Public Art in Focus

September 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Seeing Philadelphia’s sculpture through a new lens!

AMOR - Public Art in Focus

In September 2016, the Association for Public Art (aPA) presented Public Art in Focus, a month-long series of photography workshops led by Philadelphia-based photographers. This series was promoted in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and supported by Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco).

Designed for participants at all levels, eight photography workshops were held near public sculptures at various sites along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive, Center City, and West Fairmount Park. The “focus” of these workshops were Night Photography, Macro Photography, Composition Photography, and Phone Photography.

Photographers leading the workshops included: Chuck Bonfig, Josh Brilliant, Meredith Edlow, Albert Lee, Richard Leung, David Maialetti, Rachael Mae Smith, and Stefan Suchanec.

 

See below for more information on the workshops that took place.

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Public Art in Focus Photography Workshops

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Macro Photography 

Participants studied the details of public artworks and learned techniques for macro and close-up photography. The first workshop was led by Stefan Suchanec (@stef.c.photo) and highlighted the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial on Kelly Drive.  The second workshop was led by Richard Leung (@rlleung) and hosted at Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees near the Horticulture Center. Smartphones or cameras could be used for these workshops.

Winning photo from Stefan Suchanec’s Macro Photography workshop. Photo by Marianne Andrulewich. (Sculpture: Spanning the Continent)

 

Macro Photography Led by STEFAN SUCHANEC, @stef.c.photo
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, Kelly Drive, south of Girard Avenue Bridge
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Macro Photography Led by RICHARD LEUNG, @rlleung

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Drive
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Phone Photography 

Participants learned how to master their smartphone camera with Philadelphia-based Instagrammers. The first workshop, led by David Maialetti (@maialetti), took place at Louise Nevelson’s Atmosphere and Environment XII, Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness, and Robert Indiana’s AMOR. The second workshop was led by Chuck Bonfig (@chuckseye) and took place at Iroquois Park near Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois and Roxy Paine’s Symbiosis.

Winning photo from Chuck Bonfig’s Phone Photography workshop. Photo by Sharina Mason. (Sculpture: Joan of Arc)

 

Phone Photography Led by DAVID MAIALETTI, @maialetti
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Phone Photography Led by CHUCK BONFIG, @chuckseye

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Iroquois Park, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Composition Photography 

Participants learned tips and techniques for composing a compelling photograph. The first workshop was led by Rachel Mae Smith (@thecraftedlife) and explored artworks in Dilworth Park. The second workshop was held in Rittenhouse Square, capturing Paul Manship’s Duck Girl, Antoine-Louis Barye’s Lion Crushing a Serpent, and Albert Laessle’s Billy and was led by Albert Lee (@urphillypal). Smartphones or cameras could be used for these workshops.

Winning photo from Albert Lee’s Composition Photography workshop. Photo by Mary Walton. (Sculpture: Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial)

 

Composition Photography Led by RACHEL MAE SMITH, @thecraftedlife
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Dilworth Park, 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Composition Photography Led by ALBERT LEE, @urphillypal

Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street between 18th and 19th Street
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Night Photography 

Participants explored low-level light and night photography on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The first workshop, led by Josh Brilliant (@phila_photoarts), was held at Logan Circle near Alexander Stirling Calder’s Swann Memorial Fountain, and the second workshop, led by Meredith Edlow (@medlowminus), took place at the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, highlighting Albert Wolff’s The Lion Fighter and August Kiss’s The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther. DSLR cameras were required for these workshops.

Winning photo from Josh Brilliant’s Night Photography workshop. Photo by Bill Raich. (Sculpture: Swann Memorial Fountain)

 

Night Photography Led by JOSH BRILLIANT, @phila_photoarts
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Logan Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Night Photography Led by MEREDITH EDLOW, @medlowminus
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Front Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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presented by

with support from

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Public Art in Focus was promoted in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and supported by Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco).
In-kind support was provided by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and PhotoLounge.

Public Art in Focus Photography Workshops

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Macro Photography 

Mounted_Amazon_Macro-croppedStudy the details of public artworks and learn techniques for macro and close-up photography. The first workshop will be led by Stefan Suchanec (@stef.c.photo) and will highlight the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial on Kelly Drive.  The second workshop will be led by Richard Leung (@rlleung) and hosted at Martin Puryear’s Pavilion in the Trees near the Horticulture Center. Smartphone or camera can be used for these workshops!

