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Welcome to Historic Braddock: The Photographs of Robert Ketcham

On Friday and Saturday April 14&15 an exhibition of my Braddock photographs will take place at The Ohringer Gallery at 640 Braddock Ave. Braddock, PA. The show will feature my work over the course of the last 21 years as I documented Braddock’s changes, for both better or worse.

With the Monongahela Valley’s richest history, Braddock had a wealth of beautiful architecture, and was once a model to the world of prosperity. Braddock’s fate, like all of the mill towns in Western Pennsylvania, has been tied to the successes and failure of the steel industry. Even though the last integrated steel mill in the valley still exists here with US Steel’s Edgar Thomson Works, the decline of the steel industry overall has taken a brutal toll on Braddock.

In my work I look for the beauty in the decay. It is not only a document of the community, but an artistic statement about the past glory of the town, and a eulogy for what Braddock once was.

The Opening Reception takes place on Friday from 6-9pm, with a brief Artist Talk at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. Saturday will be open hours 3-6pm. All work will be available for purchase.

I hope to see you there!

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