Friday, May 20, 2011

Forgotten Witness: The Long Lost Photographs of Pittsburgh Press Photographer Alan F. Reiland , Shaw Galleries

Forgotten Witness: The Long Lost Photographs of
Pittsburgh Press Photographer Alan F. Reiland

Cross Eyed by Alan F. Reiland



Complaint Department (Self-Portrait) by Alan F. Reiland


Hasty Retreat by Alan F. Reiland

PITTSBURGH, PA, 5/19/11 – Shaw Galleries is pleased to announce its summer Blockbuster exhibition: "Forgotten Witness: The Long Lost Photographs of Pittsburgh Press Photographer Alan F. Reiland (1927-96)," opening on Friday, June 3, 2011, in conjunction with the opening of the 2011 Three Rivers Arts Festival, and continuing through July 30.

When Alan F. Reiland (1927-96) passed quietly away at the age of 69 in August of 1996, very few of his Munhall neighbors knew of his talent as a photographer. Reiland, who once bore witnesses to Pittsburgh's first Renaissance, captured much of mid-century Pittsburgh with his camera while working briefly for The Pittsburgh Press as a photographer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Precious few staff members from that time remain who remember the tall, gangly photographer, let alone his amazing, newsworthy images that capture everything from a water main break in Market Square to the look of anguish on the face of a doting mother as she watches her young daughter, a burn victim, being cared for at Children's Hospital.

Over two dozen of Reiland's original silver gelatin photographs will be presented on their original mounts, as Reiland himself had mounted them for entry in The Press Photographers Association of Greater Pittsburgh's annual competitions, including two Honorable Mention winners - "Cross Eyed" and "A Mother's Anxiety" - with their original award stickers intact.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The
show continues through July 30.

Shaw Galleries

805 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Telephone: 412-281-4884

Web site: www.shawgalleries.com

Located in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

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