 

Macro Photography Led by STEFAN SUCHANEC, @stef.c.photo
Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, Kelly Drive, south of Girard Avenue Bridge
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Macro Photography Led by RICHARD LEUNG, @rlleung

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Horticulture Center, 100 N Horticultural Drive
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Phone Photography 

iPhone_Washington_IG-croppedLearn how to master your smartphone camera with Philadelphia-based Instagrammers. The first workshop, led by David Maialetti (@maialetti), will take place at Louise Nevelson’s Atmosphere and Environment XII, Jacob Epstein’s Social Consciousness, and Robert Indiana’s AMOR. The second workshop will be led by Chuck Bonfig (@chuckseye) and will take place at Iroquois Park near Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois and Roxy Paine’s Symbiosis.

 

Phone Photography Led by DAVID MAIALETTI, @maialetti
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Phone Photography Led by CHUCK BONFIG, @chuckseye

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Iroquois Park, 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Composition Photography 

Learn tips and techniques for composing a compelling photograph. The first workshop will be led by Rachel Mae Smith (@thecraftedlife) and will explore artworks in Dilworth Park. The second workshop will be held in Rittenhouse Square, capturing Paul Manship’s Duck Girl, Antoine-Louis Barye’s Lion Crushing a Serpent, and Albert Laessle’s Billy and will be led by Albert Lee (@urphillypal). Smartphone or camera can be used for these workshops!

 

Composition Photography Led by RACHEL MAE SMITH, @thecraftedlife
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1pm-3pm
Dilworth Park, 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Composition Photography Led by ALBERT LEE, @urphillypal

Monday, September 12, 2016, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Rittenhouse Square, Walnut Street between 18th and 19th Street
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

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Night Photography – *DSLR camera required!

Explore low-level light and night photography on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The first workshop, led by Josh Brilliant (@phila_photoarts), will be held at Logan Circle near Alexander Stirling Calder’s Swann Memorial Fountain, and the second workshop, led by Meredith Edlow (@medlowminus), will take place at the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, highlighting Albert Wolff’s The Lion Fighter and August Kiss’s The Mounted Amazon Attacked by a Panther.

 

Registration_required_Red_Transparent 2Night Photography Led by JOSH BRILLIANT, @phila_photoarts
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Logan Square, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Night Photography Led by MEREDITH EDLOW, @medlowminus
Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Front Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

 

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presented by

with support from

AIMCO_logos

Public Art in Focus is promoted in partnership with the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and supported by Apartment Investment and Management Company (Aimco).
In-kind support provided by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and PhotoLounge.

Chuck Bonfig
CHUCK BONFIG
Instagram: @chuckseye
Phone Photography Workshop, September 18th

A lifelong Philadelphian, Chuck Bonfig grew up a photography nerd with a darkroom in his basement throughout high school and college. That went away with marriage and kids, but was rekindled years ago with the purchase of an iPhone, the discovery of Instagram and the birth of mobile photography. An Instagram Suggested User in 2015.

 

Josh Brilliant
JOSH BRILLIANT
Instagram: @phila_photoarts
Night Photography Workshop, September 14th

Josh Brilliant is a Philadelphia artist that holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. He is the Education Coordinator at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and is an Adjunct Professor at The College of New Jersey.

 

Meredith Edlow
MEREDITH EDLOW 
Instagram: @medlowminus
Night Photography Workshop, September 23rd

Meredith Edlow is a freelance photographer and videographer in Philadelphia. For 5 1/2 years she worked for Visit Philadelphia, producing photography and destination video content. Currently she freelances in photography working within PR and marketing, shoots for Philadelphia news outlets, including the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer and is adjunct faculty at Temple University. Her work has been published in outlets around the globe, online and in print.

 

Albert Lee
ALBERT LEE
Instagram: @urphillypal
Composition Photography Workshop, September 12th

Albert Lee is a proud Philly native who is passionate about community building, street photography and promoting Philadelphia. His photography work can be seen on visitphilly.com, phlvisitorcenter.com, metro.us/philadelphia. He would love to survive on a diet of phở and chocolate-covered pretzels.

 

Richard Leung
RICHARD LEUNG
Instagram: @rlleung
Macro Photography Workshop, September 24th

An avid nature lover, Richard Leung has been photographing insects and other natural history subjects for over a decade. His photographs have appeared in field guides, academic publications, and magazines around the world.

