'Faceburgh' exhibit puts best face forward

Written by Kim Lyons on .

The feeling of recognition is sort of uncanny with the Faceburgh project; it's like recognizing an actor from a TV show but not being able to put a name to the face.

But Faceburgh is a photo essay, a collection of images showing "who" Pittsburgh is.

Photographer Matte Braidic said the project grew organically from his daily routine. "Every day, I sit in cafes, with my dog, smoke cigarettes and drink coffee," he said. "This is how the world looks as it passes my eyes."

Braidic started taking the candid, street-level photos in 2011, and amassed a collection of more than 23,000 faces. The PG's Dan Gigler wrote about the project last year, complete with a slideshow of the Faceburgh images Braidic had collected to that point.

Choosing 35 pictures from his collection for an upcoming exhibit at the South Side Welcome Center was no small task, but Braidic said he's happy with the results.

"This is a celebration of Pittsburgh," he said.

An artist's reception will be held Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Side Welcome Center. The exhibit will remain on display at the Welcome Center through October.

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Also, check out Dan Gigler's story about the photographer from 2012.

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 All images courtesy Matte Braidic



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