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Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region. The organization fulfills this mission by offering educational programs, photographic exhibitions, lectures by practicing artists, and affordable access to high-end digital equipment for the creation of photographs. PPAC is a resource for both practicing artists as well as individuals interested in learning about all aspects of contemporary photography. PPAC provides needed technical services and instruction and promotes the relationships and connections that will lead to a more vibrant photography community.


United States
1400 N. American Street Suite 103
Phone: 215-232-5678
Fax: 267-324-3268
Website: http://www.philaphotoarts.org

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Artists Represented

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is proud to announce a solo exhibition of the New York based artist Blake Carrington. Utilizing a creative practice that incorporates appropriation, performance and the creation of customized software translating sound into visual data, Carrington will be presenting a selection of two projects, one of which has been produced in collaboration with the Urban Archives at Temple University. In addition to the physical exhibition at PPAC, Carrington will also be conducting two audio-visual performances which illuminate the process by which many of his works are created.

Current Exhibitions

March 13th-May 17th, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 6-9pm

Forthcoming Exhibitions

March 13th-May 17th, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 13th, 6-9pm

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce Cast, a group exhibition featuring the work of Dru Donovan, Amy Elkins, Tarrah Kranjak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolocan. Using the human body and variations of historic and commercial conventions of portraiture, these artists challenge the conceptual constraints of how a portrait functions while addressing issues regarding authorship and control, as well as our stereotypes and perceived sense of beauty.

Dru Donovan presents an investigation of mourning in her book, Lifting Water. The tableaus explore the rituals of caregiving while shifting perspectives between the caregiver and the cared for. Donovan focuses on the psychological weight of physical proximity alongside emotional isolation.

Black is the Day, Black is the Night by Amy Elkins is a conceptual project surrounding the correspondence between several men serving Life and Death Row sentences throughout the United States and the artist. The text pieces, digital composites, appropriated images and portraits are constructed or digit... [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Of the Ordinary
February 9 - April 15 2012
Featuring Work By:
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
Alyse Emdur
Ron Jude
Jason Lazarus
Christian Patterson
Ofer Wolberger

Of the Ordinary is comprised of imagery that was never intended to be experienced in the context of a gallery or museum. The exhibition investigates various approaches in which artists create, reorganize and interpret archives of photographs to generate new meaning. The focus of this exhibition is an interest in the political implications of portraiture, highlighting the various ways in which images are created, distributed and experienced.

Pa Bouje Ankò: Don’t Move Again by Laura Heyman
December 1st 2011-February 4th 2012

True Fiction
September 9 - November 27
Featuring Work By:
Yasser Aggour
Kelli Connell
Gregory Crewdson
La Toya Ruby Frazier
Beate GĂĽtschow
Bradley Peters
Taryn Simon
Chad States
Elaine Stocki

The photographs featured in True Fiction exist between truth and fantasy, working within the lines of the documentary and tableau genres. With the onslaught of digital imaging technology, it is increasingly more difficult... [ Read all ]

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Art Fairs

PPAC Book Fair 2014
Saturday & Sunday March 29th/30th
Free & open to the public

PPAC will be hosting its 5th annual book fair in March of 2014. A number of local, national and international presses, publishers and artists will be in attendance selling books, prints and other ephemera.

For more details including an up to date list of vendors and programming, please visit: philaphotoarts.org/events/book-fair/

Participants (Partial list)
Conveyor Arts
Duke Center for Documentary Studies
Oranberg Press
Spaces Corners
MACK Books
Matt Cavanaugh
Vox Populi
Photo Book Arts
ICA Philadelphia
Ryan Foley
Aperture Foundation
Light Work
Flat Fix
Good Game Magazine
Houseboat Press
Empty Stretch
Kyle Tata & Ginevra Shay
TBW Books

Artist Talks/Presentations (Times to be announced):

Denise Wolff- Aperture Foundation (Time to be confirmed)
Alien She Panel Discussion/12-2pm
Anouk Kruithof+Christof NĂĽssli/ 2:15pm
Christina Labey- Conveyor Arts/ 3:15pm
Thilde Jensen +Valerio Spada/4:15pm
Jen Davis/6pm

Alien She Zine Workshop/ 12-2
Alex Klein- ICA Philadelphia/ 1pm
Paul Salveson/ 2... [ Read all ]

Submission Policy

PPAC Submission Policy:
Submissions should include:
1. Work Samples (Should be sent on a DVD or CD in JPEG format, no larger than 300 DPI at approximately 3×5” – Please, no flash or html presentations, send image files only).
2. Image list detailing title of piece, dimensions, media.
3. Artist Statement
4. Resume

Please deliver general submissions to:
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Attn: General Submissions
1400 N. American Street, Suite 103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of submissions, materials cannot be returned. We will contact you if we are considering your work for exhibition.


Artist Lecture & Book Signing:
Jen Davis
Saturday, March 29th, 2014

In conjunction with the 2014 Book Fair, please join us for a lecture and book signing with Jen Davis as we celebrate the release of her first monograph Jen Davis 11 Years (Kehrer Verlag). The culmination of over a decade’s worth of work, 11 Years dives into the complex territory of self-portraiture in order to reveal aspects of contemporary society that are overlooked, pushed aside, or ignored all together. Using a blend of biography and fantasy, Davis deftly weaves a narrative that threads beauty, body image, desire and identity through a focused meditation of her own personal story. Jen Davis (b. 1978) is a Brooklyn based photographer. Davis has exhibited widely including at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Photography at Woodstock; Light Work Gallery, Syracuse; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. Davis’s photographs are in many public and private collections, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Fine ... [ Read all ]


Sarah Stolfa, Executive Director
Christopher Gianunzio, Exhibitions Coordinator

Opening Times

Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday 12pm-8pm
Thursday 12pm-8pm
Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 12pm-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm