Via Ithaca College Handwerker Gallery
Marcellus Shale Documentary Project
Curated by Laura Domencic
August 26–September 27, 2013
Work by Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen,
Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, Martha Rial
Artist Panel: August 29, 4.00 p.m.
Opening Reception: August 29, 5.00–7.00 p.m.
The six photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project have taken on the responsibility of telling, in the best traditions of social and environmental documentary, the complex story of Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. For the best part of a year, they have traveled across the Commonwealth, meeting people and listening to and recording their stories.
The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project tells stories, through photographic images, of how the lives of Pennsylvanians are affected by the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry. By creating a visual document of the environmental, social and economic impact of drilling, the work aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future.
In capturing images of the people and places most affected by gas drilling, photographers Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson, and Martha Rial examine both the positive and negative results of drilling and how the environment and the communities that live with the resources are being shaped. Organized by photographer Brian Cohen, and Laura Domencic, Director of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the project will compile the work into a traveling exhibition opening October 2012 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers with accompanying lectures, book and online archive.
The Marcellus Shale Documentary Project is generously supported by The Sprout Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and by the individual gifts of Josh Whetzel, Nancy Bernstein and Cathy Raphael.
If you are interested in joining these supporters by donating to this important body of work, please contact Brian Cohen at email@example.com