Faceburgh: Portraits of a City

Published On September 13, 2013 | By Jeff Ihaza | The Arts

1184815_626970590687766_1799206840_nIf you asked a stranger “What is the face of Pittsburgh,” the first image that might come to mind is a burly Steelers fan with a thick beard scarfing down a Primanti sandwich, coleslaw splattered over his black and yellow Buccos t-shirt. Photographer Matte Braidić sees things differently though, he’s spent almost two years capturing the complexity of the daily lives of Pittsburgh residents in an effort to answer that question about his native city. His approach was as straightforward as it gets—he took to the streets with a camera.


Since April 2011, Braidic has captured over 23,000 images of the diverse tapestry of faces that comprise 21st century Pittsburgh. Using social media he shared them with the world in a project he calls faceburgh.


On Thursday September 19th from 6-9pm, an exhibit of Matte’s findings will be presented at a reception at the South Side Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center.


There will be complimentary beer and wine for those 21 and over, plus live music by Justin Greenwald, DJ 7UP and C Street Brass and food for purchase from Allegheny City Smokehouse, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen, Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef and Pgh Crepes.

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