Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Photojournalism Exhibit at 707 Penn Gallery

Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-1578/Miles@TrustArts.org
Diana Roth, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, 412-471-8717/Roth@TrustArts.org



Lynn Johnson and Jen Saffron: The Koraput Survivors Project
July 12 through September 1, 2013

Courtesy of Lynn Johnson and Jen Saffron
Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced photojournalism exhibit opens at 707 Penn Gallery on Friday, July 12, 2013.   Lynn Johnson and Jen Saffron: The Koraput Survivors Project is a photographic exhibition that explores the destruction and recreation of a small community in Odisha State, India, documenting the stories of 500 villagers violently driven from their homes in a rising tide of religious intolerance. Since late 2011, Johnson and Saffron have been working in solidarity with Indian and U.S. community leaders and the Koraput Survivors, themselves, leveraging photography, writing and the power of physical presence as tools for positive social change. The exhibit will be open to the public Friday, July 12 through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

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.


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


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.
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