 

 

David Maialetti
DAVID MAIALETTI
Instagram: @maialetti
Phone Photography Workshop, September 8th

Philadelphia Inquirer photographer David Maialetti spends most days lugging around cameras photographing the good, bad and everything in between. His mobile photography has earned accolades on Instagram and mainstream media. Forbes.com named him one of “10 Instagram Photographers You Should Follow.” He is also a photography instructor in Gonzaga University’s study abroad program (Italy).

Rachael Mae Smith
RACHEL MAE SMITH
Instagram: @thecraftedlife
Composition Photography Workshop, September 10th

Based in Philadelphia, Rachel Mae Smith loves do-able DIYS and strives to make crafting easy, colorful and fun over on her blog The Crafted Life. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Garden, and more. She believes that given the right set of directions, anyone is capable of making.

 

Stefan Suchanec
STEFAN SUCHANEC
Instagram: @stef.c.photo
Macro Photography Workshop, September 6th

Stefan Suchanec is a freelance photographer based out of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. When he’s not photographing Philadelphia, he works as an HR Business Partner for a technology company.

The public shared their best photos of Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture in an online contest!

#PublicArtInFocus

Congratulations to our Winners!

Below are the winning photos from our Public Art in Focus series. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Joan of Arc - Phone Photography Workshop Winning Photo
Winning photo from Chuck Bonfig’s Phone Photography workshop. Photo by Sharina Mason. (Sculpture: Joan of Arc)
AMOR - Phone Photography Workshop
Winning photo from David Maialetti’s Phone Photography workshop. Photo by John Stritzinger. (Sculpture: AMOR)
The Lion Fighter - Night Photography Workshop
Winning photo from Meredith Edlow’s Night Photography workshop. Photo by Mason Wendell. (Sculpture: The Lion Fighter)
Government of the People - Composition Photography Workshop
Winning photo from Rachel Mae Smith’s Composition Photography workshop. Photo by Brooke Baldwin. (Sculpture: Government of the People)
AMOR - Phone Photography Workshop
Winning photo from David Maialetti’s Phone Photography workshop. Photo by Michele Tremblay. (Sculpture: Atmosphere and Environment XII)
Spanning the Continent - Macro Photography Workshop
Winning photo from Stefan Suchanec’s Macro Photography workshop. Photo by Marianne Andrulewich. (Sculpture: Spanning the Continent)
Swann Memorial Fountain - Night Photography Workshop
Winning photo from Josh Brilliant’s Night Photography workshop. Photo by Bill Raich. (Sculpture: Swann Memorial Fountain)
Sundial - Macro Photography workshop
Winning photo from Richard Leung’s Macro Photography workshop. Photo by Audra Viehland. (Sculpture: Sundial)
Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial - Composition Photography Workshop
Winning photo from Albert Lee’s Composition Photography workshop. Photo by Mary Walton. (Sculpture: Evelyn Taylor Price Memorial Sundial )

 

The public was asked to submit their best photos of Philadelphia’s sculpture through an online form or by using #publicartinfocus on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by 11:59PM EST on Thursday, September 28th. The aPA then asked the public to vote for their favorite photos, ONE of which, we announced as the winner! The Association for Public Art’s (aPA) interactive map was provided for inspiration.

Voting and Prizes!

The public could VOTE for their favorite photos online. The top #publicartinfocus image received:

Other winners were selected from our Public Art in Focus Photography Workshops.

 

Dates for Contest:

September 26, 2016 was the last day to submit entries
September 28, 2016 was the last day to vote
October 6, 2016 was the closing event

Closing Event at Park Towne Place

Thursday, October 6, 5:30 pm-7:30pm
The Oar Pub, South Tower of Park Towne Place Museum District Residences
2200 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

*THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

FREE reception and photo exhibit that celebrated the Public Art in Focus series. All were welcome to attend! 

Night Photography workshop at Swann Fountain
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2016 for the Association for Public Art

Public Art in Focus concluded with a free reception and photography exhibit (refreshments served) on Thursday, October 6th at Aimco’s Park Towne Place Museum District Residences. Select photos from the series were on display, including those taken by Public Art in Focus workshop participants and a “People’s Choice” favorite from the #PublicArtinFocus online contest.

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