FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org
PHOTOJOURNALISM EXHIBIT EXPLORES
EFFECTS OF SOCIAL CONFLICT AND IMPACT ON SOCIAL CHANGE
AT 707 PENN GALLERY
Lynn Johnson and Jen Saffron: The Koraput Survivors Project
July 12 through September 1, 2013
|Courtesy of Lynn Johnson and Jen Saffron|
Photojournalist Lynn Johnson is known for her intense and sensitive work. Over the years she has divided her time between assignments for LIFE, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and various foundations. Johnson has traveled from Siberia to Zambia and with her Leicas, climbed the radio antenna atop Chicago's Hancock Tower and dangled from helicopters in Antarctica. Though she has photographed notables from Tiger Woods to the entire Supreme Court, her favorite assignments are emotionally demanding stories about ordinary people.
Jen Saffron earned her BFA in Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Photography from Bard College. Saffron’s career has provided opportunities where she regularly exhibits her work and curates exhibitions of photography and film and serves as a speaker and panelist across the country. Saffron has also written independently for media journals and publications. At the University of Pittsburgh, Saffron has developed and taught courses, such as Photography of War, Conflict and Protest; Photography and its Social and Political Context; and American Photography/American Culture.
ABOUT 707 GALLERY
707 Penn Gallery is a project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. The gallery is located at 707 Penn Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Gallery Hours: Wed. & Thurs. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun.11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information about all gallery exhibits featured in the Cultural District, please visit www.TrustArts.org
ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.