Essential Pittsburgh
3:57 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Carnegie Museum of Art Tells The Story of Pittsburgh With Your Photos

A photo submitted by Leeanne Schwartz with the caption "My grandson Logan Kovacs' first ride on the (Duquesne) Incline."
A photo submitted by Leeanne Schwartz with the caption "My grandson Logan Kovacs' first ride on the (Duquesne) Incline."
Credit Leeanne Schwartz / Hillman Photography Initiative CMOA

Pictures are said to be a way to capture moments forever and if one has enough pictures they can create a story. This thought is shared by the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art.

They're seeking photos from Pittsburgh residents to tell the city’s story, a people's history of Pittsburgh.

Program Manager Divya Rao Heffley said the project is the first of its kind and the artists who thought of it, Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar are asking people to share stories and photographs.

"We're asking people to go into their shoe boxes, go to the family photo albums, maybe the framed photograph that's been hanging on their wall for decades. Scan it. Upload it. Tell us the story of why this photograph is so great. What does it say about Pittsburgh? Why did you choose to live here? And it becomes part of this much bigger project where we are making these photographs available to the public on our website, nowseethis.org. And we are actually inviting people to the museum to bring their photographs in, to scan them, to meet these two artists."

Pittsburghers are encouraged to bring photographs to the Carnegie Museum of Art during scanning days,  July 19, 24 and 26, one can also upload photos on the Now See This Website.

Submissions will be accepted until the end of April 2015 but the photo album review process begins this December of this year.