September 17, 2013 | Vol. 74 No. 8

Faceburgh on display at South Side Welcome Ctr.

The South Side Chamber of Commerce will present the work of South Side street photographer Matte Braidic in an exhibition entitled “Faceburgh: Portraits of a City” running Sept. 19 at the South Side Welcome Center, 1100 E. Carson St.

Since April 2011, Mr. Braidic has captured more than 23,000 candid street-level images of the diverse tapestry of faces comprising 21st century Pittsburgh. Using social media, he’s shared them with the world in a project he called Faceburgh which quickly gained an international following.

In a 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profile, Mr. Braidic described his work as capturing the public “promenade” of everyday life in Pittsburgh.

“Human beings are the most interesting subjects you can stick in front of a camera,” he said. “[My photography] reinforces what I like about Pittsburgh. It’s a city. It’s a vibrant city with all sorts of characters walking down the sidewalks -- this isn’t just a one-faced town. ... [Faceburgh] is a photo census of Pittsburgh. I don’t discriminate. Anyone who walks in front of my lens, I snap.”

An artist’s reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Welcome Center to unveil a meticulously curated, dramatically displayed sampling of Mr. Braidic’s work.

Complimentary beer and wine will be available for those 21 and over, plus live music and food for sale from the Allegheny City Smokehouse, PGH Crepes, Skinny Pete’s Kitchen and Tootie’s Famous Italian Beef. Music by C Street Bass and Justin Greenwald on accordion.

The exhibit will remain on display at the South Side Welcome Center through October.

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