That ain't Pittsburgh.


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That ain't Pittsburgh.

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heinäkuu 13, 2011, 4:40pm

The photo on this group’s home page is a masterpiece, a work of art of prize-winning quality. It is not a photo of Pittsburgh. It is of a lowball Disneyland mockup of a small-to-middle-sized midwestern city spindizzied down on the place where Pittsburgh used to be.
Cities played a great role in World War II: Madrid, Nanking, Shanghai, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Dunkirk, London, Singapore, Moscow. But of all these cities, two deserve the prime honor of having defeated the Axis: one is Stalingrad and the other is Pittsburgh.
Google some photos, folks.

tammikuu 29, 2012, 2:28pm

I'm not quite sure that I agree with you...?? I see your point. But, from MY perspective, the photo of the "Golden Triangle" is THE photo that best epitomizes our amazing town.
Pittsburgh is NOT just the point, the rivers, the hills (where this photo was taken from), the river valleys (where all of that industry that 'defeated the Axis' occurred), the skyscrapers (that partially represent all of those businesses that helped forge the industry that helped win the war), etc..

BUT - this photo is the BEST, in my opinion, because it IS of the point. the place where it all started. And not just by "US" - I'm talking prior to the white man. Even prior to the native N. Americans. Sure, people realized this was a very strategic place to observe, scout, have a base at, travel to/from, build on. But you are only considering the HUMAN perspective. And that's why some other photo wouldn't COMPLETELY represent WHAT Pittsburgh is founded on.

The Golden Triangle, as all of learned in school, is that special of confluences. The rare, north-flowing, one-of-the-oldest-in-the-world Monongahela River snakes it's way out of the mountains, muddy. And the south-flowing, more pure waters draining down from New York, having found it way from old glaciers melting back.

Yes, this is more of an added, geological perspective on that photo. But to me, regardless of who settled here and why - this POINT was the seed for why everything important came after it. There would be no military fort, paper mill, glass factory, brewery, iron and coke and steel works, boating, riverfront bike trails, kayaking or anything else if it weren't for this spot. this place, this POINT.

There are MANY, fine photographers who lived here or came here to capture Pittsburgh at the height of (or thereabouts) it's industrial glory: W. Eugene Smith, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Clyde Hare, Luke Swank, Frank Bingaman, Esther Bubley, Abram M. Brown. They photographed the city for "A Pittsburgh Album" as part of the Pittsburgh Bicentennial, under the supervision of Roy Stryker. Or they amassed a lifetime's worth of prints and negatives, working for one of Pittsburgh's daily newspapers. All of these photographs and more would be collected into what became the Pittsburgh Photographic Library (PPL), which is now housed at the Carnegie Library's Main branch in Oakland. There is an impressive representation of these online:

To me, there are a lot of photos that capture the many sides of our beautiful and unique city. But THIS photo is perfect. It has nothing to do with Disneyland. To every Pittsburgher that was forced to move away for lack of work, or who found somebody to love somewhere else - THIS picture is like a family crest, a city seal, or company logo. It says: THIS is Pittsburgh. And THIS is ME.

With respect,

Marc Virostek