Ready For A Close-Up, Philadelphia? The Annual Philly Photo Day Is Tomorrow, Friday, October 18

Philly Photo Day serves as a colorful record of the city, through the eyes of its community members, at one moment in history. Be a part of it. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Photo Arts Center)

Say “cheese,” Philadelphia! This Friday, October 18 is the annual Philly Photo Day, a day-long initiative organized by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC).

Tomorrow, everyone in Philadelphia — whether visiting for the day or life-long resident — should take up a camera and take a picture of the city.

Participation in Philly Photo Day is truly as easy as snapping a photo and submitting it to PPAC.

Aiming to capture a panoramic snapshot of Philadelphia through thousands of lenses, aspiring photographers should take a shot of anything, anywhere in the city, with a digital camera, a phone or any device that creates a digital image.

Then, electronically submit the image to PPAC via upload to its website here from Friday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 23.

To submit, create a free account on the PPAC website (it only takes a minute), then log in to the account to upload masterpieces.

While amateurs and professionals are all welcome, participants are asked to submit just a single image to represent their point of view.

This year, PPAC also reaches out to local community centers, providing cameras and teaching artists to make participation in Philly Photo Day accessible to a wide audience.

The on-site artists at more than a dozen locations will teach photography basics like lighting and composition, and help participants select their best photos, ensuring widespread access. For community partner locations, check a here and see below.

Plus, this year brings free Philly Photo Day Photo Walks with photographers and PPAC members, Laura Krasnow and Gary Reed. Photographers can join Krasnow for a tour and photo walk in the city’s Callowhill district. Just meet at 2 p.m. in front of Cafe Lift (428 N. 13th Street).

For a tour and photo walk in Germantown, meet Reed at 2 p.m. at Imperfect Gallery (5601 Greene Street, one block south of Chelten on Greene).

But that’s not all. Select images will be transformed into as many as 60 works of public art, including both digital murals and billboards SEPTA buses and trains. One of those images could be yours!

Plus, every single picture received will be printed, and PPAC will hold an exhibition opening on November 14 highlighting the photos.

In 2011, the center received around 900 submissions. Last year, the center received more than 1800 submissions. This year, they’re expecting to top that number again.

Be a part of Philly Photo Day and share your view of the urban landscape.

Philly Photo Day 2013
When: Friday, October 18; exhibition opening on November 14
Where: Throughout the city, including Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street
Cost: Free
More info:

Community Partners Hosting Workshops and Digital Murals Include:
Asian Arts Initiative
Bethesda Project
Caring People Alliance
Casa Farnese
Drexel University 11st Street Family Health Services
Fleisher Art Memorial
Free Library of Philadelphia
The Goodlands
Norcomm Community Center
North Light Community Center
Northern Liberties Recreation Center/NLArts
Philly Cam
Portside Arts Center
Project Home
University City Arts League
The Village of Arts & Humanities



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