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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Living Image, The Halide Project’s third annual juried exhibition of traditional and alternative-process photography, will be on display from December 8th, 2018 to January 26th, 2019. Living Image features handcrafted photography from across the region and the globe, selected from an international open call by juror Kat Kiernan, founder and editor of Don’t Take Pictures Magazine and Director of Panopticon Gallery. “This exhibition encompasses the scope of contemporary handmade photography,” says Kiernan, “with photographs that use the science of chemistry and the art of illusion to make magic from the mundane.”

Living Image will be on view in The Halide Project’s new gallery located at 1627 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia, where THP holds photographic workshops and is developing a new community darkroom public workspace. Open gallery hours will be Thursdays through Sundays from 1pm to 5pm, or by appointment. The gallery will be closed December 20th through January 2nd. Opening weekend events include a soft preview during First Friday, December 7th, 5-9pm and an opening reception and Juror Talk with Kat Kiernan on Saturday, December 8th, 5-9pm. Refreshments are sponsored by Castellino’s Italian Market and Moore Brothers Wine Company. Prizes awarded by Artblog, The Photo Review, and Indie Photo Lab will be announced, along with a grand prize winner of $250 and an opportunity to show a body of work in The Halide Project’s annual small group show in the spring.

This year’s Living Image exhibition features the work of 29 artists: Michael Ast, Nataliya Borysenko, Tim Bowman, Ryann Casey, Monika Cichoszewska, Neil Curran, Susan DiPronio, Nicholas Fedak II, Ryan Gillespie, Robert Gordon, Judyta Grudzien, Fiona Howarth, John Jackson, Nicolas Jenkins, Paul Karabinis, Jing Lin, Alina Marin-Bliach, Roger Matsumoto, Lindsey Palmer, Hannah Pitstick, Amelia Powers, Josh Raftery, Caitlyn Soldan, Ryan Strand Greenberg, Natalia Tcherniak, Svava Tergesen, Andrew Tershakovec, Rachael Warriner, and Joan Wheeler.

A program of educational events offered in conjunction with the exhibition include a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Room to view selected related works from the museum’s permanent collection on Tuesday, December 11th; a Wet Plate Collodion Tintype demo with visiting artist Chris Morgan on Saturday January 5th; a visit to the Fabric Workshop and Museum to view analog photography made by the museum’s past resident artists on Thursday, January 17th; and a two-session Cyanotype on Fabric workshop with visiting artist Jackie Neale on Saturdays January 26th and February 2nd. Supporting Members will be invited to a private closing party on Sunday, January 27th. Details and registration for all events can be found at


Founded in 2015 by two teaching artists, Alexandra Orgera and Dale Rio, The Halide Project is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to supporting the continued practice and appreciation of traditional and alternative-process photography through exhibitions, workshops, online resources, and an upcoming community darkroom workspace. THP’s mission is to be a local and global resource for photographers working in film and chemistry-based processes, as well as to (re)introduce the public to the beauty and magic of pre-digital photographic techniques. THP is thrilled to now be operating in the organization’s new space in the South Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Prospective programming includes an open-hour community darkroom for public use, a continued program of workshops and exhibitions, mobile darkroom outreach, an artist residency program, and a city-wide photo festival in the fall of 2020. The Halide Project is currently raising funds towards a matching grant offer that will allow for completion of the darkroom construction.


Kat Kiernan is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photo Boite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.


  • What: Living Image, The Halide Project’s third annual internationally juried exhibition of contemporary handcrafted photography
  • Where: The Halide Project, 1627 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, 19122
  • When: December 8th, 2018 – January 26th, 2019 (closed Dec 20th – Jan 2nd)
  • Reception and Juror Talk with Kat Kiernan: Saturday, December 8th, 5-9pm
  • Open Gallery hours: Thursdays through Sundays, 1 – 5 PM or by appointment
  • Educational programming and events listed at


  • Friday December 7th, 5-9PM: Preview during First Friday
  • Saturday December 8th, 5-9PM: Opening Reception and Juror Talk
    with Kat Kiernan of Don’t Take Pictures Magazine and Panopticon Gallery
  • Tuesday, December 11th, 2-4PM: Visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Room
  • Saturday, January 5th, 12-3PM: Wet Plate Collodion Demo with visiting artist Chris Morgan. Custom tintype portrait sessions available.
  • Thursday, January 17th, 2-4PM: Studio Visit at the Fabric Workshop and Museum to view photographic artist boxes from the collection
  • Saturdays, January 26th & February 2nd, 1-4PM: Cyanotype on Fabric Two-Session Workshop with visiting artist Jackie Neale
  • Sunday, January 12th, 12-4PM: Members-only Coffee Closing Party