up at AT+T at 5:02, 5:24  Lets get down there and shoot for that 5:24 bus so we can enter the yard together. There is one at 5:46 also if you are late. 

That yard is open till 8:00PM

The last shuttle leave the Broad St Gate at 7:30 so lets shoot to be back there by then. One could always walk but it is a mile to the subway. 

More details on itinerary later. 


Save the date for a trip to the happening Navy Yard office park. The active base is reduced to some R&D labs and the mothballed fleet. We will check out the cruisers and destroyers and the mighty John F Kennedy air craft carrier. A lot of the former base building are now occupied by Urban Outfitters and their brands. There is a whole new section of award winning headquarter buildings for pharma companies, Tastykakes, etc http://www.navyyard.org

Already at 11,000 jobs more than 10,00 that worked at the base when it closed. This is a Philadelphia redevelopment success story. 

Here is a pre planned tour http://www.navyyard.org/information-and-directions/walking-tour-visitors-guide/

More to come. Fee $15, free to contributing members.

Port Richmond Meander with Mike K revisited

We never finished the big circuit last time we did Port Richmond. I have a friend in town Sunday who wants to do the trek and see the new East Coast GreenWay trail segment that was finished about fall last year. 

So I am scheduling a last minute meander and all are invited to come along. Reduced fee, only $5   Weather should be mostly sunny and mid 80’s.

We will meet a Campbell Square right on Allegheny Ave. as it is easy to find and parking on street also easy, especially on a Sunday.   Meet by the main entry arch on Allegheny side around 2:00 PM

We will proceed down Allegheny to Richmond St. There is a Wawa there if you want to get coffee. The trail starts right there under I-95. Last time we saw the row homes and small businesses of Port Richmond. This time we go BIG and see the heavy industry that gives the neighborhood its name. We won’t see people working on Sunday but we also won’t be dealing with heavy truck traffic and noise. Will be a very peaceful walk past some very tall structures. 

We will proceed to Pulaski Park at the end of Allegheny. Hang out with the casual fishermen. Get up and personal with the Delaware River. If the tide is not too high you can get down to the rocky shore and touch the water. Some nice views from here.

Then back on the trail. Past Kinder Morgan tank farm, then the port facilities. Behind fences for security but you can see to the river in most places. See the huge(300 ft?) crane on wheels. See the bigger cranes for ship unloading. Past the Philly Port Authority Headquarters with the anchor out front. 

Last time I was here the flowers and trees were blooming. Should be nice and green. Continuing on past the Philly Gas Works and Water Treatment. Down to Lewis street to see how the Delaware Ave extension bridge is coming along. May be sneak a view under the Betsy Ross Bridge. See if the freight train to NJ runs by. There is a hidden path to where people like to go fishing above the Frankford Creek (I just discovered it last time) 

To end of Lewis at Richmond St. Go south back to Allegheny Ave. 

See the progress on repurposing a factory into retail on Richmond side and apartments.

Maybe a quick swing by Czerw’s Kielbasy and Polish American String Band building. 

Then get a drink at Byrne’s Tavern, a great place for wings and crabs since 1978. 

One block and you are back at Allegheny and the Wawa.