Opinions on gas drilling vary in value and credibility, but pictures are worth a thousand words.
Six photographers wanted to put their own touches on the human “picture” of gas drilling, so they set out to produce the “Marcellus Shale Documentary Project.” The work, according to the website, aims to engage communities in the current Marcellus debate while providing important historical images for the future. It also indicates that the project examines both the positive and negative results of drilling. The project includes a book, a website, and an exhibition at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries.
The project was the vision of London-born Pittsburgh-based project photographer Brian Cohen. He decided that Marcellus couldn’t be covered by one artist and that the giant needed a few brilliant minds to capture its entire scope. Cohen discussed his vision Laura Domencic, director of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and the project was born. Cohen is joined by world renowned artists and photographers.The other photographers featured in the project include: Noah Addis, Nina Berman, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Martha Rial.
The public can view the exhibit for free. Visit the project website: http://www.the-msdp.us.
“Marcellus” continues through Jan. 6 at 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland. The photographs, printed in editions of five to 10, are for sale at prices ranging from $300 to $3,000. The 220-page, paperbound Marcellus book is $25. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, and when films are screened at Melwood. Admission is free. Information: 412-681-5449 or www.pittsburgharts.org.
The project is supported by The Sprout Fund, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, and by the individual gifts of Josh Whetzel, Nancy Bernstein, and Cathy Raphael.