Philly Photo Day is coming to the Northwest for the first time.
Friday, Oct. 26, is Philly Photo Day, an event run by the Kensington-based Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) where everyone in Philadelphia – residents and visitors alike – is invited to take a photograph on the same day.
The photograph can be of any subject, but must be taken within the city and only on Oct. 26. Every picture received will be printed and hung for exhibition at the Crane Arts Building in Kensington in December. Last year PPAC received nearly 900 images. The goal for this year: 2,000.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will kick off the third annual Philly Photo Day by taking the first official photograph, which will be taken at a press conference in front of the iconic Love statue in Love Park at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
Where to participate in NW Philadelphia
To increase access and participation, PPAC recruited teaching artists to visit 40 local community centers on Oct. 26. These artists will provide cameras and teach a basic photography curriculum. Artists and aspirants will then hit the streets, get their photos, and help participants select their best work for submission to PPAC. Photos will be uploaded directly to the Philly Photo Day website.
There will be four participating locations in the Northwest this year:
Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Face to Face, 109 Price St., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Northwest Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave, 1 to 4 p.m.
Roxborough Development Corporation, 6111 Ridge Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
PPAC, a non-profit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the greater Philadelphia region, will also partner with Clear Channel to place 40 Philly Photo Day pictures on billboards throughout the city. PPAC will also place 200 pictures on SEPTA buses and trains, creating a roving public exhibition of the work.
“At its core, Philly Photo Day is about increasing access to the arts for everyone in Philadelphia,” said Sarah Stolfa, executive director of PPAC. “By designating this day annually, PPAC provides a distinct opportunity for everyone in the city to make and view art.”