The Gallery at Main, in alignment with the mission of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), seeks to provide access to artwork generated in community settings and/or to work that touches on community themes. The Gallery at Main reflects and complements services, programs, partnerships, and community events that our organization is engaged with in our community. Exhibits may be presented in a variety of formats and be reflective of community interests and needs.
Esther Bubley: Intimate Moments.
Esther Bubley (1921 – 1988) had the rare ability to raise the ordinary to the level of art. As protegee of Roy Stryker during the “golden age” of American Photojournalism, Bubley and many of her contemporaries wanted to document-the daily life of the American people. In the early 1950s, Stryker hired a group of these photographers to shoot Pittsburgh as it was. The project was one of the largest photographic documentation ventures ever undertaken in America at the time. The resulting Pittsburgh Photographic Library is a collection of over 11,000 black-and-white negatives rich with the history of Pittsburgh.
Although spending much of her time on Stryker’s assignments and corporate clients, Bubley was most significantly a “people photographer” and had the uncanny ability to achieve intimacy with her subjects. People going about their ordinary, everyday lives were her favorite subjects.
“Intimate Moments” seeks to showcase the quiet moments that Bubley was able to capture, therefore showcasing the highs, and the lows, of life in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.