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RE: Pittsburgh

	I am glad you liked the Warhol Museum.  I understand that they have
2 of the 6 Interview Magazine covers that I shot on display as well as my
portrait of Andy shot in 1982 which the museum acquired last year.
	Sadly I have never visited it but hope to on my next trip north.

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From: Judy Seigel [mailto:jseigel@panix.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:53 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Pittsburgh

Having mentioned Pittsburgh I feel compelled to add that it was wonderful, 
tho more accurately I should say it IS wonderful even tho I am no longer 
there. Totally unlike what we learned in school, it's full of shiny new 
architecture -- much of it DESIGNER architecture. And, Tom Persinger (NOT 
a member of the chamber of commerce, merely director of f295 -- tho 
Chamber of Commerce should give him a medal) noted that it has more 
bridges than any other city in the world except Venice.

Which does of course make for a great many romantic views, tho it also 
makes a girl lose her sense of direction: You get out of the Andy Warhol 
Museum and want to go east, but the yellow bridge you walked in on is over 
there, and that's probably north.  The clue is that ALL bridges are 
painted yellow, so -- bring a compass.

Nor can you just hail a cab, roving taxi's aren't there yet. So you 
walk, but there are MANY great things to walk to. And the walk itself, 
(unless March wind is howling down from the North Pole) is lovely.

The gum prints at the Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History 
(look, I didn't make up that name) were extremely interesting, with an 
orangish single-coat portrait of a woman's head eerily reminiscent of one 
by Keith Gerling (seen on his website), tho Keith's was on rough paper and 
this one on smooth, so buttery I need to try it.  (Scott Yoff, the 
reigning maestro, said he thought it was a Winsor Newton watercolor 

But frankly, what thrilled me most in that "Photo Museum" was row on row 
(for 3 floors in a narrow storefront, slated for its own building when 
ready) of cartes de visite, albumen prints, tintypes, orotones, cyanotypes 
daguerreotypes, and more than I've seen anywhere else of "photo buttons" 
-- those round plates with photos in center and various borders or 
backgrounds, covered with something like celluloid, that Scott called 
"photo buttons"... plus others I forget -- more than you could take in at 
one time. (And-- a fetish of mine, a bunch of back views of the "cartes," 
showing signature designs of the studios.)

The Andy Warhol Museum is also major. Despite many recommendations, I 
figured I knew Warhol, who needed him in Pittsburgh? But finding myself on 
the doorstep with 2 hours to kill, I decided why fight it?  The thrill was 
in the many other artists there:  If you haven't seen Ron Mueck's giant 
baby girl, you need to (much more intense in the polyester, or whatever 
made it look like actual newborn about 15 feet long, than on a magazine 
page).  Other attractions, of which I managed only a sampling, included 
neighborhoods full of little old houses we used to call Pennsylvania Dutch 
(a euphemism for German, I've been told) now attracting artist refugees 
from New York's real estate prices, of whom I met a couple....  (Not to 
mention Carnegie Mellon, et al, for more art fixes.)

Tom Persinger is of course an attraction in himself, founder of f295, 
sponsor of upcoming seminar, maven of photo processes, plus tall, blond 
and handsome (if I may say so without being accused of sexism).

[See his menu for the f295 Symposium, posted March 18.]

And apparently, busses go everywhere in Pittsburgh, tho you need to know 
the numbers and the transfer points.  The ride in from the airport, for 
instance, is a long one -- $2.50 by bus, $40 -- or more -- by cab.) AND 
there's now the "Airtrain" to the E-train from Kennedy airport to 
Manhattan, which my seatmate on the flight back kindly led me to:  MUCH 
pleasanter than the SuperShuttle, plus helluva lot cheaper.


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