Little Pete's in happier times
May 29th marked the one-year anniversary of Little Pete’s closing...

The building has been demolished and digging for the foundation has begun on the trendy Hyatt hotel that’s to be finished sometime in 2020.


Over the last four months I’ve been spending a lot of time photographing a block away from Little Pete’s, in Rittenhouse Square Park and I’ve run into former employees and long time regular customers. All of  whom are still greatly saddened at the loss of this institution.

 

We reminisce about Pete’s and talk about how nothing in center city, has been able to take its place. A few admit venturing to the MidTown III, being it’s the last remaining real diner in Center City. All concede, you don’t get the feeling of home like you did at Little Pete’s.


Over the last year and a half there have been rumors floating about the demise of MidTown III. How soon until the diner becomes just a fond memory of Americana?

 
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The Woodmere Annual: 77th Juried Exhibition
Saturday June 2nd marked the opening of The Woodmere Annual. I'm please and proud to have my work hanging among other talented Philadelphians. You can find my photograph "Philadelphia 802; My Luck's Gonna Change" in the mezzanine of the rotunda. The exhibition runs until September 3rd, 2018.

Woodmere’s annual juried exhibition highlights contemporary work in a wide variety of media by artists living within fifty miles of the Museum. This year’s juror is Syd Carpenter, a sculptor and professor of studio art at Swarthmore College who invited artists and craftspeople to submit work in all media that reference the land, the transience of the body, and the skill of the maker. The exhibition will include work curated from the museum’s collection as well as work by Carpenter.

The exhibition will feature works in a wide variety of media from artists living within 50 miles of the Museum.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated digital catalogue and has been featured in the latest episode of Woodmere's podcast, Diving Board. To subscribe and listen, click here.

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MoMA and Lonely New York
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WHAT: Philadelphia PIER 124, a historic anthracite coal loading pier once part of The Reading Railroad’s sprawling Port Richmond Yards.

Offering one of the best views of the Philadelphia Skyline, this Industrial Stonehenge sits opposite Interstate 95 from the recently gentrified Fishtown neighborhood.

Hidden down a dirt path and covered by overgrown brush, Graffiti Pier has seen an increase of visitors and participants due to its compelling Instagram imagery and geotags.

Decommissioned by Conrail in 1991 and now known as Graffiti Pier, this unsanctioned open-air art gallery was produced by street artists, graffiti geniuses, and mere wall taggers.

Penn's portfolio of 93 color images taken between 2015 and 2017 is a never to be repeated moment in time for this outlawed tourist attraction.

IN MAY OF 2018, THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HAS DECLARED PIER 124 “OFF LIMITS” AND BEGUN PROSECUTING TRESPASSERS.  LIKE OTHER GRAFFITI SITES; AUSTIN’S HOPE OUTDOOR GALLERY AND NEW YORK’S 5POINTZ, THE FATE OF THE GRAFFITI PIER IS DOOMED.

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