Past Present Future

The Silver Eye Center of Photography was my neighbor when I had a studio in Pittsburgh's South Side. I spent a lot of time there and absorbed as much photography as I could. The Silver Eye has a new home in the Garfield neighborhood and I'm please to announce that several photographs from Sixteen Sundays are currently part of Past, Present, Future at the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh PA. It's the best place to see photography in Pittsburgh.

 Riverside Park. Pittsburgh 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

Riverside Park. Pittsburgh 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

  Kickoff. Steelers vs. Titans. Heinz Field 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

 Kickoff. Steelers vs. Titans. Heinz Field 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

  2004 AFC Championship Game. Heinz Field 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

 2004 AFC Championship Game. Heinz Field 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

 “KISS ME JEROME" Latrobe, PA 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

“KISS ME JEROME" Latrobe, PA 2005. © Kevin Francis Sweeney

Exhibition on the walls of Silver Eye

Exhibit captions for Past Present Future

For more images from this project visit my portfolio or sixteensundays.com

 

PAST PRESENT FUTURE: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA'S PEOPLE AND PLACES
JUNE 27 - AUGUST 19, 2017

Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

silvereye.org

Hometown

I was recently on press for Hometown by Barbara Peacock. I met Barb several years ago in New York City. Our next meeting occurred at the printing of Willard Pate's with animals. That meeting began the collaborative process of creating a photo book for her long term project about Westford, MA.

When working on a book project I become intimately aware of every detail in a book and almost every nuance of each photograph. Every book project has its challenges, and in the end I'm very happy with what we accomplished. Some things we solved ahead of time, and only a few things needed to be adjusted on press.

I had a wonderful time with Barb and her friends while we were at Puritan Press in Hollis, NH. But it was even more special to see Westford, where Barb grew up and photographed for her project. Barb's project was easy to connect with personally, and I felt like I got to know her hometown. It was a pleasure to work with Barb and I already miss talking all the time. 

Hometown 

Cuba Street Portraits

Last November I traveled to Cuba with Walker Evans as inspiration. I took several cameras and used them each in different ways. Though I could get no cell phone service in Havana, I used my iPhone solely as a camera. Before my trip I was a supporter of a Kickstarter campaign for the COVR Photo Lens Case and was lucky enough to get one of the first ones before I left for Cuba. It is a custom made iPhone case with a retractable right-angle prism that covers the camera lens. It provides a certain element of anonymity when taking photographs because people are so used to seeing people holding their phones. I used it quite a bit in tight spaces and on the streets of Havana. Most of the time people did not notice me or instead wondered what I was taking pictures of down the street. I didn't use it for every camera phone image but I did find it very useful for capturing people unaware. 

Prints are available.